Underhill to sign for Bath

Date published: January 11 2017

Highly-rated Ospreys flanker Sam Underhill has reportedly signed a contract to join Bath from next season.

Underhill won rave reviews last season for the Ospreys in the PRO12 and Champions Cup and was singled out by Eddie Jones as the kind of 'fetcher' at openside flanker that England had been looking for.

Still just 20, The Times reported on Wednesday that Underhill will now move to Bath for a fee of £150,000 with a year still to run on his contract.

Underhill was born in the United States and both his parents are English, but he made his breakthrough with the Ospreys in Wales while studying for his degree in economics at university in Cardiff.

He was previously an England U18 captain and part of the age group setup at Gloucester.

Injuries have hampered Underhill's playing time so far this season, with a shoulder issue restricting him to only eight appearances for the Ospreys and his first appearance of the campaign not coming until November.

In moving to The Rec, Underhill will join an impressive group of players in the back-row including Francois Louw, Taulupe Faletau and David Denton.