Ahead of the opening Aviva Premiership fixture away at Sale Sharks this Saturday, Head Coach Mike Ford is looking forward to what has been billed as a blockbuster season for Bath Rugby.
With a return to the top flight of European competition in store, and the fight for the all-important Top 4 league position about to begin, there’s a determined mood in the squad, as Ford explains.
“We’ve had a good pre-season and we’re happy with our preparation ahead of not only this game, but also for what will be a very physically demanding season.
“The way the players have applied themselves has been brilliant and their attitude is the best I’ve known which can only bode well for the year ahead. The conditioning of the players has been key to our preparation and whilst it’s been hard, everyone is in the best shape they can be, both physically and mentally, which is a credit to Allan Ryan and his team.
“We’ve got a tricky opening few games, starting with Sale this weekend, and getting some early wins and momentum under our belts will be key to our Premiership ambitions this year. There’s a great buzz amongst the squad at moment and we’re fully focussed on improving ourselves every day.
“Sale are a very experienced side and have recruited well over the summer. With home advantage it will be a tough opening game for us. However, we see it as a fantastic challenge to evaluate how far we’ve come as team since last season.
“Having said that, we have been concentrating very much on ourselves as we have a young, exciting and very talented squad of players and we’ve only just scratched the surface of what we can achieve. We know that the race for the play-offs will be incredibly competitive but we’re absolutely ready for that challenge and we can’t wait to get started.”
Following the trip to Sale, you can catch the boys in action just a week a later when newly promoted London Welsh visit the Rec. Tickets for this game are available for as little as £10, with the best seats in the house only £25 so why not grab a group of mates and help us fill the Rec to the rafters and cheer on the Blue, Black and White.
Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone by calling 0844 448 1865 or visiting the Ticket Office on Pulteney Bridge.