Stephen Donald to leave Bath and play in Japan

Aviva Premiership Rugby club Bath have confirmed that Rugby World Cup winning flyhalf Stephen Donald will leave the club at the end of the season to join Japanese side, Mitsubishi Dynaboars.

Former Waikato and Chiefs star Donald joined Bath in November 2011, shortly after kicking the winning penalty as the All Blacks beat France in the World Cup final, and has become a key player in his 31 appearances for the English Premiership club.

He has since gone on to make 31 appearances to date, scoring over 150 points, and cementing his reputation for being able to control a game from 10 with his ability to get a backline firing.

Despite having a year left on his contract, Donald has agreed to join Mitsubishi, who counted former Wales wing Shane Williams and ex-England fly-half Dave Walder among their squad last season.

Speaking of his decision, Stephen said: “I’ve had a great time with Bath, but feel it is time for a new challenge in a new league.”

“I’d like to thank everyone at the Club and all the Bath supporters for all the support during my time here, and I’m really looking forward to doing all I can to help us end this season on a high.”

Bath Head Coach, Gary Gold, added: “Steve is a good footballer and is a great character to have around.”

“He has brought a lot of experience to the squad in the last couple of years, and we wish him all the best of luck in Japan next season.”

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