Fotuali’i eyes Premiership title

Date published: August 3 2016

Bath scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i is eager to help his new team challenge for silverware in his first season since arriving from Northampton.

The experienced 33-year-old, who made his name at the Ospreys, will compete with Chris Cook and Niko Matawalu for a starting spot at Bath.

And he admits to being impressed by the squad at the Recreation Ground, with the club now being coached by Todd Blackadder and Tabai Matson.

"The club has got so many exciting players on the roster and it's a place full of ambition. I wanted to be part of that," he told the Bath Chronicle.

"We simply need to play as well as we know we can, with the outstanding players that we have.

"If we get our game plan right, we'll be challenging for places come the end of the season."

He added: "Pre-season has been full-on, but I've just moved into my new house here in the city so I'll have more of an opportunity to see Bath."

"The first week of training started off fairly low tempo, but it then got tougher and tougher building up to our recent camp in Portugal, which was brutal but enjoyable at the same time."

On the prospect of battling with Cook and Matawalu for the starting scrum-half role, Fotuali'i thinks it can only benefit Bath as a team.

"I definitely relish the challenge and the competition," he said.

"It's a positive thing because it gets the best out of everyone, but each of us will always put the team first ahead of any personal rivalry.

"I'm a competitive and experienced player, so I hope that will hold me in good stead.

"My aim is to be regularly putting my hand up for selection and to stay injury-free. My ambition for us as team is to win the Premiership."