Butch James leaves the plug in the Bath until 2012

After much speculation as to whether Butch James would be renewing his contract with Bath Rugby, the club have announced that the fly half has put pen to paper for at least another three years.

The renewal will take Butch up to the end of 2011/12 season, after the Springbok admitted that he was a “one club man.”

Aside from the obvious challenges of having helped Bath Rugby get back into the Heineken Cup this season after the European Challenge Cup victory, the South African cites the city and people as other reasons for his decision.

“I have made some really good friends in Bath and am really happy playing rugby here and hope to keep playing well for Bath.”

Having already made 22 appearances in the Bath colours and scored 113 points to date for the club, Head Coach, Steve Meehan was delighted by the decision: “It is fantastic news,” Meehan said yesterday.

“He is a great asset to the club, on and off the pitch, and we are all very excited to be able to continue to work with him for at least another three seasons.”

“I think the re-signing of Butch is bigger than the original signing of Butch. The impact that he has had on the Guinness Premiership has been outstanding and for Bath to be able to maintain and keep a player of that calibre shows the intent that this club has.

But, after pledging his future to Bath Rugby, where does this leave his clear love for the Springboks? “It is always great to be able to play for your country,” admitted Butch.

“But, I am not sure. I think my days as an international player might be numbered, although I would still really like to make the Lions Tour. If I make the selection for that, we will see from there.”

Until then, Butch is happy to pulling on his shirt for the Rec contingent. “As long as we enjoy how we play as a team, like we do at the moment, the results will follow.”


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