BATH Rugby have confirmed that Lewis Boyce, Christian Judge, Will Stuart and Mike Williams will join them ahead of the 2019/20 season.
Boyce will arrive at the Rec from Premiership rivals Harlequins. The 22 year-old has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting loose-head props in the country and was rewarded with a place in Eddie Jones’ 35-man squad for England’s Six Nations campaign last year.
Judge arrives in the West Country from Cornish Pirates and comes with Premiership pedigree having spent the season on loan at reigning champions Saracens. The 25 year-old former Plymouth Albion tight-head has made 11 appearances to date for Mark McCall’s side, his most recent coming in the 10-28 victory over Lyon in the Heineken Champions Cup.
Stuart is another tight-head prop who has come through Wasps Academy. He featured in England’s triumphant World Rugby U20 Championship in 2016, and has continued to show his promise for his club side making 24 appearances.
Lock/back-row Williams will arrive from Leicester. The 27 year-old has spent the last three-and-a-half seasons with the Tigers appearing 70 times.
Bath’s director of rugby Todd Blackadder said: “We’re delighted to bring in four quality players, who will bring significant strength to the pack going into next season. They’re all players who are aspiring to achieve, and that’s exactly the ambition we share as a Club.
“We are going to go into next season even stronger as a squad, and Lewis, Christian, Will and Mike will play a huge role for us moving forward. They have a real hunger to develop and have the traits we look for to enhance the competitive environment both on the training field and matchday.”
Pirates co-coach Alan Paver is pleased that Judge has secured a permanent move to the Premiership, even though it is a loss for his side.
“Again, we are not only delighted but proud that Christian has progressed in a way that has taken the attention of not only Saracens but now Bath,” said Paver. “Everyone is behind him and congratulating him on his outstanding achievement.
“During his time at the Pirates he has been an outstanding contributor, and with a lot of rugby still to be played he is keen to finish strongly on his return at the end of this month.”