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Nick Auterac: On the Loose

9 October 2014

Nick Auterac, Bath Rugby’s new loosehead prop, in his own words: from being the strongest player in the squad to scoring against Northampton Saints.

I was in the wrong position for my try against Northampton

I ended up finding myself at the back of the maul, which wasn’t where I should have been. As it goes, I saw the line and thought, ‘there’s no way I’m not going for this’.

Not performing to our best in the scrum against Saints inspired us for Saracens

It was always going to be tough at Northampton, but we didn’t get the dominance we would have liked – and all credit to the Saints pack. During the training week ahead of Saracens, we recognised where we hadn’t gone well against Saints and put that right last Friday at the Rec.

It was a tough decision to leave Saracens

I had many sleepless nights, wavering on the decision, having been at Saracens since I was in college. Everybody wants to know what it’s like at Saracens, and I was fortunate enough to be involved there. However, I’m getting game time here at Bath and I’m really happy that I’ve had a good start to season.

The opportunities at Bath were too good to turn down

I saw the chances that were being given to the young guys here, not to mention the way the Club is developing, and I wanted to be part of it.

It was weird playing against my old team last week

Playing Saracens was something I was really looking forward to, and I was desperate to be involved. Coming off the back of our win against Tigers, we needed to back it up with a performance against one of the best clubs of the past four or five years. To actually do that was fantastic.

All good teams have one thing in common

They pay attention to the small parts of the game that not necessarily everyone sees. That’s why we’re doing so well right now. I see it every day in training.

I’ve enjoyed lifting weights since I was a youngster

I took an interest in it from a young age, and when I entered the Saracens academy it progressed to a serious level. I know some of the players have said I’m the strongest in the squad, but there are other guys pushing me for that title, such as Carl Fearns and Alafoti Fa’osiliva. If somebody’s beaten my score on a certain lift, I feel I have to prove myself.

Bath Rugby face Wasps in the Aviva Premiership at Adams Park on Sunday 12th October (k.o. 14.00)

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