Chris Brooker returns back to Bath on loan

Chris Brooker, centre, has rejoined former club Bath on loan from Bristol
Chris Brooker, centre, has rejoined former club Bath on loan from Bristol
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Bath have acquired the services of Bristol hooker Chris Brooker on loan for the remainder of the ongoing season.

Brooker made his professional rugby debut in 2006 with the Recreation Ground outfit and has also featured for Harlequins and Worcester Warriors before joining Bristol in 2014.

The 30-year-old was called up in England's Elite Player Squad and was regarded as a bright talent by former coach Stuart Lancaster but persistent injuries prevented him from making his debut for the red rose team.

Bath rugby director Todd Blackadder is relieved to have Brooker in the squad to make amends for the depleted front-row due to injuries.

"We're really pleased to have been able to bring someone who has as much experience as Chris in at this stage in the season," said Blackadder.

"We've lost Tom Dunn and Jack Walker in recent weeks to injury, so to have Chris in the squad will be a huge boost heading into a critical part in our season."

Meanwhile, Bath have also extended contracts of prop Shaun Knight and former South Africa Under-20 Michael van Vuuren.

Former Gloucester player Knight joined Bath in 2016 and has agreed to be part of the club until 2018 summer while van Vuuren has been part of Cheetahs, Stade Français and Leicester Tigers.

"It's been a busy month or so with contract renewals, but we're delighted to have secured a number of players in preparation for next season.

"Shaun and Michael are another two players that we had identified as playing an important role at the club and I have no doubt they will offer a great deal to the squad during their time here."

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