Carl Fearns: Bath back-rower joins French second-tier side Lyon

Carl Fearns
Carl Fearns made 20 Premiership appearances for Bath Rugby last season

Bath back-rower Carl Fearns has joined Lyon, who were last season relegated from the top flight in France.

The 26-year-old made 73 appearances for Bath after joining the club from Premiership rivals Sale Sharks in 2011.

"We're disappointed to let Carl go, but he feels the time is right to make a change and we respect that," head coach Mike Ford told the club's websiteexternal-link.

"He is a talented and committed player, and I'm sure he will be a great success in France."