'One of the very best' - Bath boss Van Graan praises ex-England coach
2024/01/11

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Bath's head of rugby, Johann van Graan, has praised Racing 92's coach, Stuart Lancaster, ahead of their Champions Cup clash. Van Graan and Lancaster share a long-running friendship and mutual respect. They first met during the 2012 test series when Lancaster was the head coach of England and van Graan was a technical consultant with the Springboks. 

Van Graan appointed Graham Rowntree at Munster and got to know Andy Farrell through their conversations. He admires Lancaster's resilience and considers him one of the best coaches in the game.

Van Graan acknowledges Racing 92's strengths, particularly their power and dominance, as well as the structure Lancaster has brought to the team. He emphasizes the need to stop Racing 92 at the source and impose their own game onto them. Bath has prepared consistently and aims to maintain their good discipline and adaptability. 

The upcoming match promises to be a challenge, but van Graan is confident in Bath's ability to perform.

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