Sam Underhill, Jack Walker and Max Wright have all signed three-year contract extensions, securing their futures playing for Bath Rugby.
Director of Rugby, Stuart Hooper said “These three young men committing their futures to the club is a huge statement of intent. They are all English qualified and determined to succeed in Bath colours.
“Sam has developed with us and gone on to become one of the best flankers in the world, getting to a World Cup final and performing. Combine that with the attributes, attitudes and behaviours of Jack Walker and Max Wright, and it is these types of players and these types of commitments that will allow us to become the team that we know we are capable of being.”
Underhill has established himself as a powerful forward, his impacts within key moments of the game having a huge influence on momentum, even on the world stage with England.
Speaking about his contract extension, Underhill said “I am delighted to have re-signed with the club. I am excited for my future with Bath Rugby. It’s a club that has a lot of potential. It has been a new set up this year, and I have been impressed by how everything is gelling together.”
Walker captained Bath on two occasions in the Premiership Rugby Cup earlier in the season with a strong contribution to the outcome of securing 51 out of 53 line-outs in the four fixtures.
“We not only have excellent coaches here at the club but also world class rugby staff who work tirelessly to make sure that every minute we train is developing our game and our ability to perform to our very best,” Walker said. “We have a great bunch of young lads who are hungry to get better and win things mixed in with established and experienced players.”
Wright has displayed his value over the course of the past 18 months after making his breakthrough in 2018/19, making his Gallagher Premiership and Heineken Champions Cup debuts.
“I have been really well supported and feel like I have developed a lot since arriving here in 2017,” said the former England U20 World Cup winner.
“I feel like I can push on with a Bath in the next few years, and that my impact can continue to grow within the squad at the same time as our performances as a group continue to improve. I want to be a part of the future here and the success I feel we can all achieve together.”
Main image: Sam Underhill playing for Bath Rugby against Gloucester Rugby. Credit: Patrick Khachfe