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Martens signs for Bath Rugby

24 July 2003

Bath Rugby are delighted to announce the signing of South African scrum half Hentie Martens from London Irish. 

Hentie joins us having spent two years in the Zurich Premiership with the Exiles. His previous clubs in South Africa include Freestate and he has played Super 12 rugby for the Sharks. He was a part of the Springboks squad in 1993 and has represented his country at a variety of levels.

Head Coach John Connolly had this to say: �Hentie is an extremely experienced player and an excellent team man. I am sure that he will make a strong contribution to Bath Rugby.'

�I am really happy to be here and to be a part of a club with such pedigree as Bath Rugby,' said Hentie. �The opportunity came up and it was something I couldn't turn down. I've been training with the guys for a couple of days now and there is a positive feel about the new season. The competition for the number 9 jersey will be intense but I'm looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead.'

Hentie is the eleventh signing for Bath Rugby , following the arrival of props Duncan Bell and David Flatman, scrum half Martyn Wood, centre Andrew Higgins, hooker Christian Balshen, flankers Jonathan Pettemerides and Michael Lipman, winger Brendon Daniel and number eight Isaac Feaunati.

Hentie Martens Biography

Born: 29th October, 1971
Height: 5' 10''
Weight: 12st 8lb
Rep Hons: Springboks 1993, Junior Boks, SA U23, SA Schools
Zurich Prem Apps: 16 (1t)