Bath Rugby head coach Gary Gold delighted to keep Dave Attwood and Davey Wilson at the Rec
By tying down the services of two of their brightest England prospects this week, head coach Gary Gold continued his mantra of creating a Bath Rugby squad whose foundations are built on homegrown talent.
Prop Davey Wilson and lock Dave Attwood both agreed contract extensions at The Rec which are believed to run until the end of the 2015-16 season.
Wilson won his 26th cap in Saturday’s Six Nations decider at the Millennium Stadium, while Attwood has a fine chance of adding to his two international appearances on this summer’s tour to Argentina.
Having spent four years at The Rec since arriving from home club Newcastle in 2009, Wilson said the decision to stay at Bath was a no-brainer.
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“I’m massively pleased to be here, it was an easy decision to make,” said Wilson, who turns 28 next month.
“I had another year left to run on my contract and when they asked if I wanted an extra two years it was an easy answer – yes please.
“We’ve got a good scrum coach and a few forwards coaches, and that helps my development and helps the squad’s development.
“They are all good guys, the facilities are brilliant and hopefully we can keep on pushing up and challenging for fourth place.
“I really feel it is building and everyone feels content with the process of the way things are happening. We feel it’s right and we can develop from here.”
Attwood, who switched from West Country rivals Gloucester in 2011, said the possibility of building something special at Bath also prompted his decision to stay.
“I’m going to be sticking around for another three years, which is obviously delightful for me – I am really pleased to be able to say that I’m going to be staying,” said the 25-year-old.
“There are a lot of factors involved when you start thinking about where you are going to play your rugby but, thankfully, the club were interested in keeping me around for quite a long time and that suited me down to the ground.
“With the squad that is here – the playing squad as well as the coaches – and the facilities, equipment and everything we’ve got, then we are in the right place to be doing very good things.
“It is not going to be long before more of that starts coming to fruition, so I am delighted to be staying and really excited.
“People have been saying this club is going through a transition for quite a long time and when that transition will finish I’m not sure.
“It’s not as simple as ‘Oh, now we’re done, we’re finished’ – I think it’s much more long-term than that.
“It’s about developing a culture and an ethos which doesn’t just last for two months or six months. It’s about being able to turn up and grind out performances when you need to grind them out.”
Head coach Gold said the duo would be two key figures as he looks to stamp his mark on The Rec.
“I am delighted,” said Gold. “We approached them and asked them if they’d like to stay because we believe their contributions for us this year have been magnificent.
“It’s fantastic for us as we want young, talented English rugby players here first and foremost.
“If it’s possible we try to get the very best in each position and I think Dave Attwood and Davey Wilson fill that category very well.”
Bath Rugby fans can take advantage of a special ticket offer for the visit of London Welsh in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday, March 30 (2.15pm).
Two tickets can be purchased for £40 by visiting the ticket office on Pulteney Bridge or by calling 0844 448 1865.