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Watson confirms Bath exit

Bath back-rower Luke Watson has confirmed he is to leave the Aviva Premiership club at the end of the season to return to his native South Africa with the Eastern Province Kings franchise.

The 27-year-old former Springbok flanker has been a revelation since joining the west country outfit in November of last year, helping them to recover from a terrible start to last season to eventually reach the Premiership semi-finals.

He has continued to impress this term but he has made the decision to return home to the Currie Cup outfit on a three-year contract.

Watson commented on his Twitter page: "I'll be returning to SA after the completion of this season with Bath. I have signed a three-year contract with the Eastern Province Kings.

"(It was an) incredibly tough decision. I have loved my time at Bath. The supporters have been amazing and the club is incredibly special to me.

"My time thus far at Bath has been invaluable. It has been one of the best experiences of my life and I'll be forever grateful for that.

"However, the opportunity to return home to SA and especially to my home city PE (Port Elizabeth), is one that I have to grab with both hands!

"It's always been my dream to see top-flight rugby established within the Eastern Cape and I am very excited to be able to be a part of this."


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