BREAKING: Former Wasps boss completes move to Bath - Ruck

BREAKING: Former Wasps boss completes move to Bath

“Bath Rugby is thrilled to announce that Lee Blackett, former Head Coach of Wasps, will be joining our club as an Assistant Coach this summer,” said a spokesperson for Bath Rugby.

“Lee is considered one of the most innovative coaches in the UK, with over a decade of experience in coaching. We are delighted to have him on board to help develop our team and build on our success.”

Blackett’s impressive career includes playing for Fylde, Leeds Tykes, and Rotherham Titans before returning to Rotherham as a player-coach in 2012. He became the youngest Head Coach in the top two tiers of English rugby a year later.

“During his time at the South Yorkshire club, he led the team to the Championship play-offs in consecutive campaigns and saw them reach the latter stages of the British & Irish Cup – both achievements were firsts in the club’s near 100-year history,” the spokesperson added.

Blackett then went on to become the Attack Coach at Wasps in the Premiership in 2015. In his first season, his attack saw them score a regular season-high number of tries (71) as they reached the play-offs for the first time in eight years. A year later, Blackett’s attack aided Wasps’ route to the Premiership final with a first-place finish and another record try total of 89. In his fifth year in Coventry, Blackett was promoted to the position of Head Coach, guiding them to an unlikely Premiership final during the 2019/20 season.

“Lee’s seven-and-a-half years at Wasps came to a sad end in October 2022, but we are delighted to have the opportunity to work with him as our new Assistant Coach,” said the spokesperson.

Blackett added, “To have the opportunity to work with Johann, the rest of the coaching team and a talented playing group, as well as return to the Premiership, is very exciting for me. Bath is a club with rich history, fantastic support and has the infrastructure in place to be successful. I look forward to working with a team that has the potential to compete and challenge at the top end of the league.”

“Horror draw” – England get pool of death in revised World Cup draw

The recently released World Rugby Rankings highlight the absurdity of the Pool Draw for the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2023, which was determined three years in advance and appears to be heavily skewed.

In response to criticism, World Rugby has announced that future pool draws for the Rugby World Cup will be conducted closer to the start of the tournament, as the current practice of relying on team rankings at the time of the draw is deemed unfair.

According to a report by the Mirror, World Rugby will make changes to the pool draw process for the 2027 edition.

“World Rugby said it is able to make the change because of a new ‘hosting model’ that sees the international federation create collaborations with the host union,” the report read.

“The top of the men’s Test game has never been more competitive,” the spokesperson added. “There has never been so much movement over a two-year period.

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“Bearing that in mind and noting the format of four pools of five teams, there is arguably no perfect time for a draw.”

As a result, the guys over at Eggchasers Rugby put together their own drawer the 2023 tournament based on the current World Rugby rankings.

Concentrating on only the top 10 countries in the world, it looks significant.

It was very different with England handed a much sterner test in their pool. Watch the full video here.

POOL A actual draw:

  • France
  • New Zealand

POOL A up to date draw

  • France
  • Australia

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