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Bath sign Pettemerides as World Cup cover

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The 23-year-old joins Bath from National League One side Wakefield, with whom he forged a reputation as a flanker, making 13 appearances for the Yorkshire side last season before joining Bath Rugby to train with the first team squad at the end of last season.

Pettemerides, who played his junior rugby with Bath Rugby, returns to the Recreation Ground after spells with Henley Hawks, Wakefield and also playing club rugby in South Africa and hopes that the move back to his home club will give him the opportunity to further develop his game and press for a first team place.

"I am looking forward to learning and improving my game in what is an impressive Bath Rugby set-up. I started my rugby as a mini and junior with the club, so Bath is my home and I am looking forward to the challenge of competing for a place in the squad."

Jack Rowell believes that the young back row player has considerable promise and hopes to see him develop into a player who will be regularly pushing for a first team berth during the World Cup period.

"Jonathan had a successful experience with Wakefield last season and has ambitions to play for his home town team. He trained with the first team squad at the end of last season and impressed the coaches.

"As a result he is coming on a trial period through to the end of the World Cup during which time he will provide cover with Danny Grewcock and Steve Borthwick expected to be involved in England's campaign and back row pair Gareth Delve and Adam Vander on the long-term injury list. Therefore Jonathan will be presented with an opportunity and a stern test and he will be looking to prove that he has what it takes on the field of play."

Pettemerides is signing number seven for Bath Rugby joining Duncan Bell, Martyn Wood, David Flatman, Andrew Higgins, Rob Fidler and Christian Balshen in moving to the Recreation Ground this summer.

The flanker will join up with his new Bath Rugby team mates when pre-season training gets under way at the beginning of July.

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