Bath centre Jackson Willison will be playing in French competition ProD2 next season after signing a three-year contract with Soyaux Angouleme.
Born in New Zealand, the 31-year-old started his career with provincial side Waikato in 2007 with his Super Rugby debut for Chiefs coming two years later.
Jackson Willison the latest Bath man to move on – he admitted to me earlier in the year his future was still up in the air. https://t.co/fLBzZiLZ36— John Evely (@JohnEvely_BPost) May 31, 2020
He switched to Auckland Blues in 2013 before heading to Grenoble in 2014 on a two-year deal. He went on to make his debut in the English Premiership ahead of the 2015/16 season when he joined Worcester Warriors before switching to Bath Rugby in 2018.
He played 54 Premiership games scoring six tries with 16 first-team appearances coming for Bath Rugby.
Willison also represented New Zealand Under 20 in 2008 and went on to win the won the Junior World Championship.
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Bath transfers | 3 Back-Rowers They Could Realistically Sign This Summer
Bath could be in the market for a back-rower for next season as Stuart Hooper continues to assemble a squad that could be viewed as title contenders.
It’s already been confirmed that club legend Francois Louw will be retiring while Wales and Lions star Taulupe Faletau continues to be linked with an early exit.
Sam Underhill and Zach Mercer are also expected to play key roles for Eddie Jones with England, meaning the black, blue and whites could be left bare in the back-row.
Here’s who Bath should look to sign this summer, COVID-19 depending…
1. Michael Hooper
The Wallabies captain is reportedly looking for a short-term loan move to the Gallagher Premiership, according to the Sydney Morning Herald report.
Due to ongoing pay cuts, Rugby Australia has agreed that a half-dozen of its top stars will be permitted to seek out six-month contracts overseas outside of the international Test window.
Considered one of the world’s best flankers, the 28-year-old would be a marquee signing for Bath. There will be plenty of competition for his signature.