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Francois Louw agrees long-term contract extension at Bath

South Africa international star Francois Louw has agreed a long-term contract extension with Aviva Premiership club Bath.

Bath announced that Louw's deal will see him remain at the Recreation Ground until at least 2019.

The 30-year-old flanker has won 43 caps for the Springboks and he was arguably their most consistent player during the 2015 Rugby World Cup, when South Africa reached the semi-finals.

Louw joined Bath in 2011, and he has so far made almost 80 first-team appearances.

"Francois is one of the best players in the world, and we are obviously delighted that he is staying with us," Bath head coach Mike Ford said.

"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."

And Louw added: "I am really excited to have extended my stay at Bath.

"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."

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