Max Lahiff, Bath Rugby's new signing at prop, talks to the website about his life in rugby.
I was delighted to get some game time as soon as I joined Bath
About seven months had gone by since my last match for my previous club, Melbourne Rebels, and making my Bath debut, so it was just what I needed. When all you're doing is conditioning and not playing, It can be mind-numbing. There's no substitute to playing a true game of rugby.
Getting my first try for the Club was special
That I scored it on my first start for Bath (against Ospreys last weekend) made it even more of a happy occasion. We were disappointed not to get the win, but I was pleased with my personal performance.
The coaches at Bath know how to get the best out of me
While I was away I was always in contact with Neal Hatley, and I've also got a good relationship with Toby Booth and Allan Ryan, our High Performance Manager - all from our time at London Irish. I play my best rugby under Hats and Boothy. Had I not gone to play in the Southern Hemisphere I would likely have followed those guys to wherever they went anyway. Being here at Bath with those guys and some of my former teammates has made my transition to Bath seamless.
Bath are equipped to be one of the heavyweights of the game
I'm pumped to be part of where the Club is going. A lot is expected of us in terms of success, and being around so many quality players, every one of whom has a hunger for silverware, can only rub off on you. You really raise your game.
We're going to have to wrestle some Premiership points from Saracens on Sunday
These are the sorts of games that define where you are as a team. Sarries are tough and they perform well year in, year out.
My housemates enjoyed a particularly good weekend in Cardiff
I live with Anthony Watson and Jonathan Joseph, so to see them both score in England's win at the Millennium Stadium was incredible. Along with George Ford and Dave Attwood, they really did the Club proud and I can't wait to see them perform this weekend against Italy.
I had a superb time playing in New Zealand's ITM Cup
I played for Hawke's Bay, which is on the east coast of the country's North Island. My teammates included guys like All Blacks Zac Guildford and Alby Mathewson, and it was precisely the sort of experience I was after. The five months of hunting and fishing were pretty decent too!
My love of rugby started in Ascot
I went to Papplewick School, which isn't far from the famous racecourse, and then Wellington College. James Haskell also went to both schools. Papplewick is where I caught the rugby bug. We had a rugby master called Stuart Malan who was a giant, rugby-mad Afrikaner, and if it wasn't for him I don't think I would be playing the game now.