Last season 8th
Players in Paul James (Ospreys), Rob Webber (Wasps), Dominic Day (Scarlets), Horacio Agulla (Leicester). Out: Matt Carraro (Montpellier), Duncan Bell (Clifton), Andy Beattie, Lewis Moody, David Flatman, Pieter Dixon, Scott Hobson (all retired).
Form An awful lot of greybeard knowhow has departed from the pack – or is it that dead wood has been cut out? A stellar coaching panel led by Gary Gold must uncover the hard edge Bath have lacked for a decade, though there is a ripple of flair from full-back Nick Abendanon through to flanker Carl Fearns.
Key player Francois Louw, back row.
Prediction If the planets align, top six beckons.
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