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24th October 2013 09:06

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Francois Louw

Happy in Bath: Francois Louw

Springbok openside flanker Francois Louw has stated he is happy to see out the remainder of his club career with Aviva Premiership side Bath.

Louw was an ever-present in South Africa's impressive Rugby Championship campaign, and just a week after running out in the tournament decider against the All Blacks at Ellis Park, led Bath against Bordeaux in the Challenge Cup.

The flanker revealed that he is committed to the club until 2017; and that he is excited by Bruce Craig's vision, and what he refers to as the "tight family ethos" at the Recreation Ground.

"While I'm with South Africa my whole focus is on South Africa and playing there," Louw told The Rugby Paper, having turned down an offer from his native Western Province for an extension.

"But Bath is my club and having re-signed means a lot to me.

"Over the summer I was deciding where to go and what to do with my career. After a fantastic two years at Bath I was coming into my third season, and I was making the decision whether to go back home or not.

"I am very excited to have signed on here and it's what I'd always wanted. Bath's really grown on me, not just the city and the fans but the team. It's a great team to play for and I really think it's going places.

"It's sometimes a difficult thing to make that mental transition from country to club - a new team, a new set of moves, a new set of team ethics, a new everything really.

"But it is important to make that adjustment and coming to a side like Bath makes it quite easy for me. We are a tight group and a very open group.

"The guys have been very accepting with a few foreigners coming back from the Rugby Championship. They make you feel very welcome, and everyone - the coaches and the players - get you straight back into the game. I'm just taking it from where I left off last time."

Young Bath team-mate George Ford won man-of-the-match in that European clash with Bordeaux, but immediately handed the award to Louw, the South African having turned in another powerful showing.

It was a gesture the flanker believes is reminiscent of the philosophy at the club.

"It was a nice gesture from George and I was very honoured. Sometimes certain individuals shine in a game but that's often due to the team aiding that individual and putting them in a position to perform and play their style of game," he said.

"What George did says a lot about the culture and the ethos that we have within this side. We are a very tight family and that's what we need to go forward."

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