Bath Rugby has secured Will Stuart with a fresh contract, ensuring his stay until the summer of 2026.
The England international, who joined the Blue, Black, and White from Wasps in 2019, boasting 71 appearances, was facing the end of his current deal this season.
However, the 27-year-old prop has inked a two-year extension, committing to the club’s future.
Stuart said: “I am really happy to be committing my future to the club for the next two years. Bath Rugby has become my home and being surrounded by such a brilliant group of players, coaches, and support staff is what makes being here so special.
“We are at a stage where I believe the best is yet to come and that’s something I want to be a part of.”
Head of Rugby Johann van Graan said: “We are blessed to have brilliant tightheads at Bath Rugby. I am so glad ‘Stuey’ will be staying at Bath. He is an international prop and he’s formed such a good combination inside and outside of him. We are developing world-class props here at Bath Rugby and Will is a big part of our future.”
Stuart has won 33 caps for England and helped the national team finish third at last year’s 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
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