Meehan names Claasens as Bath club captain

Bath Rugby have announced scrum half Michael Claassens as captain for the 2009-10 season.

Talking earlier this afternoon, Head Coach Steve Meehan (pictured) described the 26-year-old as “a very fine rugby player,” who “ticks all the necessary boxes” to be captain.

South African born Claassens joined Bath Rugby from Super Rugby side the Cheetahs in the summer of 2007 on a two-year deal, which he then extended for a further two years at the start of last season.

“I think by the end of last season I had already accepted that he would be captain this season,” admitted Meehan.

“He will be a very good leader and is somebody who will share the responsibility of that throughout the team as well.”

Having already made 54 appearances in the Bath jersey, it is little surprise that Claassens has scored 11 tries for the club, demonstrating not only that he is one of the most exciting scrum-halves on the domestic and European stage, but also a valuable points scorer for his team too.

When asked about his decision process, the number nine was pragmatic: “At first it wasn’t an easy decision,” revealed Claassens.

“It was a massive honour and privilege but I did have to think about it because it’s not just something you just accept – it’s a big thing.

“But when I thought everything through and spoke to Steve about everything, I was quite happy.”

With an obvious maturity beyond his years, Claassens is in no way concerned about the recent off-the-field events hampering the team.

“What happened happened and it’s something that was dealt with. We, as a squad, have moved on and we are just focused on the new season.”

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