The Bath Rugby Academy has strengthened its ranks with signings at both playing and coaching level. Max Clark, Brett Herron, Will Homer, Rory Jennings and George Wacokecoke enter the Senior Academy, as Barry Maddocks and George Tavner add yet more experience on the coaching side.
Clark (centre, Bryanston), Herron (fly-half, Wellington), Homer (scrum-half, Sherborne) and Jennings (fly-half/scrum-half, Bryanston) all make the step up from the Junior Academy, and have been included in the England U18 side to tour South Africa. Wacokecoke (wing, St Joseph’s College) was previously a member of the Northampton Saints Academy.
The two new coaches boast a diverse rugby background underpinned by age-group experience. Barry Maddocks has coached England Sevens (men and women) and headed up the highly-regarded Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence at Hartpury College. Fellow coach George Tavner, one of the youngest Level 4 coaches in the country, recently enjoyed great success heading up the rugby programme at SGS Filton College and was Director of Rugby at UWE.
Danny Grewcock, who oversees operations as Academy Director, hailed the arrival of the coaching duo as a key element of the Academy building process: “Barry and George have huge experience working within the Academy system. Both are proven operators with a modern coaching style who have been successful in developing talented young players in their previous roles.”
On the subject of the new Senior Academy players, Grewcock said: “The new backs arriving this season really complement the existing Senior Academy players, who are predominantly forwards. They have strong examples to follow – such as Ollie Devoto and Will Spencer – and I look forward to seeing them integrate with the rest of the players.”