RUGBY: New faces at Bath's Academy

RUGBY: New faces at Bath's Academy

RUGBY: New faces at Bath's Academy

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BATH'S Academy has been strengthened with the arrival of players and coaches.

Max Clark, Brett Herron, Will Homer, Rory Jennings and George Wacokecoke will enter the senior Academy, while Barry Maddocks and George Tavner add more experience on the coaching staff.

Clark (centre, Bryanston), Herron (fly-half, Wellington), Homer (scrum-half, Sherborne) and Jennings (fly-half/scrum-half, Bryanston) all make the step up from the Junior Academy and have been included in the England U18 side to tour South Africa.

Wacokecoke (wing, St Joseph’s College) was previously a member of the Northampton Saints Academy.

Maddocks has coached England Sevens (men and women) and headed up the highly-regarded Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence at Hartpury College.

Fellow coach Tavner, one of the youngest level four coaches in the country, recently enjoyed success heading up the rugby programme at SGS Filton College and was Director of Rugby at UWE.

Academy director Danny Grewcock said: “Barry and George have huge experience working within the Academy system.

"Both are proven operators with a modern coaching style who have been successful in developing talented young players in their previous roles.”

Grewcock added: “The new backs arriving this season really complement the existing Senior Academy players, who are predominantly forwards.

"They have strong examples to follow – such as Ollie Devoto and Will Spencer – and I look forward to seeing them integrate with the rest of the players.”

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