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RWC stars heading to Bath?

10th July 2014 12:43

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Ambition: Bruce Craig

Bath owner Bruce Craig has revealed that post-Rugby World Cup signings have already been secured for the 2015/2016 season.

Australia scrum-half Will Genia has been heavily linked with the club throughout this year and could be joined by other international stars.

Bath's recruitment has noticeably shifted up a few gears in recent seasons, with rugby league star Sam Burgess joining the club.

Defeat in the Challenge Cup Final to Northampton Saints back in May has only driven Bath on further, as the club announced a new sponsor partnership with Dyson on Thursday.

"We've built over the past two years and we're building this year," Craig told the BBC.

"We've got Sam Burgess coming in, we've got Henry Thomas coming in, we've got other new players.

"We've already signed some players for post-World Cup going into what we consider our 150th year which is the 2015-16 season. We're putting everything in place to actually be in a position to win trophies."

"We're in a position where we've progressed over the past two years," Craig said.

"Our objective this year will be to progress again, if we win silverware it'll be fabulous. With all the ins and outs and ups and downs of rugby, it is very difficult to say.

"If you look at the final where Northampton played Saracens, it was a TMO decision to decide who would win the championship. It's very difficult to be able to say we're actually going to get there.

"The ambition is there and the squad and the youngsters coming through, the English young talent is what we're concentrating on and that's great for the club going forward."

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