Bath boss keen to 'expose' players as Six Nations call-ups loom
2024/01/11

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Bath's head of rugby, Johann van Graan, is preparing to face the challenge of losing a significant number of his squad to international call-ups for the upcoming Six Nations tournament. 

Despite their successful season so far, with a strong standing in both the Premiership and Champions Cup, Bath is expected to lose around 10 to 12 players to international duty with England and other nations. Van Graan sees this as an opportunity to develop players within the English rugby system and believes that playing international rugby should be the ultimate goal for any player or coach. 

He also expressed pride in coaching for his own country, South Africa, and stated that having more Bath players participating in test rugby would make him happier.

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Van Graan views the call-ups as a chance for other players to step up and make an impact, emphasizing the positive aspect of this situation. He is focused on the upcoming game in the Champions Cup and is excited for the challenge it presents, highlighting the trust he has in their systems and style of play. He emphasized that this upcoming match is their biggest challenge yet in the Champions Cup, and he is looking forward to it.

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