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'A clear vision': Van Graan makes a big decision on his coaching future

NEWS: Head of Rugby Johann van Graan has signed a new contract with Bath, committing his long-term future to the club until the end of the 2029/30 campaign.

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Van Graan joined Bath from Munster in 2022 and guided the team to Champions Cup qualification in his first season.

The Blue, Black and White currently sit third in the Premiership on 50 points, challenging for the play-offs with just two games remaining of the regular season, having reached the knockout stage of Europeโ€™s elite rugby competition for the first time since 2015.

Under van Graan, world-class heads of department have been recruited, working closely alongside a performance-driven coaching team and backroom staff who care.

This period of revival has seen the team become tough to beat, with a clear way of playing the game, coupled with a focus on physical performance and most importantly enjoying playing for Bath.

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“Iโ€™m proud to be committing my future to this historic club in Blue, Black and White and I am loving the journey we are on,” said Van Graan.

“Rugby is about people, purpose, creating memories and making a difference and my family and I are looking forward to our future in Bath.

“I’d like to acknowledge and thank the board, staff, players, and supporters who, together, make Farleigh House and The Rec such special places. We are creating a unique culture with purpose, and we are in, all in, all the time.

“The journey we have been on together as players and staff since I joined has been about getting better every day, becoming a team thatโ€™s tough to beat, and creating an identity that can deliver success over the long term โ€“ the best is yet to come.

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Chief Executive Tarquin McDonald said: “Since joining us in 2022, Johann and his team have delivered a revival on the pitch, created a genuine team ethos, and built belief in what Bath can achieve. There is a clear vision, alignment, and pride in the shirt.

“These are exciting times for the club. We have big ambitions for rugby success, to grow the game, and to regenerate the riverside with an amazing new home for the club.

“We have the right leadership in place to grasp the opportunities ahead of us both on and off the pitch.”

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