Matt Stevens happy at Bath

Bath announced on Friday the great news that Matt Stevens had signed a new four-year contract with Bath Rugby. Now preparing for England’s RBS Six Nations game against Italy, Stevens was able to talk further about staying at Bath in the refined setting of the Bath Spa hotel.

“I’m really happy that I can continue my time at Bath. It has been quiet a stressful period for me in the last couple of months while trying to get the contract sorted. There has not been anything signed but now that it is all over I can concentrate on rugby, helping to improve the clubs standards and on helping getting things back up there.

“I think that my signing with Bath for the next four years is a statement of intent for me. Bath is my home now and I want to play a part in making the club as great as it can be.”

It is recognised that Bath needs to an investment in its facilities and Stevens is looking ahead to help the club achieve those goals.

“It is all moving in a really positive direction. The Rec re-development is a big thing and hopefully we can get that moving as well as the training ground at Lambridge. I think Bath will now move from strength to strength and be where it should be – at the top of the Premiership.”

With the Bath Rugby squad currently on a mid-season training camp in Italy, the next half of the season is an important one for the club.

“The boys are currently having a sort of mid-season training break. This should mean that the they will come back refreshed from the training camp and come back feeling really motivated about the Premiership. It is important to keep the boys on their toes.”

After defeat in the club’s last game against Saracens, Stevens (who should be available as there are no Six Nations games) knows that the team need to pick themselves up and continue onwards.

“A massive game for the club is when we get back to action in the Guinness Premiership against Wasps. It is a game we are targeting and getting through that game at the Rec will hopefully get us back on track after the defeat to Saracens.

“With the European Challenge Cup we have put ourselves in a decent position as well. Everything at the moment is very positive for the club and it is just very important that when we play rugby that we develop our game as much as we can in the next couple of months but also stick to what we have been doing as it has been working.”

On to more pressing issues, England will be looking to make amends against Italy after defeat against Wales got their RBS Six Nations campaign off to a rocky start.

“We are all disappointed about last weekend but we are now concentrating on putting in a good performance and it is vital that we go to Italy with our heads held high and that we have a positive mindset.”   

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