27-year-old Bath and England secondrow Charlie Ewels has reportedly signed with South African United Rugby Championship team, the Vodacom Bulls.
Having recently returned from a knee injury, it is reported that Ewels will join the Bulls on a short-term deal ahead of the Rugby World Cup.
According to reporting in the Times, Ewels could feature as soon as this weekend for the Bulls in their Currie Cup clash with the Sharks.
Ewels’ move to the Bulls comes due to Bath having used up their salary cap allocation for the season based on the understanding that Ewels would not return from injury this season.
The 2014 Junior World Cup winner’s return will be a major boost for England head coach Steve Borthwick as the 27-year-old brings significant experience, having made his debut back in 2016.
Since then, he has earned 30 caps for England, including being a member of their 2019 World Cup squad. At the club level, the Bournemouth-born Ewels has made over 100 appearances for Bath Rugby.
What a throwback 🌹
After @EnglandRugby's win in the @SixNationsRugby last weekend, @maroitoje and @charlieewels took us down memory lane 👏#ThrowbackThursday pic.twitter.com/q7s5cNqPEt
— Premiership Rugby (@premrugby) March 3, 2022