"Replacement in due course" - Bath coach departs after another poor season - Ruck

“Replacement in due course” – Bath coach departs after another poor season

Bath Rugby can confirm Attack and Backs Coach Joe Maddock has left the club.

The 44-year-old returned to the Blue, Black and White at the start of the season and has been part of a coaching group which has seen the team cross for 59 Gallagher Premiership tries in 19 games to date in 2022/23. 

Having made 130 appearances in the club’s back three between 2004 and 2010, Maddock remains a club legend for his long-standing association with Bath.

The club said in a statement: “Everyone at the club would like to wish Joe and his family all the very best of luck for the future. 

“A new coach will be announced in due course.”

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#5. Max Malins to Bristol Bears

The 25-year-old, who has 14 caps for England, enjoyed a prolific loan spell at Ashton Gate between 2020 and 2021, scoring 18 tries in 19 matches and helping the Bears to a maiden European title and top spot in the Gallagher Premiership.

Last season’s leading try scorer in the Gallagher Premiership with 16, full-back Malins signs a two-year deal at Ashton Gate.

Director of Rugby, Pat Lam, said: “Max is already one of the top players in the Gallagher Premiership and he made a huge impact during his loan spell with us at the Bears. We are all looking forward to welcoming him back into our team again.

Malins added: “I’m delighted to have signed with the Bears. During my loan period, I was made to feel very welcome by the fans, thoroughly enjoyed my rugby and made some good friends. I look forward to returning and hope to carry on where I left off.”