Bath set sights on Tapuai

Date published: September 28 2016

Bath have reportedly set their sights on signing Western Force and Wallabies midfield back Ben Tapuai.

According to a Bath Chronicle report, the Premiership club are keen to sign Tapuai, who can play at inside and outside centre, and that initial talks have taken place.

Tapuai represented Australia in seven Tests and played in 12 matches for the Force in Super Rugby after joining the Perth-based franchise from the Reds at the start of 2016.

"He was a name that was bandied round a little while ago," Bath's director of rugby Todd Blackadder told the Chronicle.

"If he's back on the market and we could bring him in, we'd love to."

Blackadder said Tapuai made an impression on him when he was in charge of the Crusaders in Super Rugby.

"He's done really well," he added. 

"If we ever got to that point it would be fantastic, but we're really focussed on what we need to do now, with the midfield we've got.

"We've definitely been hit hard in that area. We'll bring in as many players as we need to cover injuries.

"Hopefully, not too many more. I think if we can get the midfielders we're hoping to get, we'll be fine."
Tapuai made his Test debut in 2011 and last played for Australia in 2012. He won the Super Rugby title with the Reds in 2011.

If Bath were to sign Tapuai, he is likely to join them in a month or two, like former Crusaders centre Robbie Fruean.