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Charlie Ewels: 'We are fully aware of what’s at stake'

BY Jack Tunney  ·  Wednesday Jun 5, 2024

Giant lock Charlie Ewels has been discussing the importance of Bath Rugby’s growth ahead of their Gallagher Premiership final clash against Northampton at Twickenham on Saturday.

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In an interview on the club website, Ewels found time to reflect upon the immense change that he and his teammates have undergone within the past season.

“Sometimes, you’ve got to stop and reflect on where we’ve been and where we are now. It’s been such an inspiring journey to be part of and we’ve got the opportunity to end this campaign exactly in the place where we all envisioned where we would be at the start of this season.

“The progress we have made in the last few years has been immense and for me, it almost felt like signing for a new club this season. After I came back from injury and my short stint at the Bulls, I’ve loved being back in the squad playing week in week out for a team that’s so passionate about winning the Premiership, and we’ve got the chance to do that this weekend.”

Speaking about Johann van Graan’s arrival, Ewels continued: “The thing that has impressed me the most about Johann was his consistency in the approach to each game at the times when we were winning but also the times where we weren’t.

“He has always fully believed in the process and these things never become a success overnight, they take time and what’s been the key difference is the way he has always been unbelievably consistent about our preparation and the focus on ourselves each game. Ultimately, that resonates through the environment which is a big reason we have been successful this season.”

BATH, ENGLAND – JUNE 01: Charlie Ewels of Bath kicks the ball upfield during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Play-Off Semi Final match between Bath Rugby and Sale Sharks at The Recreation Ground on June 01, 2024 in Bath, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Bath is well known for its incredible rugby history, with some of the finest in the amateur game having played in front of a roaring Recreation Ground crowd at the the back end of the last century. Their fortunes have faded somewhat since the turn of the century, but Ewels and co are looking to bring the treasure back to the Rec.

“As a club, we recognise and we are proud of our heritage. I am incredibly grateful to play for a club with a star on top of the badge and carry on the legacy of such incredible players that have played before me over the years. It’s a special club and we want to add our mark to the success this club has had, so as a group that is really motivating to us.

“We’re embracing the pressure; we are fully aware of what’s at stake here and we’ll be going into the game knowing we must deliver and it’s so important not to take this moment for granted.

“I took these moments for granted at the start of my career as a 19-year-old when we got into the final back in 2015 but it’s been nine years since that moment, and I recognise that these moments are special and don’t come around often so there will be a lot a belief we can go out there this weekend and become English champions.”

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