Bath sign Nicky Little to replace Butch James

Bath Rugby has secured Fijian fly-half Nicky Little on a one-year contract.


The Fijian comes in for the injured Bath Rugby star Butch James, and whilst he starts on a one-year deal, it is open for extension, which will impress a greater challenge for the shirt on James, when fit, and on Ryan Davis.

Little is no stranger to the Guinness Premiership however, having played for both Saracens and Sale Sharks and as Fiji’s highest capped player his expertise and experience will undoubtedly help Bath’s European campaign get off to a good start.

Well-known for his dependability and reliability on the pitch, with good distribution skills and an excellent kicking record, the number 10 has notched up 641 points for Fiji which makes him their top points scorer.

Having departed for pre-season training to Portugal with the rest of the team yesterday, Head Coach, Steve Meehan is confident that Nicky will get on well in his new team.


“He is very strong defensively,” said Meehan.

“He has plenty of experience, a very reliable boot and whilst he is a relaxed character off the field he is very competitive on it.

“I am sure that he will fit in well at Bath Rugby.”

Nicky was also accompanied to Portugal by Chris Cracknell who has joined the club on a four-month deal.

The back row player comes off the back of the England Sevens circuit, helping England to win the London Sevens title this year with a 31-26 victory over the All Blacks in a thrilling final.

“Chris impressed Ben Ryan (England Sevens Head Coach) so much that he recommended him to me months ago,” admitted Meehan.

“He is fit and working hard and is keen to impress. With Luke Watson not arriving until November it seemed a good match and I know that over the next four months he is determined to do well and push all the back rowers at Bath Rugby.

“The team will definitely benefit as a result.”

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