RUMOUR: Nick Abendanon to put retirement on ice and make Premiership return

Nick Abendanon had spoken of his frustration at potentially having to quit rugby after seeing his hopes of a Premiership swansong torpedoed by the coronavirus crisis.

The fullback had held talks with the San Diego Legion in the US and had been linked with a return to the English Premiership with London Irish.

However, with January’s Covid-19 outbreak hitting rugby finances around the globe, Abendanon, told The Rugby Paper: “I’m out of contract at the end of June and had a couple of potential options that looked very promising, but both of those have dried up.

“That’s obviously disappointing and at this stage it looks as though I’m going to be hanging up my boots, unless something else comes along in the next three months.”

Nevertheless, according to RUCK sources, Bath have made contact with the 33-year-old to discuss a possible return to The Rec after six years at Clermont Auvergne.

It’s thought the Blue, Black and Whites are looking to sign him to an initial three-month contract with a view to a one-year deal when rugby restarts again properly.


LIST | Five senior Bath players set for exit in big overhaul

Bath Rugby are set for a significant overhaul of their playing squad that will end in at least five senior players leaving,  …

1. Josh Matavesi

The flying Fijian has made quite the impression after his mid-season switch from Newcastle Falcons to replace Jamie Roberts but Bath boss Stuart Hooper revealed he only has a contract at The Rec until the end of the season. Bristol Bears director of rugby Pat Lam is known to be a huge fan of the player.

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