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England scrumhalf swaps Saracens for Bath

Ben Spencer (Getty Images)
Ben Spencer (Getty Images)

England scrumhalf Ben Spencer has agreed to join Bath, with lock Will Spencer and prop Juan Schoeman also signing for the Premiership club for next season.

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Spencer, who enjoyed a five-minute cameo for England in last year's Rugby World Cup final against South Africa after being called up as a late replacement, is leaving relegated Saracens after almost a decade of service and has agreed a three-year deal at the Recreation Ground.

The 27-year-old told the Saracens website: "I'm sad to be leaving a club that's been my life for nine years.

"I'll treasure the memories that I've made at this club for the rest of my life. I leave with incredible memories."

Spencer returns from Leicester for a second spell at the club he left in 2016 and Schoeman arrives from the Sharks in South Africa.

All three will become Bath players when the 2020/21 season begins.

Premiership Rugby on Friday said it was aiming to restart the current season on 15 August following the coronavirus lockdown.

Josh Matavesi has been handed a two-year deal at Bath, having joined on temporary terms midway through the current campaign.

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