Bath Rugby is delighted to confirm that Wales international fly-half Rhys Priestland will be joining the Club next season.
The 27-year-old joins Bath from Scarlets, for whom he is closing in on 150 appearances. In Priestland’s time at the West Wales region, he has scored over 1000 points.
Priestland, who has 32 caps for his country, burst onto the international scene in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, where he steered Wales to their first semi-final since 1987.
“My entire rugby career has been spent in Wales and, although I’ve enjoyed that time enormously, I need a new challenge,” said Priestland, who was born and raised in Carmarthenshire. “I’ve been really impressed watching Bath develop over the past couple of years into one of the most exciting teams in the country. It’s a world-class organisation in every sense, including the players, coaching staff and facilities.”
Mike Ford, Head Coach of Bath Rugby, said: “Rhys is a fantastic player with an impressive pedigree: his record with Scarlets and Wales speaks for itself. He’s got a wide range of talents that suit our game plan and he’ll make a great addition to our squad. He’s still quite a young guy, but one with a lot of experience that will be really valuable, especially in the development of our younger players.”