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Former Bath and England coach returns to the west country

BY Jack Tunney  ·  Monday Jun 19, 2023

Bath Rugby legend, Andy Robinson has returned to the club where he first made his name. The former flanker was a west country legend during the amateur days –  when Bath were renowned as one of the most feared sides in Europe. 

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He made 249 appearances in his time as a Bath player, before moving on to coaching his beloved side. It was in his first season as a coach that he led Bath to European victory over Brive – a memory still held fond in every Bath fans heart of a certain age. From here, the now 59-year-old went on to coach England, Edinburgh, Scotland, Bristol, and more recently, Romania.

Well, the club legend has now returned as the Head Academy Coach, as well as supporting Johann van Graan as the Contact Coach. Speaking about the new coaching set-up, van Graan said: “I’m excited to have Andy with us and I couldn’t think of a better man to coach here at Bath.

“Andy has achieved a tremendous amount in both his playing and coaching career and is a well-known face in the city. It’ll be great for all of us here to have someone so deeply connected to Bath’s professional rugby history.”

Speaking about his return to the west country, Robinson said: “I’m glad to be back at Bath and I’m looking forward to making a change on the pitch. There’s a great group of players here and I’m excited to see what I can achieve with the team.”

Also joining the coaching team is former Scotland international, Stevie Scott. The former front-rower said: “I’m delighted to be joining Bath Rugby. I think it’s a really exciting time for the club and thankful for the opportunity to work with top-class players and coaches,” said Scott.

“Bath is home to some of the best forwards in the Premiership and I’m looking forward to a successful season.”

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