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Bath pull plug on seven

Aviva Premiership club Bath have confirmed the identities of seven players who will leave them at the end of this season.

Half-backs Stephen Donald and Michael Claassens had already been announced as departures, and they will feature in their final home game for Bath on Saturday when Leicester visit the Recreation Ground.

Joining them will be Scotland international forward Simon Taylor and his back-row colleague Ben Skirving, plus backs Sam Vesty, Jack Cuthbert and Mark McMillan.

The group can boast more than 550 first-team appearances between them.

"We would like to thank all these players for their commitment and hard work in their time at Bath Rugby, and wish them all the very best in the next stages of their careers," Bath head coach Gary Gold said.

Among Bath's new signings for next term are fly-half George Ford, from Leicester, and London Irish back Jonathan Joseph.

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