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Watson bullish on Bath prospects


Watson happy to make sacrifices for Bath

Bath's new South African signing Luke Watson believes his team's brand of rugby will see them start climbing the Premiership table.

The 26-year-old back-row forward has arrived in Bath in fine form off the back of a full season playing in the Currie Cup and Super 14 competitions.

"We've got to stick with what we're doing because eventually it's going to come off," Watson told BBC Points West.

"One or two points here and there and we could be right at the top."

Watson is good friends with fly-half Butch James and hooker Pieter Dixon, both of whom he has played alongside back in South Africa.

It was their recommendations, along with Bath's style of rugby, that helped the Springbok make his decision.

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"I do enjoy giving the ball some air and throwing it around," said the former Western Province and Stormers man.

"We do play an expansive game, a high-risk game, but it's what Bath is famous for and it's what makes us the team we are.

"With the kind of quality that's at the Rec it's the type of team that's going to rise to the top eventually."

Watson acknowledges that, by coming to England, any hopes of adding to his 10 international caps will be put on hold.

"It's a conscious decision I've made and a sacrifice I'm happy to make," he said.

"I'm not here to tour the northern hemisphere. I'm not here to earn the pound or extend my fame. I'm coming to play some rugby."

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