England International Signs For French Giants Montpellier In Surprise Move

Done deal.

Bath Rugby have this morning confirmed that Zach Mercer will be leaving the club the end of the season to join TOP14 side Montpellier, with South African Jaco Coetzee set to join as his replacement.

Academy graduate, Mercer has made the decision to leave English shores to continue his career with French giants, Montpellier. The skilful forward, who is known for his strong ball carrying, will leave the Premiership club when his contract runs out.

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Coetzee will join the Club as Mercer’s replacement bringing vast experience alongside his impressive stopping power and physical play at the breakdown.

The 24-year-old forward has spent much of his career in South Africa, most recently with Super Rugby side, The Stormers.

Mercer said:

“It has been a long-standing dream of mine to play in France – the game is physical and will suit my playing style. I feel like I am able to offer the TOP14 something different and that is what I am looking forward to. I’ve spent a huge part of my career with the Blue, Black and White and I will be forever grateful for the opportunities this has brought me.

“I found it impossible to say no to the offer of a long-term contract with Montpellier and I’m very grateful to have had respectful and honest conversations every step of the way with Hoops (Stuart Hooper). There is a brilliant group of players and staff at Bath and I know they will go on to achieve great things together.

“It is an honour to represent the City of Bath and I want to thank everyone, especially our supporters, for their unwavering backing over the years. I’m here for a while yet and I will continue to give my all in the jersey.”