Bath Rugby are pleased to confirm that Lewis Boyce, Christian Judge, Will Stuart and Mike Williams will join the club ahead of the 2019/20 season.
All English-qualified, the four new recruits will not only bring the quality required to challenge consistently in Gallagher Premiership Rugby and Europe, but will also bring their individual characteristics to add to the competitive environment at the club.
Boyce will join the Blue, Black and White following two seasons with Gallagher Premiership Rugby rival Harlequins. The 22 year-old has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting loosehead props in the country and was rewarded with a place in Eddie Jones’ 35-man squad for England’s Six Nations campaign last year.
Judge arrives in the West Country from Cornish Pirates and comes with Gallagher Premiership Rugby pedigree having spent the season on loan at reigning champions Saracens. The 25 year-old tighthead has made 11 appearances to date for Mark McCall’s side, his most recent coming in the 28-10 victory over Lyon in the Heineken Champions Cup.
Stuart joins the club having come through the Wasps Academy, with the tighthead prop making his first team debut during the 2017/18 season. The front rower featured in England’s triumphant World Rugby U20 Championship in 2016, and has continued to show his promise for his club side making 24 appearances.
Bath will also welcome Williams from Leicester for the 2019/20 season. Comfortable across both the second row and back row, the 27 year-old has spent the last three-and-a-half seasons with the Tigers, appearing 70 times. At 6ft 5in and 18 stone, Williams will add a considerable physical presence to the squad.
✍️ | @bathrugby are pleased to announce four new signings ahead of the 2019/20 season.
— Bath Rugby (@bathrugby) January 18, 2019
Director of rugby, Todd Blackadder said: “We’re delighted to bring in four quality players, who will bring significant strength to the pack going into next season. They’re all players who are aspiring to achieve, and that’s exactly the ambition we share as a club.
“We are going to go into next season even stronger as a squad, and Lewis, Christian, Will and Mike will play a huge role for us moving forward. They have a real hunger to develop and have the traits we look for to enhance the competitive environment both on the training field and matchday.”
“I’m really looking forward to continuing my development with Bath Rugby. I’ve hugely enjoyed my time at Harlequins and am fully focused on the next five months as there is a lot of rugby still to be played this season with the club challenging strongly on a number of fronts.”
“I’ve had a great experience this season with Saracens – it’s not only helped to develop my all round game but given me that world-class competition week in, week out. To have the opportunity to come to Bath next season is huge for my career, and one that I’m relishing.”
“There is a great deal of emphasis placed on developing young players at the club, which was fundamental in my decision to move to Bath. I feel there is no better place for me to learn and I have no doubt that I can make big strides forward as a player.”
“I’ve played against Bath on a number of occasions during my time with Worcester and Leicester, so to be able to pull on the shirt at the Rec for the first time will be a really special moment. The squad for 19/20 and beyond looks very strong and I’m excited to be part of that.”