I see that I have been mentioned in the bookies’ possible runners and riders in the betting were there to be a head coach vacancy with England. First and foremost, there is no vacancy and we should all respect Stuart Lancaster’s position. I have just signed a four-year contract with Bath Rugby and my only intention is to help them realise their full potential and achieve what I believe we can achieve.
Why would I want to leave somewhere like this, working with our fantastic owner Bruce Craig, where it is joy to come into training each and every day, where the players and management are so enthusiastic about getting better and where they, too, want to take the club? We haven’t won anything here, I understand that, but that remains our goal and I want to be at the heart of that journey along with my fellow coaches.
We are setting out to play what has become known as the Bath Way again this season at the club even though we lost out to Saracens in the Premiership final in May. That is what the fans and the club want. That is where my commitment lies. I want to leave a legacy at Bath Rugby. This is the best place for me.