Bath coaches enjoying closer games

Date published: October 11 2016

Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder and head coach Tabai Matson say they are appreciating the shorter distances in European rugby. 

Blackadder and Matson, who both represented the Crusaders in Super Rugby in their playing days, say the geographical proximity of other European teams makes rugby life a little easier. 

"There are little things you should never take for granted," Blackadder told the Bath Chronicle

"Not having to travel for so long allows you to prepare the team so much better every week. I really enjoyed playing Gloucester away and being home by 8pm. It's just nice to have some time to enjoy it and have a good night's sleep."

Matson believes his work load has become easier because of the shorter travelling time. 

"It's unbelievable … It's so good. In Super Rugby you average about 120 days away from home per year. Every away game is on a plane, even in New Zealand. The long away trips here are a pleasure.

"I normally worked through the night in Super Rugby, but now I'm in bed by midnight. In New Zealand your training schedule is absolutely determined by your travel schedule."