Bath Rugby has confirmed seven of its senior Academy intake for the 2018/19 season.
Tom de Glanville, Tom Jeanes, Sam Elrick, Simon Elrick, Will Butt, Oli Cattell, and Ethan Hutt have all joined the Senior Academy from the Club’s U18 programme.
Tom de Glanville featured for the Bath U18 team and Bath United last year as well as gaining international recognition with England U18s. The fly-half, who was born and bred in the City has been in the Academy setup since the age of 14 and has demonstrated a number of strengths through both his running game and decision making skills as an attacker.
Tom Jeanes, who appeared alongside de Glanville for England and Bath over the course of the 2017/18 season makes the step-up to the senior Academy. The Beechen Cliff student has also started training full-time this summer. Tom excelled with a number of powerful performances from the second row during 2017/18 and was an integral part of the U18 programme where he led the line out and delivered some strong performances in both attack and defence.
Twins Sam and Simon Elrick have also made the step-up with the front row duo continuing their careers with Bath Rugby. The duo have just finished their studies at Bryanston School and both have had involvement with their mother’s home country Italy in 2017/18, with Sam featuring in their U20 Six Nations campaign.
Sam, who plays at hooker, has shown his quality in attack with his ball carrying and offloading game with brother Simon demonstrating the impact he can have both within the set-piece and in open play.
Will Butt will go into the new season off the back of captaining both Canford School and Bath Rugby U18s in 2017/18. The centre led Bath U18s to impressive performances against London Irish and Harlequins before injury bought a premature end to his campaign. A real leader for the U18s both on and off the field, Butt combines his physical presence with a strong running game from the midfield.
Joining the influx of players into the Academy set up is Olly Cattell. He has been a mainstay of the system for the past two seasons, representing the U18s as well as Bath United in 2017/18. The versatile forward who can play in the second row and back row has impressed with his work rate and strength at the set-piece, demonstrating these abilities in the 2016/17 season when represented Scotland U18s.
Ethan Hutt will join Cattell in the Blue, Black and White in 2018/19 after missing much of last season through injury. Hutt, who joined Beechen Cliff in 2016, will now be focused on continuing his journey with Bath Rugby. Comfortable across the back three positions, Hutt is an agile runner with a real eye for space.
Academy Manager, Andy Rock, said: “We’re proud to say that each of the players coming into the Senior Academy have developed through our pathway over the last four or five years. They have all shown significant long-term potential and we want to support them all to realise this potential in the coming years with Bath Rugby. The work that our Academy staff have done with these players over the past 24 months in particular has been very good, and they should also feel proud of the part they have played in these player’s development.
“It’s also a fantastic reinforcement of our regional pathway and the work of our clubs and schools to see players arriving into full-time contracts from a number of different environments such as Bryanston School (Sam Elrick and Simon Elrick) and Canford School (Will Butt) where past players Scott Hobson and Peter Short are in charge of their respective rugby programmes.
“The most exciting thing for us is our knowledge of how ambitious this group of young men are, alongside how much the group of players they are joining in our fill time environment will help to drive their development. We’re fortunate to have individuals like Miles Reid and Kieran Verden who have now been here for a year, alongside the likes of Josh Bayliss and Max Wright who have recently joined the first team squad who will set a great example for this group.
“As a Club we truly believe that these individuals can play a huge part in the success we all want to achieve, and we will continue to invest in them and their development over the long-term.”