RUGBY: Duo to join Bath in summer

BATH have unveiled the first new faces in their squad for next season with the capture of two international forwards.

Number eight Leroy Houston and tighthead prop Juan Pablo Orlandi will join in time for the start of next season.

Australian Houston arrives following a two-year stint at French club Colomiers.

He impressed Bath head coach Gary Gold in Super Rugby with his explosive ball-carrying, the 26-year-old playing in the Queensland Reds side that lifted the Super 15 trophy in 2011.

Argentine international and scrum specialist Orlandi, 29, will join from French club Racing Metro 92, where he has spent the last three seasons.

Gold said: “These are two very significant signings for Bath in that they say a lot about our ambition.

"Leroy is a guy I have admired for a long time, and we are delighted to have secured him. He’s very dangerous with ball in hand, and loves to hit hard in defence.

“Juan Pablo is also a very powerful man. I spoke personally to the Pumas coach, Santiago Phelan, and he backed up our opinions, telling me that this guy is the real deal.

"To have depth in such key positions as tighthead prop is vital, and to add a world-class player to our squad is very pleasing.

"We can’t wait to get these guys training with us and to see them develop into Bath players.”

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