Bath’s Dave Attwood focused on beating Bristol before reunion

• Lock will return to Bristol next season, where his career began
• Both teams chasing place in Premiership top six

The Bath lock Dave Attwood has insisted there will be no split loyalties when he lines up against his future employers at Twickenham on Saturday. Attwood will return to Bristol next season having started his career there but, with both sides chasing a place in the Premiership’s top six, the 32-year-old is fully focused on the task in hand.

Attwood is in his ninth season with Bath but was unable to agree a deal that suited both parties and despite interest from France – where he spent a prosperous loan spell at Toulon last season – he has opted for his home town. The Bears will also facilitate his law conversion course. Attwood, who already has a degree in physics and philosophy, is aiming to become a barrister when he retires.

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