Bath Rugby’s 2022/23 squad is certainly less glittering than in recent years, but having finished bottom of the table last campaign looking good on paper has not worked out for the club.
With game-changing stars like Anthony Watson, Semesa Rokoduguni, Taulupe Faletau and Danny Cipriani moving on this summer, the Blue, Black and White have confirmed their official squad for next season with nine new faces arriving, as well as five Under-18s graduates , while 11 current players have committed their long-term future to the club.
The proof will be whether new head of rugby Johann van Graan, who arrives from Munster on July 1 but has been having input on recruitment for the last six months, can bring the best out of his still international-packed squad and get the squad to be collectively more cohesive.
As already announced, England internationals Jonathan Joseph and Beno Obano have committed their futures with Bath Supporters’ and Players’ Player of the Season Will Muir also signing a new contract.
Homegrown duo Orlando Bailey and Max Ojomoh – who was awarded Academy Player of the Season – have graduated into the Senior Squad after impressive seasons which have been seen both called up to England training squads by Eddie Jones.
Breakthrough Player of the Season Ewan Richards, a third to have received a full international call-up, is another who has earned a new deal along with back row Richard de Carpentier and homegrown full-back Darren Atkins.
The club also confirmed on Friday that number eight Nahum Merigan, fly-half George Worboys and backrower Frankie Read will continue their development at the club having penned fresh deals.
A total of nine new players will join Bath Rugby this summer.
Former England international lock Dave Attwood is the headline signing as he returns to add to his 157 appearances in Blue, Black and White, while Niall Annett joins from Worcester Warriors, Chris Cloete comes in from Munster, Louis Schreuder from Newcastle Falcons and Piers Francis makes the switch from Northampton Saints.
Northampton Saints’ JJ Tonks and Wesley White of Jersey Reds add to van Graan’s options in the back row with Munster full-back Matt Gallagher and exciting young center Louie Hennessey joining the back division.
Bath Rugby 2022/23 Squad
Props: Lewis Boyce, Arthur Cordwell, Archie Griffin, Johannes Jonker, Archie Maggs*, Beno Obano, D’Arcy Rae, Juan Schoeman, Archie Stanley, Will Stuart, Kieran Verden
Hooker: Niall Annett, Tom Doughty, Tom Dunn, Jasper Spandler, John Stewart
Second Row: Dave Attwood, Josh Dingley, Charlie Ewels, Josh McNally, Ewan Richards, Will Spencer, Mike Williams
BackRow: Abdul-Khalik Akenzua Al Kareem, Josh Bayliss, Chris Cloete, Jaco Coetzee, Thompson Cowan, Richard de Carpentier, Tom Ellis, Mackenzie Graham, Arthur Green, Will Jeanes, Nahum Merigan, Frankie Read, Miles Reid, Ethan Staddon, JJ Tonks, Sam Underhill, Wesley White
Scrum-half: Tom Carr-Smith, Max Green, Louis Schreuder, Ben Spencer
Fly-half: Orlando Bailey, Ciaran Donoghue, Piers Francis, Sam Harris, George Worboys
Centre: Will Butt, Louie Hennessey, Jonathan Joseph, Max Ojomoh, Will Parry, Cameron Redpath, Jordan Venter, Max Wright
Back three: Darren Atkins, Joe Cokanasiga, Matt Gallagher, Gabe Goss, Tom de Glanville, Gabriel Hamer-Webb, Ruaridh McConnochie, Will Muir
* Denotes University Scholar
The remaining University Scholars will be confirmed following exam results.
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