Codes collide in Wigan

26 March 2015

Two rugby codes collided as Bath Rugby visited Wigan Warriors earlier this week for a two-day training camp.

The teams first worked together last year when the Warriors travelled down to the South West of England in August. Back then, Wigan were nearing the end of their First Utility Super League campaign and the Aviva Premiership was getting underway for Bath.

Now with the roles reversed, both head coaches felt it was an ideal time to train together again.

Mike Ford, Head Coach at Bath, said: "We've got a lot out of it. If you've been watching Bath play over the last 18 months, we've been very much playing like a rugby league team.

"What's happened in rugby union in the last 10 years is that a lot of rugby league coaches have gone over to work in defence and they put in some good systems which take some breaking down. So we need some rugby league attacking ideas to break down the rugby league defences these guys, including myself, have put in.

"What we learn from Wigan is the actual detail on the execution. We've learned loads this week, like we did last August when Shaun came down to Bath. We're really grateful to Shaun and to Wigan for this opportunity."

Wigan Head Coach, Shaun Wane, added: "They looked after us last year down in Bath, I was really impressed with the facilities and when we came back we went on a decent run in the play-offs and it paid off. This was sorted a few months ago. We wanted to return the favour and we've had a great couple of days together. We're running against players that don't know our systems so it's been really beneficial. To have people like Sam Burgess, Mike Ford and Kyle Eastmond here has been great and we've really enjoyed it."

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