Thursday 23 November 2017

Stringer vows to find new club after release from Bath

Bath have announced that scrum-half Peter Stringer will leave the club at the end of this season. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
Bath have announced that scrum-half Peter Stringer will leave the club at the end of this season. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Former Ireland scrum-half Peter Stringer will leave Bath at the end of the season but has signalled his intention to continue his career elsewhere.

The 37-year-old has been at the English club since 2013 but will be replaced by Glasgow star Niko Matawalu next summer.

Stringer, who won the last of his 98 caps for Ireland in 2011, is likely to remain in England after his home province Munster confirmed the re-signing of Tomas O'Leary and a new contract for Duncan Williams in recent weeks.

Retirement is not on his agenda, with the Corkman expressing his disappointment that he won't continue at the Rec.

"I am, of course, disappointed not to be staying at Bath, but I am very much looking forward to the next chapter of my rugby career elsewhere," he said.

"I've had a great two years here and worked with some very talented players and coaches in that time."

Bath coach Mike Ford, who worked with the scrum-half when he was Ireland defence coach, paid tribute to the veteran.

"Peter has been a fantastic servant for Bath," he said of Stringer who has more than 50 appearances for the west country club.

"His experience has been invaluable over the last two years, particularly in helping our younger players develop, and we will miss his professionalism around the squad.

"It's a shame we are unable to keep Peter, but with Niko Matawalu joining, Chris Cook re-signing and Will Homer coming through from the academy, this has become an incredibly competitive position within the squad."

Before he leaves, Stringer will get a chance to play at the Aviva Stadium once again when Bath take on his old foes Leinster in the European Champions Cup quarter-final in April.

Irish Independent

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