Bath Rugby are delighted to announce that South African international centre Robbie Fleck has signed a two-year deal with the club.
Robbie, 28, has been a mainstay for Western Province making 47 appearances since his debut in the 1997 Currie Cup winning side. He played a prominent role in his province's back-to-back successes in 2000 and 2001. He has 31 caps for his native South Africa with an impressive scoring record of ten tries, a strike rate of one in three. Robbie made his last appearance for South Africa in the defeat by England last November.
Robbie is an exceptionally skilful centre with many facets to his game. He can break the first line of defence with some brusque, hard running or with his silky lines and deft touches. It is no accident that the South African side without Fleck have looked bereft of ideas in attack.
Director of Rugby Jack Rowell believes that Robbie's arrival at the Rec will be a massive boost, adding to the world class talents of Mike Catt and Iain Balshaw in the backline. "Robbie has been one of the leading centres in World rugby in recent years and at 28 he is still an ambitious young man. His class and experience should prove an invaluable contribution as Bath Rugby plan to revive their fortunes."
Robbie is relishing the prospect of the Zurich Premiership with Bath Rugby: "I am very happy to be joining Bath Rugby. Like Western Province it is a club with a massive tradition and the two clubs also play a similar style of rugby, which was a major factor for me. I am very keen and excited about what is going to be a fresh opportunity to further my rugby career with a great club. I am looking forward to it."
Robbie will arrive in England as soon as his current commitments in South Africa are fulfilled. Though currently Robbie does not appear to be in the thoughts of South African coach Rudolf Straeuli for the World Cup, Bath Rugby do recognise that there is a possibility that Robbie could still make the trip to Australia.
Robbie is signing number sixteen for Bath Rugby, including fellow internationals David Flatman, Martyn Wood and Rob Fidler. Bath Rugby will play their final pre-season trial match on Saturday when they travel to the County Ground to face Exeter Chiefs. Kick off is at 3.00pm.