Bath Rugby stars light up Six Nations

23 March 2015

It was fitting that this year's Six Nations went down to the wire, and with three of Bath Rugby's young guns starring for England in the final match of the day against France, it was always going to be a spectacle of running rugby.

Bath Rugby backs George Ford, Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson have been credited with igniting England's Six Nations campaign in 2015. Along with second row Dave Attwood, who started every match of the tournament except last Saturday's, they have been justly rewarded for their excellent club form with international recognition - and fully repaid head coach Stuart Lancaster's trust in them.

There have long been calls for Bath's exciting players to be handed the opportunity to transfer their abilities to the international stage. As the dust settled on perhaps the most famous day in Six Nations history - one in which an incredible total of 27 tries were scored - the statistics spoke volumes: fly-half Ford was the competition's top points scorer (75) and outside centre Joseph topped the try-scoring table with four.

In the end, the capitulation of Italy and Scotland (to high-scoring Wales and Ireland respectively) cost England the championship, but their 55-35 victory against the equally adventurous French will live long in the memory. Among the tryscorers in the 90-point thriller were Ford and Watson (the latter scoring his second try of the Championship). Coupled with their wins against Wales, Scotland and Italy, it bodes well for England with a home World Cup on the near horizon.

Loosehead prop Paul James's contribution early on to the Welsh tilt at the title was also telling - including winning a critical penalty against the Scots - until the Neath man was forced to withdraw with a broken thumb. 

As the European Champions Cup Quarter-Final approaches for Bath, and the home stretch of the Aviva Premiership heaves into view, more Bath Rugby players will have their chance to put their faces in the frame for the Rugby World Cup. It's an exciting time to be a supporter of the Club.

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