Three former internationals among five other players confirmed as leaving Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby has confirmed the departure of five more marginal players in addition to the big names already announced as leaving the club this month.

Loosehead backer Will Vaughan, former Wales international winger Tom Prydie, Tongan international head coach Ma’afu Fia, cap England international Joe Simpson and lock Harry Casson will all be moving this month as their contracts expire.

Four of the five outgoing players have joined short-term deals this season, with free agent Prydie, 30, picked up in the autumn during an injury crisis while Fia arrived on loan from Ospreys, a half-fight Simpson joined on loan from Gloucester and Casson. arrived in March from Championship side Ealing Trailfinders.

The last five players join wingers Anthony Watson and Semesa Rokoduguni, number eight Taulupe Faletau, fly halves Danny Cipriani and Tian Schoeman, center Max Clark, scrimmage half Ollie Fox, loose-backed back Valeriy Morozov and hooker Jacques du Toit in departure from the Rec this month. .

Head coach Neal Hatley said: “We really appreciate the efforts of Simmo, Tom, Harry and Ma’afu since they arrived at the club.

“Simmo and Tom were great professionals and really helped develop some of our younger players. Ma’afu was great for his previous and added value to our relaxed choices and Harry won a Premiership debut while providing great energy in coaching.

“We’d like to wish them all the best for their next opportunity.”

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Frontrower Vaughan came through the academy at the club after joining as a 13-year-old.

The 24-year-old was promoted to the senior squad in January 2019 after appearing in the Gallagher Premiership, Premiership Rugby Cup and made his European debut this season as a late substitute against four-time European champion Leinster.

In all, Vaughan made 15 senior appearances in the Blue, Black and White and also spent time on short-term loans at Doncaster Knights and Jersey Reds.

Vaughan said: “I have made some of the best friendships and memories since I was involved with Bath since I was 13 years old.

“I’d like to thank my family for all the support they’ve given me over the years at Bath, but it’s the right time to move on from the club.”

Bath head coach Neal Hatley said: “Vaughany is a great character and has grown with a lot of players in our senior squad. He has been brilliant to have around the squad and has developed a huge amount since his senior debut in 2019.

“We wish him the best of luck with his next adventure.”

Ospreys have confirmed that 32-year-old frontman Fia will leave the United Rugby Championship club this summer, making 105 appearances and winning six tries for the Welsh region in seven years, but he will not move to Bath permanently.

It is understood Simpson has another year on his contract at Kingsholm but continues to look for options elsewhere as he is hostile with Cherry and Whites head coach George Skivington, with a move to Newcastle Falcons silenced.

Speaking to the Daily Mail last month, Simpson said: “The market is worse than it once was.

“Club owners dictate their costs and with the pay limits starting to bite, clubs have to cut their squads by two or three players.

“Without any relegation, there is no fear of the lower teams to fill their squads. There is no big market or demand, so I could be in a new career. [fiance] after a few months.

“I’ll stay in shape for the next four months and if anything came up it would be brilliant.

“I always knew the real world would come one day. I have a degree in economics.

“I feel like I have three more seasons in me, but if I have to retire at 33 because it’s not the jobs or the economy for that, I’m going to leave with a fully functioning body and pleasant memories.”

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