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Bath Rugby confirms new rugby structure for the 2022/23 season after in-season reset

25 May 2022

Bath Rugby confirms its new rugby structure for the 2022/23 season following an in-season review and subsequent reset.

  • Johann van Graan will lead the club’s rugby programme as Head of Rugby
  • Stuart Hooper becomes General Manager
  • Edward Griffiths leaves his role as Chairman

Johann van Graan will take on the role of Head of Rugby on 1 July, leading the club’s rugby programme. He assumes complete responsibility for rugby matters. Van Graan will concentrate on the coaching and performances of the team and will oversee all coaching and performance staff.

Stuart Hooper assumes the new role of General Manager, reporting to van Graan. In his new role, Hooper will support van Graan in delivering the club’s long-term plans which include the further enhancement of its player pathway and Academy; and the development of competitive advantage in areas of data, psychology, nutrition, training and performance facilities. 

Tarquin McDonald, Bath Rugby Chief Executive, commented: “These roles are confirmed ahead of our final game of the season against Worcester Warriors, and as we ready ourselves for the 2022/23 season. This reset will provide the foundations for a revival for the club over the coming seasons.” 

Furthermore, the club today confirms Edward Griffiths has completed his term as Chairman. Having undertaken an in-season review of the club’s rugby programme in November 2021, Griffiths was contracted to lead Bath Rugby’s performance reset, and many of his recommendations have now been implemented. 

Owner Bruce Craig, who relinquished his role as Chairman in January, said: “We thank Edward for all he has done in helping our club to refocus. He has brought expertise, knowledge and experience, and he leaves the club in a significantly stronger position. I will continue to support the club as we move forward.”

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