Bath's latest signing Cooper Vuna signs contract extension

Cooper Vuna joined Bath Rugby in January
Cooper Vuna joined Bath Rugby in January

Bath Rugby winger Cooper Vuna will have an extended stay at Recreation Ground after signing a contract extension with the Aviva Premiership club.

The 30-year-old joined Bath in January and since then has made six appearances for the club. He started his career with Rugby League sides New Zealand Warriors and Newcastle Knights between 2004 and 2010 and switched codes in 2013 to represent Super Rugby side Rebels.

After a brief stint with Japanese club Toshiba Brave Lupus in 2013, Vuna's debut in Aviva Premiership came in 2015 for Worcester Warriors before switching to Bath in 2017.

“I’m grateful to Todd for giving me the opportunity at the start of the year – I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far, and I’m looking forward to getting a full season under my belt," said Vuna, who represented Australia and Tonga at international level. “There’s a real hunger and desire to be successful here, and have no doubt that with the players and support staff we’ve got behind us, we can do just that.”

Director of Rugby at Bath Rugby Todd Blackadder said the decision to retain Vuna was a straightforward one.

“Cooper is a great influence around the place – the way he conducts himself on and off the field is second to none, he said. “Cooper has worked really hard on his game since he’s been here, and we’re now reaping the rewards. He’s got a real eye for the try line and given half a chance, you know that he’s going to take it.”