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New deal for Bath prop Stevens

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The South African-born player appeared in the recent International Rugby Board (IRB) Under-21 World Cup for England earlier this year, having previously represented South Africa at U18 and U19 level.

"It's very exciting. I've enjoyed my rugby here, I love the club and I love the city," said Stevens, who made two Premiership appearances as a replacement last season. "I am pleased to have signed a new contract, it's a great honour to play alongside athletes of the calibre of Mike Catt and Danny Grewcock.

"There is a great feeling within the squad at present and we're very positive about the new season. It will provide me personally with a big opportunity to prove myself at this level."

"Matt is an enormously talented young player with great potential," commented head coach John Connolly.

"Having already represented England U21 Matt will be pushing hard for a starting place in the Bath Rugby side this season."

Stevens' agent, James Adams of In Touch Sports Ltd, added: "Matt is delighted to be signing a new two-year contract with Bath Rugby.

"He is really happy at the Club and is looking forward to making his mark both in the Zurich Premiership and at a Representative level, whilst continuing his studies at the University of Bath."

The squad will be attending a pre-season training camp at the Royal Marines Commando Base at Lympstone, Devon next week.

Bath Rugby have also confirmed that the club will be playing Pontypridd in a pre-season friendly at Sardis Road on Saturday, August 16. Kick-off is at 15.00 BST.

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