Ospreys snap up Bath's captain

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:32
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NEWS: Former Bath captain Guy Mercer has joined Ospreys on loan until the end of the 2017/18 season.

The 27-year-old Mercer, who has made 123 appearances for the Bath since his debut in 2011, will join the Welsh outfit in time for the start of the Pro14 campaign.

Commenting on the flank's move, Bath director of Rugby, Todd Blackadder said: "This is great opportunity for Guy to get some regular rugby under his belt and we’d like to wish him all the best for the upcoming season with Ospreys,"

Meanwhile, Ospreys head Coach, Steve Tandy, welcomed the "quality and experience' that Mercer will bring to the Ospreys.

"It’s no secret that we’ve been a bit light in back row numbers" said Tandy.

"To pick up a player of Guy Mercer’s quality and experience is excellent news for us and will give everybody a boost ahead of the PRO14 kicking off this weekend.

"He’s really keen to come down here and get started pushing himself in the right direction and competing for selection. He will provide another quality option for us.

"He is a quality player and person, someone who is a natural leader, which will stand us in good stead right the way through the season. You don’t become club captain at Bath if you don’t possess certain characteristics and we are looking forward to seeing him bring those credentials into our environment,"

"He will really add to our depth" the Ospreys head coach continued.

"Sam Cross came in last week and I thought he did really well up in Leicester so all of a sudden we are getting more options in the back row department,"

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