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I still have a lot to give at Bath - Stringer

Peter Stringer won't be returning to Munster next season after signing an extension to keep him at Bath yesterday.

The 98-time capped former Irish international was originally brought in as cover for the injured Michael Claassens, but he has impressed in his second stint in the Aviva Premiership, earning himself an extended stay.

"I still feel like I have a lot to give on the rugby field and really wanted to keep on playing, so I was happy to agree a new contract here," said the 35-year-old (above). "I've really enjoyed my time with Bath so far and am looking forward to next season already."

Bath head coach Gary Gold said: "Strings has been fantastic for us in the short time he has been here so far, so we're really pleased he's agreed to stay for next season rather than going back to Ireland.

"He is the consummate professional in everything he does, both on and off the field and that sets a great example."

Another man bound for the Premiership next season is George North, who will take up a three-year contract at Northampton this summer, by which time he is likely to have featured for the Lions.

Irish Independent