2016/17 Season Preview

A well rested summer is much needed for the boys in blue, black and white as they have a big season on the horizon as they look to gain redemption for last season.

Falling from Aviva Premiership runners-up to ninth in the table with a team of Bath’s stature and players of such high calibre was widely unexpected and they will be hoping this upcoming season isn’t a repeat.

Bath have lost key figures in their dressing room including club captain Stuart Hooper through injury and forwards coach Neal Hatley who is now linking up with Eddie Jones and England.

However, the blue, black and white have recruited well. The towering 6’10” Welshman Luke Charteris is hoping to improve Bath’s poor lineout performances from last season. Fellow countryman and Lions international Taulupe Faletau is also coming to The Rec after an agreement was finally reached between Bath and Newport Gwent Dragons.

The forward recruitment bolsters Bath’s options in an already impressive looking pack. A second-row partnership of Dave Attwood and Luke Charteris alongside a back-row consisting of David Denton, Francois Louw and Taulupe Faletau will see 222 international caps in the blue, black and white.

Luke Charteris (blue lifted player) beats George Kruis to the ball during the European Champions Cup final.

A young backline consisting of up-and-coming England stars such as George Ford, Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson will always be exciting but hopefully with no World Cup and time off to fully recover from a long season they will be able to come back and perform to the standard they were at in 2014/15 season.

Finishing ninth means Bath will be without top flight European rugby and instead will have their first outing in the recently formed Challenge Cup. This could be the tournament Bath need to gain their first silverware since 2008 thus gaining the experience of winning and not being the nearly guys as they have been in their finals over the last two years.

The main objective for next season will be securing a Champions Cup place once again, with playoffs being a possibility but not a necessity. Bath will also be hoping The Rec can return to being the fortress it has been over the past few seasons. European glory wouldn’t go amiss either but the main focus should be on the league.

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