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Dave Attwood spurns Toulon in favour of return home

Dave Attwood becomes the second Englishman this week to spurn Toulon in favour of a return to the English Premiership.

As with Chris Ashton, Attwood has rejected the a potential deal with the French giants, instead favouring a return to Bath, who confirmed the signing this lunchtime.

The second rower spent the last four months of the season on loan to French side Toulon, where he impressed during his nine appearances for the three-time European Champions. The 31-year-old, who has made 136 appearances for Bath Rugby will return for pre-season training in what will be his seventh season in the Blue, Black and White.

Director of Rugby, Todd Blackadder, said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming Dave back for pre-season training. He is a huge asset to the squad, and we’re really excited to have him back with us ready for the new season.

“There were discussions with Toulon, but we always wanted to bring him back to Bath. He showed during his short stint there his qualities as a player, but we also know what leadership qualities he brings on and off the field too.

“Supporters know that at his best there aren’t many better players in his position, and his return will be almost like a new signing for us. With the likes of Dave, Roko (Semesa Rokoduguni), Sam Underhill, Francois Louw all fit and raring to go, we go into the campaign in a great position.”

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Dave Attwood spurns Toulon in favour of return home