This weekend was a special occasion for the Bath Rugby Academy as five Senior Academy players took to the field in the Gallagher Premiership on Friday night with 11 homegrown players involved in total.
To add to that, graduate and club captain Charlie Ewels featured for England for the 24th time as they defeated Tonga.
Another major Academy highlight came at Murrayfield on Sunday afternoon as Josh Bayliss earned his international debut for Scotland.
Starting out at Millfield School, the 24-year-old has progressed through the pathway at Bath Rugby and has become an integral part of the senior squad, making 75 appearances in Blue, Black and White to date.
His determination to succeed on the field for himself, his family, his teammates and the city has been there for everyone to see over the past few years but off the pitch, he is ultimately one of the nicest human beings you could ever wish to meet.
After being in the Six Nations squad but missing out on a cap due to injury and Covid, Bayliss finally put on the blue of Scotland, for whom he qualifies through his Aberdeen-born grandmother, Frances.
He was introduced against Australia in the 70th minute and produced a key turnover in the closing stages to help Gregor Townsend’s side to 15-13 against the Wallabies.
“It was everything I could ever have dreamt of and more,” Bayliss said following the victory.
“Just coming in on the bus on the way in was an incredible experience. The anthems were amazing and got very emotional for me. My dad actually made it over which was an incredible surprise as I didn’t know he was coming. That was incredible.
“I’ve been desperate to get my first cap and to play with these boys who were just unbelievable and to be able to do that is just such an honour and privilege and my family as well.”
Meanwhile a trio of Bath Rugby players were also doing the club proud on the international stage at Twickenham.
Sam Underhill started the game against Tonga and was replaced at half-time with Eddie Jones’ side 29-3 up at the break.
Ewels and prop Will Stuart came on in the second period to help England to a 69-3 scoreline in their first Autumn Nation Series game.