Bath Rugby have appointed Byron Field from Super Rugby franchise ACT Brumbies to the role of Head of Medical and Rehabilitation Services.
Byron is responsible for ensuring all players are given the most effective medical care, both when they are fit and when they are returning from injury.
Previously Byron led the medical team at the Canberra club after having progressed in recent years to become their Head of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation. Byron brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him having developed in both medical and sports science driven roles. He's also worked alongside Dean Benton - the current Head of Sports Science at England Rugby.
Byron's appointment is part of Bath Rugby's long-term plan for developing the right support structures to deliver successful and consistent performances in both domestic and European rugby.
Todd Blackadder, Director of Rugby commented: "Through his expertise, Byron brings a scientific approach towards the prevention, management and rehabilitation of sport injuries. His appointment forms part of our strategy to further develop rigor and evidence-based practices not only around our return to play processes but also our approach to the squad when they are fit and well.
"Byron is a phenomenal character and the exact type of person we see being a part of our progress and our success both on and off the pitch."
Byron Field added: “This is an incredible opportunity for me to work with an exceptional coaching group and committed High Performance Unit whist continuing to learn and develop in a highly competitive environment. I firmly believe that the overriding objective of this role extends beyond the recovery of an individual player and into the wider context of maximising physical health and most importantly prevention of re-injury. The progress made in these areas over recent years has been transformational and can now dictate everything from selection to team performance as a whole."
Tarquin McDonald, Chief Executive said: “Byron was identified through a rigorous worldwide search for expertise in this area. His experience and qualifications in Physiotherapy, Sports Science and Strength and Conditioning have seen him become an incredibly well respected and forward-thinking practitioner and we are delighted to welcome him and his young family not only to the Club but to the UK as well."