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BATH RUGBY: Back-line variety a key factor for new boy JJ
JONATHAN Joseph hopes he can help add the X Factor to Bath’s backline so craved by the club’s coaching staff.
The announcement of the 22-year-old’s summer arrival at the club earlier this year prompted director of rugby Gary Gold to reveal that they were seeking to add more magic ingredients to their three-quarter line.
Four-times England capped centre Joseph believes he can fit the bill, having already had a taste of what Bath’s midfield can offer when he worked in tandem with new clubmate Kyle Eastmond on England’s summer tour of Argentina.
“I think I am quite different to centres they have had previously and I think Kyle is as well,’’ he said. “We like to get the ball out in our hands and play rugby.
“That’s what both our strengths are, having ball in hand and creating space for others and working together will be great when we’re on the same wavelength.
“Argentina was a great tour with a lot of boys coming through. We played that final test together and I thought it went really well.
“We’re looking forward to building on that relationship.
“The boys are excited and each game we have played hopefully we’ve got better. We want to play and see what we’re about.’’
Having made his international bow on the 2012 summer tour to South Africa, Joseph was selected for the England Saxons squad for this season, but believes his move can help restore him to the full squad in due course.
“I’d been at London Irish for about four years and I just felt it was time to make the change,’’ he added.
“Bath’s a great place to do that, to fulfil my ambitions. It made sense. Your career is only so long and you want to win as many things as possible.
“Bath is a club that is only going to get better and it gives me the best opportunity to win something which would be a great achievement.
“When I sat down with the coaches they spoke about where they wanted the club to go. It was quite an easy option.
“If the club are going well and we’re pushing forward there will be quite a few on the (international) radar.”
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