TRANSFER | Bath confirm Zach Mercer departure and replacement - Ruck

TRANSFER | Bath confirm Zach Mercer departure and replacement

Bath have confirmed that Zach Mercer will be leaving the Club at the end of the season and will join TOP14 side Montpellier

They’ve also announced that exciting South African No.8 Jaco Coetzee joining the Blue, Black and White for 2021/22. 

Academy graduate, Mercer has made the decision to leave English shores to continue his career with French giants, Montpellier.

The skillful forward, who is known for his strong ball carrying and is a well-known favourite of Blue, Black and White supporters, will leave the Club when his contract runs out.

Coetzee will join the Club as Mercer’s replacement bringing vast experience alongside his impressive stopping power and physical play at the breakdown.

Coetzee brings significant attacking capability as a destructive ball-carrying No. 8 and will add further dominance to the squad as it evolves its attacking game. 

“It has been a long-standing dream of mine to play in France – the game is physical and will suit my playing style,” Mercer told the Bath website.

“I’ve spent a huge part of my career with the Blue, Black and Whites and I will be forever grateful for the opportunities this has brought me.

Director of rugby Stuart Hooper added: “With Jaco’s arrival, we feel we have an unbelievably exciting addition to the squad who will be available to play for the club for the full season.

“He’s an intimidating ball carrier and will cause huge problems for our opposition no matter where he is on the field. I’m looking forward to seeing him compete with our current group of strong back rowers to get on the field for us.”

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