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Will Muir signs new Bath deal after England call-up

By Josh Raisey
Will Muir of Bath Rugby looks on during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Bath Rugby and Newcastle Falcons at The Recreation Ground on October 14, 2023 in Bath, England. (Photo by Patrick Khachfe/Getty Images)

A day after being called into the England squad for the first time, Bath have confirmed that winger Will Muir has signed a three-year contract extension.

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The 28-year-old was called into England’s training camp in Girona this week alongside Bath teammate Max Ojomoh and Newcastle Falcons hooker Jamie Blamire as cover for the injured trio of Ollie Lawrence, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Oscar Beard, as Steve Borthwick’s squad prepare for their Guinness Six Nations opener against Italy in Rome on February 3.

The call-up, and now the new deal, is a fitting reward for the former England Sevens international’s form this season for the West Country outfit.

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After signing the new deal, Muir said: “I am delighted to commit my future to the club and love being here. It’s an incredibly exciting time to be a Bath Rugby player and I believe the journey we are on as a club is only going to get better with the players, coaches, and staff we have here.

“Running out at The Rec in front of our amazing fans is a special moment every time and nothing would make us more proud then to bring success back to them and the club.”

Bath head of rugby Johann van Graan said: “Will has had an amazing season up to date. His try-scoring ability, his finishing, his aerial skills, his work-rate on and off the ball, and his contact skills are just some of the reasons why we are keeping him at Bath.

“He is such a brilliant team man, the crowd loves him but most importantly I believe in him and I trust in him and I am so glad that ‘Horse’ is staying with Bath.”

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Nickers 1 hours ago
'One of the poorest All Blacks performances I've seen in a long time'

Extreme hyperbole from Biggar. NZ have played far, far worse than that. The 20/21 team was by far the worst of the professional era. Losses to Argentina, shambolic game against Japan and hapless NH tour of 2021. But even that dreadful team were able to put 50 points on Wales and beat them by 38. Much easier to “tear them to pieces” from the commentary box apparently. Ignored by virtually everyone is how good the ABs defence was. That is why England didn’t win, they simply could not score enough points against that defence. The ABs attack was very average, but their defence was world class and that’s what won them the game. Any Wales team that Biggar has ever played for would have found themselves in the same situation and would definitely not have scored tries from those cross kicks. That ABs team beats Biggar’s best Wales team 31 - 13. England’s attack was as good as it was allowed to be by a superior defence. Hats off to Hansen, he has picked up where MacLeod finally got the ABs to last year and not missed a step. England’s attack will be a big worry for Borthwick. They have not established a reliable, repeatable way to break teams down and score points. They were held to some very low scores by average teams in the 6N, and again here didn’t cross 20 points on either occasion. If I was an England fan I would be crying out for a new attack coach. Borthwick would do well to cast his net now, a poor home winter with a faltering attack will start the calls for his job.

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Thomas 1 hours ago
'Champions get up when they can't': Matt Williams weighs in on Ireland's win over Boks

While both teams have their particular positives, I think neither team should rest on their laurels. South Africa managed to tie a series against an uncomfortable opponent, that has had their numbers for a couple of years, while trial-running a completely new attack system, that still doesn’t work properly. But one aspect of “it doesn’t work yet” is a transition from attack to defense in broken play, as the Boks leaked three tries in two matches this way, and lost the second match as a result. Ireland avoided a series loss in a hostile environment, and in spite of many key player injuries, while managing to significantly improve and tighten their defense in game 2 (which demonstrates the breadth of their squad as well as their ability to adjust and recalibrate). At the same time, their own attack hadn’t amounted to much, either (save from exploiting the gaps in the Boks’ new system, gaps that won’t be there anymore in a few months’ time), and they haven’t found an answer to the Boks scrum, which almost costed them the 2nd match, if it hadn’t been for pretty much unrepeatable Frawley heroics. In the end, there isn’t much that separates those two sides … which is exactly what we knew before the series already. Back to the drawing board for both teams, the work only just begins for two teams with the highest ambition. Start of a cycle alright.

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