Michael Claassens has signed a new two-year deal that will keep him at bath rugby union till 2013. The 27-year-old arrived at the Rec in 2007 and has become an integral member of Steve Meehan’s side.

“I’ve been speaking to the club for about three months and it was about either going back to South Africa or staying in Bath,” said Claassens.

“Timing-wise I just think it’s best decision for me my wife and I to stay here for another few years.”

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Bath are interested in signing St Helens star Kyle Eastmond in a code switch. The 21-year-old England international, who made his debut in 2008 before effectively replacing Saints legend Sean Long, has met Bath officials.

And Bath are aware that he has just one season left to run on his contract.

“He’s one of league’s most exciting prospects and could make the transfer across pretty seamlessly,” Bath coach Brad Davis told BBC Radio Bristol.

“Any club he chooses to go to will greatly benefit from his services.”

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Luke Watson says that he wants to finish his Bath career in a successful manner. The 27-year-old Springbok this week announced he would be returning to his hometown of Port Elizabeth at the end of the season.

The back rower has been out of action for six weeks but will return shortly.

“I can’t wait to get back on the pitch and make these last six months count and repay Bath for everything they’ve given me,” Watson told BBC Bristol.

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Michael Claassens says that Bath have received a good rest and are ready to go all guns blazing. Bath won one and lost one of their LV= Cup pool matches giving their first-team regulars a break from the action.

“Time off is vital. It’s a long season so it’s good to get a mental break,” the scrum-half told BBC Radio Bristol.

“A lot of the guys that came back look fresh at training. We haven’t played as well as we know we’re capable of yet, so I’m sure this is the turn for us.”

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