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England Sevens player Ruaridh McConnochie will move to Aviva Premiership side Bath Rugby for the start of the 2018/19 season.
The 26-year-old joined the England Sevens in the 2015/16 season where in his debut tournament on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series he scored a remarkable try against Kenya in Dubai.
A highly talented member of the England Sevens squad, McConnochie also played an integral role in England’s gold triumph in South Africa in 2017 and was then named HSBC Player of the Final after England beat the hosts 19-17.
McConnonchie was part of the Team GB Rugby Sevens squad that won silver at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Initially selected as a travelling reserve, McConnochie got called into the 12-man squad after England Sevens’ Alex Davis sustained an injury during the team's preparation camp.
Having scored eight tries on the 2017/18 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, which has so far stopped in Dubai, Cape Town and Sydney, McConnochie is currently ranked one of the best performers alongside team mate and captain Tom Mitchell.
McConnochie took up the game with London Scottish at the age of seven and played for Nuneaton RFC and Hartpury College before signing for the England Sevens.
“Ruaridh was identified playing for his university and with hard work, commitment and an outstanding attitude he has developed into a world class sevens player,” said Head of England Sevens Simon Amor.
“His journey from university to an Olympic final is a great example of how the England Sevens programme is not only looking to work with universities to create a sevens pathway but also how we are looking to develop players who have been released from 15s and then return back to the top level of the game a better player.
“We are excited to see him showcase his ability at Bath Rugby.”
Ruaridh McConnochie commented: "It's been a desire of mine for a while to make the shift into the Premiership, however I've absolutely loved my time within the England Sevens programme which made this a really tough decision.
"Simon Amor and Tony Roques have both been so supportive throughout the process. I'm really grateful for all that the coaching staff and the boys within the programme have done for me and I can safely say I wouldn't be in this position without them.
"I'm really looking forward to the new challenge that lies ahead at Bath next season."