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Toulouse too good to turn down for Richie Gray

Richie Gray couldn't resist the lure of Toulouse. Credit: PA

Scotland lock Richie Gray admits the chance to sign for French giants Toulouse was too good to turn down after agreeing a four-year deal with the former European champions.

The towering 6ft 9ins second-rower will leave Castres for their Top 14 rivals at the end of the season.

The former Glasgow forward said:

This was a very difficult decision to make, I have loved my time in Castres, the club and the supporters have made my time here very special and I will leave with very fond memories.

However the opportunity to play for one of Europe's most successful clubs, steeped in history, is an incredible one for me. When I met with the club they described their ambition and I felt this was the right move for me, to challenge myself in what is a very strong squad.

I still have seven months here at Castres, I will give everything I can to the club in hope of achieving top six and then who knows.

My goal for now is to leave Castres on the best possible note, I will give everything I can to the club, the players and the coaches.

– Scotland lock Richie Gray


Luke Charteris to join Bath ahead of 2016/17 season

Luke Charteris will join Bath next season. Credit: PA

Wales international Luke Charteris will join Bath rugby from Racing 92 next season.

The gigantic second row, who towers above most players at 6 ft 9 in, will join the Aviva Premiership club ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

Speaking to his future club's official website, Charteris - who also attracted a late bid from Cardiff Blues - said:

It is such an ambitious club, and that’s a great atmosphere to be joining. They put a lot of emphasis on player development, making sure that everyone is improving no matter how experienced they are, and that is a very exciting environment to be part of.

There is some incredible talent in the squad and I’m really looking forward to heading over and getting started.

– Wales international Luke Charteris


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