Claassens joined Bath Rugby for the start of the 2007/08 season, and quickly established himself as an integral member of the team. A tough and combative scrum-half, he has gained a reputation as being one of the most consistent players in his position in the Premiership. He captained the side last season and also developed a great partnership with fellow South African fly half Butch James, which helped galvanise a dynamic back line.
Commenting on the news Claassens said “I am very excited about the future of Bath Rugby, and want to be a part of all the developments going on here. Me and my wife love Bath, both the Club and the city, and are really looking forward to staying.”
Head Coach, Steve Meehan, added “We are extremely happy that Michael has decided to extend his contract with the Club for another two years. He is a quality bloke, completely professional, hard working and one of the most honest players you’ll come across. He is a great example to all the players.”