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Huge boost for Bath as Anthony Watson and three other senior players agree new deals

Anthony Watson, Charlie Ewels, Nathan Catt and Elliott Stooke have all committed to new ‘long-term’ deals with Bath.

The news follows Taulupe Faletau, Semesa Rokoduguni, Zach Mercer and Beno Obano all confirming their future remains with the Blue, Black and White.

Bath sit eighth in the Premiership this season and have shown they have one eye on the future by announcing a new coaching structure to come into effect from next season, which will see Stuart Hooper take over as head coach from 2021.

With Bath defining the quartet’s contracts only as ‘long-term’, team director of rugby Todd Blackadder said all four had a ‘fundamental’ role to play in the fortunes of The Rec.

Blackadder, said: “We have not shied away from the fact that we want to play smart attacking rugby, whilst also developing our own unique style of play. We know we are not there yet.

“To re-sign such an exciting group of players is testament to their belief in our direction of travel and the environment we have created here at Bath. Anthony Watson, Charlie Ewels, Nathan Catt and Elliott Stooke all have fundamental roles to play in our future and we are delighted to have ensured they are a part of it.

“Catty and Ewelsy are Bath men through and through and have played a crucial role both on and off the field throughout my time here. Both have deep-rooted knowledge of our game and our club, which has been invaluable to the squad and ensuring or culture remains strong.

“Stookie has developed his game considerably over the last few seasons. I’m incredibly proud to see him involved in the England set up, and I know the prospect of international rugby will drive his performances for our Club even further.

“Ant is one of those rare players who is incredibly talented yet so hungry to learn and get better every day.

“His performances for Bath have earned him games at the very highest level with England and the Lions, he is a role model to our players with his work ethic and commitment to the club.

“He’s currently out with an Achilles injury but that has not stopped him working tirelessly with our medical team to ensure he gets back to the field performing at the levels he expects of himself as soon as possible.”

TRP reported in our November 4 edition Saracens and Leicester Tigers were eyeing up a move for lock Charlie Ewels. The England international has made two appearances as a replacement so far this autumn and his club contract was due to expire at the end of the season.

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