England lock Attwood to return to Bath from Toulon

England lock Dave Attwood is to return to Premiership side Bath from a loan spell at Toulon, the English club's director of rugby Todd Blackadder announced.

London (AFP) – England second row forward Dave Attwood boosted English Premiership side Bath on Wednesday by committing himself to them for next season.

The 31-year-old — who won the last of his 24 caps against South Africa in November 2016 — had been on loan at French Top 14 side Toulon and there had been talks about extending his stay.

However, Todd Blackadder, Bath’s director of rugby, announced on the club website Attwood would be displaying his leadership qualities for Bath and not Toulon next season.    

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming Dave back for pre-season training,” said Blackadder.

“He is a huge asset to the squad, and we’re really excited to have him back with us ready for the new season.

“There were discussions with Toulon, but we always wanted to bring him back to Bath.

“He showed during his short stint there his qualities as a player, but we also know what leadership qualities he brings on and off the field too.

“Supporters know that at his best there aren’t many better players in his position, and his return will be almost like a new signing for us,” added the former New Zealand captain.

Attwood has been a stalwart of the Bath side for several seasons, making 136 appearances since joining them in 2011 from Gloucester.