Six school leavers will enter the Bath Senior Academy for the forthcoming season they recently announced.
The players have all been stars of the school scene over the last couple of years and will follow the likes of Charlie Ewels, Will Homer, Rory Jennings, and Max Clark, who were all part of the England U20 set up that reached the World Rugby U20 Championship final in June.
The most recognizable name to those who have not been up to date on the school scene over the last couple of years will be Scotland U18 and U19 fly half/centre Adam Hastings. Adam starred for Millfield over the past two years after moving from George Watsonâ€™s College, the son of Scotland and Lions legend Gavin, he has a bright future ahead.
As does Darren Atkins, Hastingsâ€™ Millfield teammate. The fullback/wing has been sensational for the past couple of years, his trademark has been searing long range scores, and he has represented England U16 and U18 as well as representing Bath United in the Aviva A League as a schoolboy.
The other four recruits are all in the forwards. Merchiston Castleâ€™s Zach Mercer, another England U18 international, is a specialist number 8, who won the prestigious Player of the Tournament award at the St Josephâ€™s Festival back in October, he is joined in the back row by the Hartpury College captain Sid Blackmore. Blackmore led his school to AASE victory from openside against Filton College, who themselves provide one of Bathâ€™s new recruits, Dan Frost.
Like Atkins and Mercer, Frost is an England U19 international and like Blackmore will be sent out on loan for the start of the season.
The final recruit is prop Jack Edmonson. Edmonson leaves Sherborne school, where the aforementioned scrum half Will Homer was also a pupil, and will also spend time studying at Bath University.
A host of new players will enter the Bath Rugby Senior Academy in 2015/16, with four forwards and two backs comprising the new cohort.
Speaking about the new recruits, Assistant Academy Manager at Bath, George Tavner, said:
“We are delighted that these boys have signed with Bath Rugby and look forward to welcoming them into our Senior Academy group as they start pre-season this week, all six represented Bath U18 last season and have graduated from the Junior Academy, and they have benefited from being part of outstanding school and college programmes as well.”
“We are very grateful for the work these institutes have put in in developing these players alongside the Bath Rugby Academy. They are a talented group with huge potential and we are looking forward to seeing how they develop in the Farleigh environment.”Â