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Priestland takes the plunge with Bath

January 06, 2015 11:47:15 UK

Wales outside-half Rhys Priestland is looking forward to a fresh challenge after agreeing to join Aviva Premiership Bath from Scarlets at the end of the season.

The 27-year-old, who has won 32 caps for his country, has spent the whole of his career to date with the Llanelli-based club, but has now opted try his luck in England, despite it possibly hindering his international prospects.

I’ve been really impressed watching Bath develop over the past couple of years into one of the most exciting teams in the country.

Rhys Priestland

Priestland told the official Bath Rugby website: “My entire rugby career has been spent in Wales and, although I’ve enjoyed that time enormously, I need a new challenge.

“I’ve been really impressed watching Bath develop over the past couple of years into one of the most exciting teams in the country. It’s a world-class organisation in every sense, including the players, coaching staff and facilities.”

Meanwhile, Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac is sorry to see Priestland move on, but accepts that the player was keen on a change of scenery.

He added on the Scarlets website: “We appreciate that this is a great opportunity for Rhys to further develop and progress on a personal level.

“As a region we were keen to retain Rhys’ services but were unable to do so – there are times when it’s not the right decision for the individual at the time.

“Rhys has developed into a skilled fly-half who commands excellence at all times and his leadership qualities, experience and maturity will be missed.”

Scarlets are currently seventh in the Pro12 standings and are 34.00 to win the Grand Final this season, with table-topping Ospreys 7.00 and Leinster 3.00.

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