TRANSFER | Rhys Davies makes tough decision to leave Bath
Bath Rugby have confirmed that second row Rhys Davies will leave the Club to join the Ospreys ahead of the 2020/21 season.
Davies has spent five seasons with the Club since his arrival in the Academy as a 16-year-old. He has developed through the Bath Rugby pathway system alongside the liked of Miles Reid and Kieran Verden and was this season one of many home-grown players to make his senior debut.
His huge progress in the past 12 months has seen him go on to represent the Club in the Gallagher Premiership and Heineken Champions Cup this season, after making his debut in the Premiership Rugby Cup against Exeter in September 2019.
📰 Bath Rugby can today confirm that second row Rhys Davies will leave the Club to join the Ospreys ahead of the 2020/21 season.
— Bath Rugby (@bathrugby) March 11, 2020
Bath Rugby Director of Rugby Stuart Hooper commented on the departure of the home-grown second row, adding: “Rhys is a young man that we have invested a huge amount of time and energy into from the early stages of his young career through to the present season, where we have seen him really emerge and display some impressive performances. The process we went through with him to consider his options was thorough, and we know it was a difficult decision for him to make.
“It’s rewarding and satisfying in a way, to see one of our young men develop the way he has, and to see him benefit from the programme that is available here to our best young players. Whilst we are disappointed he is leaving, we are confident that we can continue to develop young men through our pathway and have an exciting group of players to continue to work with moving forwards.
“We will wish Rhys all the best when he does leave us in the summer, and until then, look forward to continuing to work with him and seeing him perform in the Blue, Black and White again this season.”
Full list of 2020–21 Gallagher Premiership transfers
This is a list of player transfers involving Premiership Rugby teams before or during the 2020-21 season.
Players out: Rhys Webb (Ospreys), Sam Nixon (Bayonne), Rhys Davies (Ospreys)
Players in: Semi Radradra (Bordeaux), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Mitch Eadie (Northampton Saints), Max Malines (Saracens – loan), Ben Earl (Saracens – loan)
Players out: Jordan Crane (retiring), Aly Muldowney (retiring), Mat Protheroe (Ospreys), Nicky Thomas (Ospreys)
Players out: Enrique Pieretto (Glasgow Warriors), Nic White (Brumbies)
Players in: Louis Rees-Zammit (promoted from Academy), Jack Singleton (Saracens), Jordy Reid (Ealing Trailfinders)
Players out: Callum Braley (Benetton)