Bath confirm four exits at end of season, including three props


Bath have confirmed that Johannes Juncker, Juan Schumann, Kieran Verden and Max Wright will leave the club at the end of the season.

Academy product Verden, 25, is one of three mainstays to leave the Rec. He will leave with 16 appearances to his name after making his debut against Worcester Warriors four seasons ago.

“I just want to say a huge thank you to the fans, the staff and all the players at Bath Rugby,” he said.

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“I have absolutely loved my time at the club and having the opportunity to represent this city. To all the players I played with, it has been a pleasure to miss you all. Pigeons will always hold a special place in my heart. There is still a lot of work to do We want to finish where we want to, and I'm proud to be a part of that.

South Africa's Shuman, 32, has made the most appearances for the club of the quartet of departures, with 62 appearances since his arrival in 2020 from the Sharks.

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“I am forever grateful that I had the opportunity to wear the blue, black and white jersey and everyone and everything that comes with the highs and lows with the support of family, friends and coaches who have believed in me and helped me grow as a person and as a rugby player,” he said.

“Also to the management and staff who helped me get back on the rugby field and stay fit, and for the unwavering support from the fans.”

The Schumann-Junker native signed from Ealing Trailfinders in 2021, and has gone on to play 27 times for the West Country side.

“As I say goodbye to Bath Rugby, I would like to express my gratitude to everyone involved,” he said.

“Playing alongside such talented teammates and having the support of our amazing fans has been a true honour. Thank you to all the coaches and staff who have helped me along the way. Special thanks to my wife, Kirsty, for her support and unwavering love throughout this journey. These experiences have shaped me into a person “Stronger and better. Thank you for everything. Bath Rugby will always hold a special place in my heart. I wish the club all the best for the future.”

Bath have already recruited Leicester Tigers free agent Francois van Wyk to partially fill the void left by the departing prop.

Center Wright, 26, joined the club in 2017 from Yorkshire Carnegie and has made 40 appearances.

He said: “I have been lucky enough to call Bath my home for the past seven years. I have made some wonderful memories and made some lifelong friends. I will remain a Bath fan for life.”





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