Van Vuuren finds his feet in first outing for Bath

Date published: August 15 2016

South African born Bath hooker Michael van Vuuren is excited by the prospect of playing under incoming Head Coach Tabai Matson and Director of Rugby Todd Blackadder.

Van Vuuren signed with Bath from Leicester Tigers while Mike Ford was still in charge, but Blackadder, the former Crusaders coach, and Matson will take over starting with the new season.

"They've been successful with the (Canterbury) Crusaders and I've worked with New Zealand coaches in the past," Van Vuuren told the Bath Cronicle.

"They definitely bring a different dynamic and feel and it's going to be great for us. In saying that, Toby (Booth), Darren (Edwards) and Baz (Maddocks) have done a great job.

"We've put our heads down and worked hard. We haven't let the sideshows this summer detract from what we want to do and what we want to achieve. With the arrival of Todd and Tabai, it can only help and benefit us."

Van Vuuren had his first outing as a Bath player this past weekend and scored a try against Yorkshire Carnegie, who they beat 20-14. However, the South African faces stiff competition for the number-two jersey from Ross Batty, England under-20s skipper Jack Walker and Tom Dunn all vying for the starting berth.

"It was great fun to get my first game for Bath. I've worked hard this pre-season and it's a great honour to put on that jersey.

"You always want to get your season or campaign off to a winning start and get on the right foot. Hopefully we can kick on. There were some errors in the game, but you expect that. There were a lot of positives to take out of that."