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Three internationals among 9 new arrivals at Bath

By Kim Ekin
Chris Cloete of Munster arrives prior to the Guinness PRO14 Round 8 match between Connacht and Munster at The Sportsground in Galway. (Photo By Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Three internationals are among nine new arrivals confirmed at Bath as the club usher in a new era under Johann van Graan.

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It’s been a nightmare season for Bath, who despite significant financing, finished bottom of the Gallagher Premiership. The West country side managed just five wins and a draw in this season’s competition and fared little better in the Heineken Champions Cup.

Van Graan, who presided over an admittedly mixed bag of results at Munster, will be hoping he can turn the club around after their worst ever Premiership campaign.

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With that in mind, the club confirmed their playing squad for next season.

As confirmed earlier in the year, Dave Attwood is back and set add to his 157 performances in Blue, Black, and White, while the veteran quartet of Chris Cloete, former Springbok Louis Schreuder, Niall Annett and England international Piers Francis has also been enlisted.

Van Graan has brought Cloete with him from Munster, along with former Saracens fullback Matt Gallagher.

Backrows JJ Tonks of the Northampton Saints and Wesley White of the Jersey Reds join intriguing young centre Louie Hennessey.

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Against this they have lost the services of Anthony Watson, Taulupe Faletau and Danny Cipriani.

Prop: Lewis Boyce, Arthur Cordwell, Archie Griffin, Johannes Jonker, Archie Maggs*, Beno Obano, D’Arcy Rae, Juan Schoeman, Archie Stanley, Will Stuart, Kieran Verden

Hooker: Niall Annett, Tom Doughty, Tom Dunn, Jasper Spandler, John Stewart

Second Row: Dave Attwood, Josh Dingley, Charlie Ewels, Josh McNally, Ewan Richards, Will Spencer, Mike Williams

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Back Row: Abdul-Khalik Akenzua Al Kareem, Josh Bayliss, Chris Cloete, Jaco Coetzee, Thompson Cowan, Richard de Carpentier, Tom Ellis, Mackenzie Graham, Arthur Green, Will Jeanes, Nahum Merigan, Frankie Read, Miles Reid, Ethan Staddon, JJ Tonks, Sam Underhill, Wesley White

Scrum-Half: Tom Carr-Smith, Max Green, Louis Schreuder, Ben Spencer

Fly-Half: Orlando Bailey, Ciaran Donoghue, Piers Francis, Sam Harris, George Worboys

Centre: Will Butt, Louie Hennessey, Jonathan Joseph, Max Ojomoh, Will Parry, Cameron Redpath, Jordan Venter, Max Wright

Back Three: Darren Atkins, Joe Cokanasiga, Matt Gallagher, Gabe Goss, Tom de Glanville, Gabriel Hamer-Webb, Ruaridh McConnochie, Will Muir

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