London - South Africa international star Francois Louw has agreed a long-term contract extension with Premiership club Bath until at least 2019.
The 30-year-old flanker has won 43 caps for the Springboks and helped them reach the World Cup semi-finals.
"I am really excited to have extended my stay at Bath," said Louw who joined in 2011, and has so far made almost 80 first-team appearances.
"It is a great environment to be involved in, and also, importantly, my family are very happy and settled in the city.
"Everyone is committed to improving and being the best they can be here, and I am looking forward to the next few years and playing my part in the club's future."
Bath head coach Mike Ford said: "Francois is one of the best players in the world, and we are obviously delighted that he is staying with us.
"His playing ability speaks for itself, but he also brings huge amounts of leadership, experience and intelligence to the club off the field, which are invaluable as we continue to develop."