Bath Hooker won’t be tempted back to S.Africa

While Luke Watson and Butch James look all set to be returning to South Africa to play Super Rugby former Stormers hooker Peter Dixon is happy to stay in Bath.


The Zimbabwe-born hooker joined Bath from Cape Town side the Stormers in 2005 and says that he has no intentions of returning to South Africa to Super 15Rugby.


Bath captain Luke Watson has signed with the Eastern Province Kings who hope to be promoted to Super Rugby where they will play as the Southern Kings .


Butch James is believed to be headed for Johannesburg to play for the Lions at the end of the Aviva Premiership season but with Dixon’s colleagues leaving he says he is not tempted to follow.


“I definitely don’t want to leave yet,” Dixon told the Bath Chronicle. “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,” added Dixon.


The Golden Lions attempted to buy James out of his contract late last year but failed and Dixon is hoping that James will stay as he enjoys playing with South Africans.


“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.”


Lee Mears’ return has relegated Dixon to the bench for some of Bath’s recent matches but the 34-year-old believes the situation will only help him in 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.”


Bath ended a run of five consecutive defeats on the weekend when they beat London Irish for their first win since early November – thanks to a late Olly Barkley penalty.


Dixon had to admit that confidence had been low amongst the players but the victory over the Exiles has given the players the boost they needed for their upcoming home Premiership fixtures with Leeds and Newcastle.


“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.” he said.


“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.”

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