10 May 2012, 12:41pm
34 times Welsh capped front row Paul James will be joining Bath Rugby next season, the Club confirmed today.
A very solid and technically sound scrummager, Paul made his debut for Wales in 2003 and most recently appeared for them during their 2012 Grand Slam, winning the RBS 6 Nations campaign.
The athletic loosehead prop, who can also play on the tighthead side of the scrum, has made 177 appearances to date for the Ospreys, a record for the region, and has scored seven tries. He also captained the side who beat Australia in 2006.
Speaking about the move, Paul said "I've been with the Ospreys since 2003 and feel that I need a new challenge to keep developing my career. Bath is a very ambitious Club and I'm excited by the prospect of being a part of that. The Aviva Premiership is one of the toughest leagues and I can't wait to get started."
Bath Rugby Chief Executive, Nick Blofeld, added "Paul is a very experienced prop with a lot to offer us, both in the scrum and around the field. He has a great attitude and is a tough customer who will add considerably to our team. We are very much looking forward to him joining us".