Michael Claassens has eight international caps for South Africa
Bath scrum-half Michael Claassens has signed a new two-year deal which keeps him at the club until 2013.
The 27-year-old arrived at the Rec in 2007 and has become an integral member of Steve Meehan's side.
"I've been speaking to the club for about three months and it was about either going back to South Africa or staying in Bath," said Claassens.
"Timing-wise I just think it's best decision for me my wife and I to stay here for another few years."
Claassens continued: "We're very happy in Bath and the club has been good to us and I'm quite excited about the future of Bath rugby and want to be part of it."
His work rate is phenomenal and he's part and parcel of everything that you would want to show about Bath rugby is about.
Bath are already resigned to losing fellow Springboks Luke Watson and Butch James at the end of the season after the pair decided to return home.
So performance director Sir Ian McGeechan is especially pleased to have retained the services of the last season's captain.
"It's very important for Bath rugby," he told BBC Radio Bristol.
"Michael's outstanding not just a player but a person and is well respected amongst the club.
"His work rate is phenomenal and he's part and parcel of everything that you would want to show about Bath rugby is about.
"So to have him sign for two years is a massive bonus and boost for the club."