Bath fight for Donald

Bath are planning an appeal against the RFU’s decision of denying Stephen Donald’s work permit application.

Bath have signed the Kiwi flyhalf on a two-year contract, but the deal hit a roadblock after his work permit was denied because he has no ancestry ties to Britain and doesn’t fulfill the requirement of having started a Test for the All Blacks in the last 15 months.

It is believed that Bath remain determined on getting Donald and are working on a plan to save the deal.

They will argue that a bad run of injuries last year took the 27-year-old out of All Blacks contention, and a lack of game time was also due to being Dan Carter’s back-up. Bath will also note that the new rules that led to the RFU’s verdict against Donald were only implemented after they had begun negotiations with him.

Bath have until 12 August to appeal the RFU’s decision.