The 22 times capped Donald will join the West Country from the Waikato Province, where he plays in the Super 15 for the Chiefs.
The 27 year old, 6’ 3” fly-half has gained a wealth of experience throughout his domestic and international career so far, and will bring a dynamic, accurate game to Bath. He is a renowned playmaker, known for being able to control the game to great effect.
Having been a product of the New Zealand age grade system, Donald came through the Schools and Under 21 teams, and became a veteran member of the Junior All Blacks before going on to make his debut for the All Blacks against England in June 2008.
Director of Rugby, Sir Ian McGeechan, added “We are very much looking forward to Stephen joining us here at Bath. He is a very effective, skilful player, with a lot of experience which will prove highly beneficial to the younger members of our squad and Academy. Players he has played alongside all speak very highly of his ability and in particular his character, and we expect him to fit in very well here at Bath, having a hugely positive influence on the squad on and off the pitch.”Like Rugby World? Subscribe to the magazine for the latest comprehensive content.