Matt Banahan makes switch from Bath to Gloucester

Matt Banahan is on his way to Gloucester after 12 years with Bath
Matt Banahan is on his way to Gloucester after 12 years with Bath

Gloucester Rugby have confirmed the signing of England international Matt Banahan from their Aviva Premiership rivals Bath.

The 31-year-old will switch to Kingsholm ahead of the next season and has racked up over 250 appearances for Bath since his debut for the Recreation Ground outfit in 2006.

Banahan, a product of London Irish Academy made his England debut against Argentina in Manchester in 2009 and has overall played 16 Tests with his last appearance for the red rose team coming in October 2011.

Gloucester Director of Rugby David Humphreys is delighted to secure the services of Banahan and believes his ability to play across different positions will benefit the club.

"We are thrilled that Matt has decided to join Gloucester Rugby at the end of the season.

"Matt has had a wonderful career at Bath and he will bring a huge amount of quality and experience to the young, exciting squad we are building in Gloucester.

"His versatility and ability to play in a number of positions across the backline adds real depth to our squad and Matt's quality will complement the style of rugby Johan Ackermann has brought to the Club this season.

"I know how tough a decision it was for Matt to leave Bath but we're all looking forward to seeing him playing in Cherry and White next season."

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