Bath bent on retaining Butch

Butch James has been offered a new three-year deal with Bath and could see out his career in Europe.

At 29, the Springbok flyhalf’s career has been afflicted by injury, and many critics have long believed his troublesome knees would have the final say. James has also made it clear that there’s too much rugby on the go, and that his retirement from all rugby may not be far off.

Keen to retain James’s services, Bath have reportedly offered the Bok playmaker a three-year contract extension. This would rule out any chance of James returning to play for his old province in South Africa, the Sharks.

Word from the English midlands is that James is likely to remain at Bath. As far as Test rugby is concerned, the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa could be his final fling with the Boks.