Bath Rugby endured a tough season and that culminated in the sacking of head coach Mike Ford among controversial circumstances off field as well as on field problems.
Bath have got a long summer ahead and with a coach expected to be announced in the coming weeks it looks as though next season could be one of rebuilding and overhauling at the west country club.
The club should be strengthened by a plethora of high quality recruits including international number eight Faletau, exciting scrum-half Fotouali’i and the promising hooker Jack Walker.
The club will see this season as a time to make a team capable of consistently challenging for the top half or maybe even the top four. The play-offs is likely to be out of reach for the time being but in the future Bath may well see this season as a crucial building block in their development.
All teams that win titles do of course have to go through the building phase and this season that is the aim for Bath Rugby.
You could argue Bath are in a good place to start that process with a good crop of youngsters in Adam Hastings, Levi Douglas, Will Homer, Darren Atkins and new signing Jack Walker along with players like Denton, Faletau, Joseph and Ford plying their trade in Bath. This is a blend Saracens as a blueprint have perfected and a plan Exeter are leaning towards.
Bruce Craig has the money to make Bath the team they want to be, now it’s down to the players and whoever the new coach may be to earn their money and do their talking on the pitch getting Bath back to where they need to be.
Potential Bath 23: 1 N Auterac 2 J Walker 3 H Thomas 4 L Charteris 5 D Attwood 6 D Denton 7 F Louw 8 T Faletau
9 K Fotouali’i 10 G Ford 11 J Williams 12 M Banahan 13 J Joseph 14 S Rokoduguni 15 A Watson
16 M van Vuuren 17 N Catt 18 D Wilson 19 E Stooke 20 M Garvey 21 C Cook 22 D Bowden 23 T Homer