Bath confirm new coaching team led by Gary Gold

Bath Rugby have confirmed their new coaching team for next season with the announcement of Gary Gold as their new Director of Rugby. The former Springbok assistant coach, who has spent time in the Premiership before with Newcastle and London Irish, has assembled a coaching team consisting of Irish boss Toby Booth, along with former England coach Mike Ford, Irish Academy Manager Neal Hatley and existing Bath defensive coach Brad Davies.

Speaking about the move, Gary said: “I’m really looking forward to coming on board at Bath. It’s a very ambitious Club, with a great array of talent within the squad that I’m excited to be working with. There is a good culture developing here, and I’m keen to help further that with my own expertise and experience.”

Toby Booth also has international and club rugby experience, having been forwards coach for the England Saxons in the Churchill Cup, coached the England Students, Universities and Under 21’s, prior to becoming Head Coach at London Irish.

“Bath is a great Club, with clear goals and targets and know where they want to be. I’m really keen to start working with the squad.” Toby said. “I have enjoyed all my coaching roles, but do feel now is the right time to move on to another Club and challenge.”

The departures of Booth and Hatley along with another former Bath man Mike Catt earlier this month mean that Irish will be in the market for new backroom staff.

More details about each of the coaches’ specific roles will be provided when they report for pre-season in June. Can Bath become a force again under the new regime?