Although neither Gloucester nor Bath have officially confirmed the move, Matt Banahan will play his rugby for Gloucester next year.

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It was reported in November that Banahan was set to leave the club as he couldn’t come to terms with Bath on a new contract, and today the Rugby Paper confirmed that he has signed for rival Gloucester.

Banahan is one of Bath’s longest serving players and has scored over 90 tries for the Premiership outfit.

A favourite among fans, his leaving the club will come as a blow, albeit one that has been rumoured for months.

At 6’7″, the Jersey-born wing switched from the pack to the wing with devastating effect, scoring 16 tries in his debut season for Bath Rugby.

Capped 16 times for England – he scored twice in his first two Test, and featured at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand – Banahan is the undisputed top try-scorer in the current Bath squad.

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A long-time servant of Bath Rugby, Banahan has been a fantastic ambassador for the Club since his arrival from the London Irish Academy in 2006.

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