- Nov 12, 2015
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Jamie Roberts might be leaving Bath as early as this weekend - going to the Stormers, possibly as injury cover before going to the Crusaders.
Also rumoured to be trying hard to secure Lozowski - rumour mill linking the 2 items together...
Jamie Roberts: Bath >==> Stormers
Josh Matavesi: Newcastle >==> Bath
Both with immediate effect.
Happy with that TBH. Jamie has been a little disapointing this season, where we've needed more invention in the midfield; which Josh will supply; whilst also being able to cover FH and FB - which we've also needed at stages - and may need that FB cover during the 6N with Watson away whilst Homer and McConnochie are injured.
Supposedly the request came from Jamie wanting the chance to travel and expand his horizons before retirement.
As for Josh - makes sense for him too - Cornish boy who spent some time in Bath's junior academy back in the day (IIRC), some health concerns in the family, so moving 300 miles closer has got to make sense.
It's one of those rare transfers where it seems that everyone is a winner - Stormers get the man they wanted, Jamie gets to move to a country he wanted to, Bath get an "upgrade" in terms of style of play, and positional cover, for broadly similar wage, Josh gets to be closer to his family when he wants that, and Falcons get to trim the wage bill with a player who's excess to current requirements, getting development time into home-grown youngsters (of course, Falcons may not agree that it was in their favour come September)
Alas, no Lozowski (yet... fingers crossed for the summer...)