Former England scrum guru hired as Bath head coach

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Neal Hatley, then Bath scrum coach, looks on during the Champions Cup match against ASM Clermont Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand on 15 December 2019.
Neal Hatley, then Bath scrum coach, looks on during the Champions Cup match against ASM Clermont Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand on 15 December 2019.
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Premiership Rugby club Bath hired former England assistant Neal Hatley as their new head coach on Thursday.

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Hatley arrived at Bath last year to oversee the forwards and defence and he will now work under the team's director of rugby Stuart Hooper.

The former England Saxons prop was appointed England scrum coach by Eddie Jones in 2016.

"Neal's ability to connect with the players and develop those relationships, along with his ability to deliver the key principles of our play, is a huge skill," Hooper said.

"He takes players on the journey and helps them understand why we do what we do."

Hatley made 193 Premiership appearances before beginning his coaching career as an academy manager at London Irish.

"As head coach, I'm responsible for field performance. With my focus on delivering great performances on the pitch, it allows Stuart to focus on how we want to play and perform," Hatley said.

"I want to make sure I get the best out of our players and that's a lot about building relationships, knowing they trust your leadership."

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