It’s been a good few days for second row Dom Day. He capped playing in the Bath Rugby’s famous victory at the Stade Ernest Wallon on Sunday with the announcement this week that he’s re-signed for the Club.
Beating Toulouse was 100% the biggest win in my time here at Bath Rugby.
The manner in which we won, managing to get that fourth try in the last ten minutes and seeing how many Bath supporters were out in France made it a great match to be involved in. The crowds are absolutely electric in France too.
We know beating Toulouse is only half the job done.
We’ve got Glasgow Warriors on Sunday in the final round of the Champions Cup. If things go our way and we qualify, it’ll be just as big an occasion as winning in France.
I think Bath can win trophies in the next couple of years and I want to be part of it.
Looking around the Club and seeing the quality of players here made renewing my contract easy. I know that we’re in contention for silverware. I would have been devastated if I’d left and watched the boys lifting trophies. I’ve got a tight-knit group of friends here, and of course I’ve got another close friend joining us next season…
Rhys Priestland and I grew up playing rugby together.
We were in the Scarlets Academy. We’re good mates and even lived together for a couple of years. I really think he’s going to be good for Bath. He’s a good bloke. He’ll buy into the culture here and it’ll push him and improve him. He’s playing some awesome rugby at the moment.
Rhys is one of the in-form 10s in the Guinness Pro12.
His confidence is evident in the fact that he’s joining a club which has one of the best 10s in the world and he’s backing himself to get a starting spot. Rhys and George are similar characters in terms of their determination and drive to be the best they can be. When you look at teams who dominate competitions like Toulon, they have two or three players deep in world-class talent, and that’s what we’re striving to be.
Wales v England on February 6th will be interesting.
The way professional rugby is, you get used to watching your friends playing against each other, but international rugby is another thing altogether. That game will be phenomenal, and hopefully there will be plenty of Bath boys lining up against my Welsh mates – including, fingers crossed, our very own Paul James. George and Rhys will probably catch up with each other after the match at the Millennium Stadium.
We drive each other on at Bath.
We don’t measure ourselves against other players at other teams, we push ourselves against each other. Whether selected or not, we always give everything for the guys who are out on the pitch. That’s just the team ethic we have. It's the sort of mentality that pushes you towards silverware.