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Dan Hipkiss to leave Leicester Tigers for Bath

Dan Hipkiss
Hipkiss has been with Leicester since the age of 15

Bath have agreed to sign Leicester and England centre Dan Hipkiss on a two-year deal at the end of the season.

The 28-year-old is currently in the England Saxons squad and has won 13 caps for the full national team.

"I've had a great time with Tigers, but I really want to try something new in my career and I feel I will be able to do that with Bath," said Hipkiss.

"When you think about moving clubs, you look at those with ambition, and you can see there is that in abundance."

Hipkiss has made 129 appearances for Leicester, scoring 155 points, and began his career at Welford Road at the age of 15.

He will be the third Leicester player to arrive at the Rec in 12 months following former Tigers team-mates Lewis Moody and Sam Vesty.

"Like the others, he's a winner and has got a few medals in his locker," head coach Steve Meehan told BBC Radio Bristol.

"From a rugby point of view, his workrate is exceptional. The drive he has and the effort he puts in is noticeable.

"That will really help with the entire squad as those sort of things rub off."

And Meehan noted that Moody and Vesty had played their part in persuading Hipkiss a move to the west country was the right one.

"He gets on well with Lewis and Sam and those players help reinforce people's belief that they're moving for the right reasons," he said.

"Obviously they talk about their experiences and it's helpful players can give each other these references and I'm sure they're looking forward to hooking up again."

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