Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Claassens insists Bath Rugby's time is now

In five years at the Rec Michael Claassens has seen a lot of changes - now he admits it's time for the latest incarnation of Bath to prove they can be more than mid-table scrappers.

Currently seventh in the league, Bath welcome sixth-placed Exeter Chiefs this weekend in their return to Aviva Premiership action knowing that anything but a win could see them cut adrift in the race for a top four spot.
Capped eight times by the Springboks, Claassens is now the longest-serving South African at Bath with more and more compatriots joining him in recent seasons.

Top of that list is head coach Gary Gold and Claassens admits he is relishing finally getting the chance to work with Gold.

He said: "I'd heard a lot about Gary but I didn't know him from my time back home so it's great to now have had the chance to work with him.