Former captain and England international to leave Bath Rugby

Lock Josh McNally will leave Bath Rugby at the end of the 2023/24 season after five years at the Recreation Ground, the club have officially confirmed.

Former RAF technician, McNally, joined the ranks of the Blue, Black and White in 2019 and has gone on to captain and earn England honours in the summer of 2021, playing in his one and only international in a win against the USA at Twickenham. The 33-year-old has made 84 appearances for Bath, his most recent coming back in January against Bristol Bears.

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McNally said: “It’s time to say goodbye and thank you. It’s been a true honour to have had the opportunity to wear the Blue, Black and White, to represent everyone who works for this club, and to represent this great city.

“Bath will always hold a special place in our hearts. A place where myself, Sarah, Toby and Alice have made friends and memories to last a lifetime. Thank you to all the players, coaches and staff over the last five years who have pushed me, guided me and put me back together along the way. It’s been full of highs and lows, but I’ve learnt so much and I'll leave this club a better person. I love this club, I love this city and I will do everything I can to help the lads finish this season with silverware."

Bath head of rugby Johann van Graan added: “Josh has added so much to Bath Rugby on and off the field. He is a very good rugby player, a consistent and dependable leader but most importantly, a great team man. He leaves Bath Rugby in a better place, and I wish him and his family the very best. Josh will make a success of whatever he chooses to do in life!"