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Posted Wednesday, January 27th 2021

Talking points: Bath (h) - Gallagher Premiership

Check out they key talking points from this week's media session, as Director of Rugby, Pat Lam and prop, Jake Woolmore previewed the round seven Gallagher Premiership clash with Bath at Ashton Gate (7.45PM KO, live on BT Sport 1HD).

'A blessing in disguise'

Pat Lam on the two-week enforced break: “It was disappointing initially, not to play, but it’s actually been a blessing in disguise. Not the fact that we haven’t played rugby or have rested, it’s more about the quality of the work that we’ve managed to get done in those two weeks.

“Some guys got their deserved rest, but the majority of the squad, we all came in and we’ve worked pretty hard on our game and done some work that maybe we’d normally reserve for pre-season. So, with nine games non-stop, to be able to get the conditioning, improve our game, spend some time culturally as well, improve leadership, it’s been phenomenal for us, so now it’s all about sharpening the axe as we go into games.”

Derby ding-dong

Jake Woolmore on facing Bath: “In derby day fixtures, anything can happen, so we understand the challenge that is in front of us and know we’ll need to be at our best again on Friday night.

“It’s obviously a huge shame that this game will be played without supporters, especially when you think about the sell-out crowds it has attracted over the past few seasons, but we know the fans will be supporting us from their homes and we’ll be aiming to put a smile on their faces.”

International honours

Lam on international call-ups: “I’m very pleased for all of the international players. We’re very proud of all of them and particularly Harry (Randall), as out third Foundation Bears to gain international honours and I think I read recently that Eddie (Jones) is looking to improve the game, change it up, and that selection is a great selection.

“He’ll bring real energy and passion and pace to the game. He’s a quality player and we’re all looking forward to seeing him put the white jersey on and do well, and the same for Callum with Wales.

“That will be a good game, it would be great if both are playing when England play Wales – and again, Max and Ben, they are just going from strength to strength as well, so we’re very proud of them.”


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