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Bath time for Thomas

Bath have announced the signing of highly-rated prop Henry Thomas.

Thomas, who is a member of the England squad for this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship, will join Bath from Sale Sharks at the end of this season.

The 22-year-old made his Test debut during last summer's Argentina tour.

"I am really excited to be moving to Bath next season," Thomas said.

"They are a club clearly on the rise, with a lot of ambition."

He added on Bath's official website: "They also have a very strong pack, excellent coaches and a top squad, so I can't wait to get started there."

Bath have also moved to sign 21-year-old loosehead prop Nick Auterac from Saracens for next season.

An England Under-20 international, Auterac made his Saracens debut against Wasps in November 2012 after progressing through the club's academy system.

"Henry and Nick are exceptionally talented, and they have a lot of potential as young players to get even better," Bath forwards coach Neal Hatley said.

"They are enthusiastic about learning and improving, which really fits the culture we are building here at Bath. We're very much looking forward to them joining the squad."

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