Two-time Heineken Cup finalist Dan Hipkiss has given Bath a boost ahead of their home Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final against Stade Francais Paris by signing a contract extension at The Recreation Ground.
The former England centre was joined by ex-Scarlets back row man Mat Gilbert in extending their stays at the club and both players will be looking to steer their side into the last four of the Amlin Challenge Cup.
Bath warmed-up for the visit of the French giants with a 40-25 bonus point home win over London Welsh at the weekend. It was a game in which Fijian flyer Semesa Rokoduguni picked up one of the five tries and also carried off the man of the match display after filling in at centre for the injured Matt Banahan.
Banahan burst through for a try in the first minute, but then left the field with an injury that has cast a doubt on his fitness for the quarter-final. That try set-up a comfortable win for Bath, while Stade Francais were experiencing a torrid time at home against a Jonny Wilkinson inspired Toulon.
The former England World Cup winning outside half helped himself to 20 points in table-topping Toulon's 43-11 win on the road. It was Stade Francais' second big defeat in a row following their 43-16 defeat in Toulouse the previous weekend.
"I am over the moon to have re-signed here at Bath. I love the Club and the environment, and I could now not see myself being anywhere else. I still feel I have a point to prove, and that this is the place to prove it," said Hipkiss.
Gary Gold, Bath Head Coach, said: "Danny is exactly the sort of professional we want around here. His work ethic is relentless and he takes no prisoners in training."
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.