RUMOUR | Favourite to sign Freddie Burns from Bath revealed

Freddie Burns is set to depart Bath Rugby at the end of the season, according to The Rugby Paper.

The 29-year-old has made the decision after struggling to get a starting place in Stuart Hooper’s side with Rhys Priestland continuing as first choice fly-half.

There is significant interest from Top 14 side Lyon and a move to the French side would offer Burns something different, plus solves the Top 14 sides’ search for an international level 10.

There are also rumours the former England international could make a shock move to Japan or try his hand at Super Rugby with ‘offers on the table’.

Closer to home Wasps have been linked with the 29-year-old.

Burns returned to Bath Rugby, where he started his career in the Academy, for the 2017/18 season. The fly-half joined from Leicester Tigers where he had scored over 500 points in his three seasons in the East Midlands.

The former Beechen Cliff School pupil has won five caps for England, with his debut coming in a 38-21 victory against New Zealand in December 2012.


Bath’s greatest players: Is this Bath’s greatest all-time XV?

Bath’s greatest ever XV is often debated among fans, it’s a very difficult one as the club has had numerous legends take to the field at the Rec.

Obviously, this is a matter of perspective, there’s no scientific formula for the undisputed 15, but this is pretty close to it.

Fullback: MATT PERRY

Matt Perry is a man who Bath Rugby supporters will remember with fondness for eternity.

He proudly won 36 caps for England, three for the Lions in Australia in 2001, and made an eye watering 221 appearances scoring 561 points for Bath Rugby between 1995 and his enforced retirement in 2007, at that point the Club’s longest serving player.Embed from Getty Images


Winger: DAVID TRICK

Trick was arguably the fastest player in Bath’s history, having run 10.4secs for 100m.

The laid-back winger who thrilled the fans on the flowerpots side of the Rec, scored 143 tries in only 225 1st XV games.

The speedster, an England international, is currently enjoying his second spell as club president.


Outside-centre: JEREMY GUSCOTT 

Guscott came through Bath’s youth system as a fly-half, before Jack Rowell moved him to outside centre, where he became a star for Bath, England and the British & Irish Lions.

Guscott made 268 1st XV appearances for Bath and won 65 England caps, scoring 30 Red Rose tries. The man known as the ‘Prince of Centres’ famously dropped a goal for the Lions to win the 1997 series in South AfricaEmbed from Getty Images


Inside-centre: PHIL DE GLANVILLE

De Glanville joined Bath in 1989 and captained them to a league and cup double in 1996, partnering Jeremy Guscott in the centre for this club that season, as well as many others. He played 189 times for Bath over a 12-year career, scoring 53 tries.

He also started for Bath in the victorious 1998 Heineken Cup Final as they defeated Brive.

DID YOU KNOW: Chiding his renowned good-looks, teammates often referred to De Glanville as “Hollywood”

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Winger: TONY SWIFT

At 5ft 10ins and 12st 4lbs, Swift would be diminutive in the modern game. But the winger signed from Swansea in 1985 was a lethal finisher with fantastic footwork.

In only 236 matches he amassed a try tally that is unlikely ever to be beaten at the club. Swift played six times for England and was Bath’s first chairman of the professional era.Embed from Getty Images

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