January 25, 2022
Nathan Hughes, who shares links to Fiji has been loaned to Bath Rugby on a short term for the Premiership Rugby competition.
The former England and Bristol Bears No.8 has 22 caps and he will make the switch to The Recreation Ground with immediate effect, with Bristol retaining a recall option if required.
Hughes has made just four Premiership appearances for the Bears this season.
The former Wasps player could make his Bath debut at home against Harlequins on Friday.
But he will not be eligible for selection for the Premiership fixture between Bath and Bristol on Saturday, 5 March.
Bears boss Pat Lam in a statement said doors remain open for Hughes, with Bristol holding a recall clause in the event of any injuries of their own in the back row, and that his attitude has been "outstanding".
"It's important for Nate to get some regular quality game-time at this stage of the season to enable to get back to his best rugby. This is a great opportunity for him and one that suits all parties with our neighbors short of back row options at present."
"Although Nathan has missed out selection in recent weeks, his attitude and commitment around the environment has been outstanding and he's played a part in ensuring the team continues to grow and improve on and off the field.
"I will stay in close dialogue with him over the loan period as he could still play an important part in our season."
With Hughes' contract expiring in the summer, this does present him with a strong opportunity to place himself back in the shop window after what has proven something of a lost season.
Bath's lack of options at number eight means Hughes should be pushing for a starting berth and he could make his debut at home to Harlequins this Friday.
"We are delighted to secure Nathan's services - he is a destructive ball carrier and provides critical cover throughout the international window," said Bath head coach Neil Hatley.
"I have been fortunate enough to work with him at international level. His experience and attributes, both as a person and a player, mean we are all looking forward to seeing him perform and making an impact for the Blue, Black and Whites."
By Romeka Romena