Bath - England
second row forward Dave Attwood boosted English Premiership side Bath
on Wednesday by committing himself to them for next season.
The 31-year-old - who won the last of his 24 caps against South
Africa in November 2016 - had been on loan at French Top 14 side Toulon
and there had been talks about extending his stay.
However, Todd Blackadder, Bath's director of rugby, announced on the
club website that Attwood would be displaying his leadership qualities for
Bath and not Toulon next season.
"We're really looking forward to welcoming Dave back for pre-season training," said Blackadder.
"He is a huge asset to the squad, and we're really excited to have him back with us ready for the new season.
"There were discussions with Toulon, but we always wanted to bring him back to Bath.
"He showed during his short stint there his qualities as a player,
but we also know what leadership qualities he brings on and off the
"Supporters know that at his best there aren't many better players in
his position, and his return will be almost like a new signing for us,"
added the former New Zealand captain.
Attwood has been a stalwart of the Bath side for several seasons,
making 136 appearances since joining them in 2011 from Gloucester.