Contract extension for Bath pair

Bath's Rob Webber has signed a new contract with the club
Bath's Rob Webber has signed a new contract with the club

Bath hookers Rob Webber and Ross Batty have both signed new contracts with the club.

Webber, who featured in all four of England's autumn internationals last month, moved to the Rec in 2012 from Wasps and has since made 28 Premiership appearances for the club.

Batty joined Bath from Newcastle in 2010 and has played 55 league games for the West Country outfit.

"There is a huge amount of drive and ambition at the club, which is fantastic to be part of," Webber told the club's official website.

"We are all striving to be the best we can be and I believe the set-up here - the coaching team, the support staff and the facilities - provides us with the best possible opportunity to do that."

Batty added: "I'm really happy to have extended my contract with Bath.

"I really enjoy being here and it's a great club to be part of. This is my fifth season and it's a great squad to work with every day.

"We're on the right road, and I want to carry on being part of the journey we've started."

Bath have enjoyed a strong start to the season, sitting second in the Premiership table and two points behind league leaders Northampton after nine games.

Head coach Mike Ford said: "We're building a really strong squad here at Bath, and the likes of Rob, Ross and Tom Dunn have been here from the beginning of that and completely understand what we're trying to achieve.

"It goes without saying they are both talented, dynamic rugby players, but it's also what they add off the field that makes them really important to us."