Dixon is in no hurry to head home
Bath captain Luke Watson may be heading home to South Africa in the summer, with Butch James poised to follow him, but one player who is determined to stay put is Zimbabwe-born hooker Pieter Dixon,
writes Harry Abbott
Watson has signed a deal with Eastern Province Kings, while fly-half James has also signalled his intention to leave at the end of the current campaign – with the Golden Lions in pole position to secure his services.
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However, despite the prospect of his colleagues returning to their homeland, Dixon, who joined Bath from Cape Town side the Stormers in 2005, has no intentions of going back to Super 15 rugby.
"I definitely don't want to leave yet," Dixon said. "I really want to stay and I have another season after this one with Bath but I will re-evaluate then.
"Obviously Luke is going to Kings and we will miss him a lot as he has been a big, influential figure here at Bath.
"I think that with Butch there is a good possibility he will stay.
"It is nice to have a few South Africans playing here with me. We all love playing and living here so I can't see a reason why that would definitely change."
The return of Lee Mears has seen Dixon back on the bench for Bath's recent matches but the 34-year-old believes that will only serve to help him as he continues his career at The Rec.
"Myself and Lee have been rotating quite a bit since I have been here," Dixon said. "He is a top player but it is disappointing being on the bench so when I get my opportunity I want to go out and impress and put as much pressure as I can on Lee.
"In my position you can keep going a bit longer than the back-line players, so rotating with Lee has its benefits as it helps give me some rest and keep the body fresh. Hopefully I have a couple of years left in me and can still give some good performances."
After a run of five consecutive defeats, Bath finally recorded their first win since early November on Saturday. Dixon admitted that confidence had been low amongst the players but the last-gasp win at London Irish would give the side the boost they needed for their upcoming home Premiership fixtures with Leeds and Newcastle.
He said: "We are all talented guys but we just needed that bit of confidence of getting that feeling of winning, and getting the winning culture within the team.
"It's amazing what a win can do for you and we have two really important games now. A couple of wins means we can forget about the first half of the season and focus on the second half."