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Knee op for Hape

England centre Shontayne Hape has played his last game for Bath.

Hape, who will join the west country club's Aviva Premiership rivals London Irish next season, is to undergo a minor knee operation.

That will rule him out of Bath's remaining Premiership games this term against Wasps at Twickenham, followed by home and away appointments with Newcastle.

Hape would also miss the Premiership play-offs next month, although Bath are currently nine points adrift of the top four, with Leicester, Saracens, Gloucester and Northampton looking set to secure semi-final places.

Hape said: "I have had a great time at Bath, and I am so thankful for the help everyone here has given me in making the transition to union and in fulfilling my international ambitions.

"It has been a very enjoyable three years, and while I am excited about the new challenges awaiting me, I will be sad to leave the guys here."


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