Bath Rugby - one of just three clubs to have done the "double" of Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup final glory - have signed outside half George Ford from Leicester Tigers.
Ford was the first English player, and youngest ever, to win the IRB Junior Player of the Year award following a number of commanding performances for England Under 20 in the 2011 Junior World Cup. He was also the youngest player in the England squad at that time.
In total, he made 14 appearances for England Under 18 and 11 for England Under 20 before being promoted to the England Saxons squad. Having been the youngest player to make his professional debut at club level, he has gone on to make 33 first team appearances for the Tigers, scoring 220 points to date.
"I'm really excited by the move to Bath," he said. "It's a club building for the long-term, focusing on developing young players like myself and I can't wait to be part of that environment."
And Bath have also added depth to their scrum half options with the signings of Welsh international Martin Roberts and Micky Young.
"George is an exceptionally talented young player, and we are very much looking forward to him joining us here in Bath," said head coach Gary Gold. "He has already shown a tremendous range of skills, and we know he will only grow as a player and further develop those skills.
"Micky and Martin are both very strong, capable players with good core skills and the ability to do things the opposition don't expect. They are still young, and we are looking forward to having them join the squad here and seeing them develop further."
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.