ATTWOOD TO LEAVE BATH FOR BRISTOL RETURN


ENGLAND lock Dave Attwood will leave Bath Rugby at the end of the season to re-join their West Country rivals Bristol.

Attwood, who came through Bristol’s academy, will move to Ashton Gate in the summer on a two-year deal.

The 31-year-old has 24 caps for England and as well as Bath has also played for Gloucester and Toulon.

Bristol coach Pat Lam said:  “Dave ticks the boxes for the type of player we want to fit our vision; he’s home-grown, an England international, a consistent performer in the Champions Cup and a quality person.

“We’re delighted to be able to welcome Dave back home. It’s important to us to have a core of Bristolians representing the city and he is a high-quality Premiership performer.

“To challenge for Premiership and Champions Cup trophies, it’s vital to have a strong depth of quality experienced forwards. Dave, as an excellent set-piece operator, certainly brings that as well as real physicality and presence to the Bears forward pack. It’ll be fantastic to have him on board.”

Attwood said: “It’s a hugely exciting opportunity for me to come back to Bristol, where my rugby education began.”

Meanwhile, Semesa Rokoduguni scored four tries as Bath beat Gloucester 52-0 in their rearranged Premiership Rugby Cup match at the Rec on Monday night.

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