Gary Gold, the head coach of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Union side Bath Rugby was looking for his side to improve steadily as they travelled south of the border to Wales to take on the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium for only their second pre-season friendly match a couple of days back. However, that wasn’t to be as the English side succumbed to a defeat at the hands of the Welsh side.
But Jonathan Humphreys, the former captain of the side and currently that attacks coach of the Welsh side can still a silver lining in the performances of the club in the form of Paul James, the utility prop they signed from Welsh region in the close season. According to Humphreys, he still wishes he could have held on to the most important player on his front row, a player who has over 200 professional appearances for the side; but he added that the Ospreys loss will stand to be a gain for Bath Rugby.
Ahead of the friendly match, Humphreys stated that Paul was exactly the type of player his old club needed – he has the competitiveness, the aggression as well as the technical knowledge. He added that it was almost a transfer coup on the part of Bath and admitted that it will be strange to see him in the shirt of Bath.
He added that the fans of the club should be patient because exciting times lie ahead for the club, with the new coaching team, headed by the South African Gold will have its impact in a year or so.
He also looked back at the wonderful times he had spent at Bath Rugby, stating that he thoroughly enjoyed his spell there, and with the culture in place there, it was a brilliant place to play rugby in.