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Lewis Boyce and Michael Etete have left Bath with immediate effect

By Liam Heagney
(Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Forwards Lewis Boyce and Michael Etete have exited Bath for playing opportunities elsewhere. The 26-year-old prop Boyce has joined Championship leaders Ealing Trailfinders while the 25-year-old lock Etete is heading to Australia.

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A statement read: “Bath Rugby can confirm Lewis Boyce has joined Championship side Ealing on a permanent deal. The loosehead prop joined in 2019 and debuted in a 36-28 victory over Worcester Warriors in the Premiership Rugby Cup.

“Since his debut, he has been a key member of the front row, which aided Bath’s route to the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership play-offs. In total, Boyce has made 52 appearances for the club and has been a much-loved member of the squad.

“He joins up with Championship side Ealing Trailfinders, who currently sit top of the table. The club would like to thank Lewis for everything he’s given to Bath Rugby over the last four seasons.

“Bath can also confirm Michael Etete has left the club and is now pursuing an opportunity in Australia. The 25-year-old debuted in the Premiership Rugby Cup this season in a derby against Gloucester Rugby and made four appearances in total. Everyone at Bath Rugby would like to wish Michael all the best for the future.”

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In a separate statement, Ealing boss Ben Ward said: “In what is a crucial point for us in the season, we are delighted to have signed someone of Lewis’s calibre and experience. He is such an exciting player both in the set-piece and around the park and we’re all looking forward to seeing what he can do in a Trailfinders shirt.”

Boyce added: “I’m excited to move to west London and make a strong impact. Ealing have been in powerful form this season and I’m excited to get stuck in straight away and help the squad achieve their goals this season.”

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