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Finn Russell: “There is definitely something building”

Bath Rugby are just 80 minutes away from their first Premiership title in over 20 years, but even if they lose, Finn Russell believes a project is building at the Rec. 

Two years ago, the West Country giants finished bottom of the Premiership, but the introduction of Johann van Graan has completely changed the fortunes of the club.

Bath claimed a top eight finish in the last play of the 2022/2023 season, and have only kicked on from there. They ended this regular season second in the table, but joint on points with Northampton Saints, and downed a red-hot Sale to reach their first final since 2015.

Whilst they will, of course, be hoping to cap off this season with some silverware; box-office new signing Finn Russell is confident this is only the start for his team.

“This is why I signed to come here,” said Russell. “With the recruitment that Johann has made, and getting to know him as a person, there is definitely something building.”

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He added: “We’ve got to the final this year, hopefully we can go on and win it, but I think that just shows what’s possible for us. Some people might say this is a little ahead of where we thought we’d be, but I think with the group that we’ve got here it’s not. We’ve achieved what we have this season already, so I’m looking forward to the next two seasons.”

“I’m really excited for them after this big season,” he continued. “We’ll see how it goes over the next two years but I’m happy with how it’s been this year and how it’s going.”

Finn Russell and Bath teammates celebrate-Credit: IMAGO

Finn Russell and Bath teammates celebrate-Credit: IMAGO

The Johann van Graan revolution has also seen the likes of Ollie Lawrence, Ted Hill and Thomas du Toit join the club, and next season Guy Pepper, Ross Moloney and Francois van Wyk are also on their way to the Rec.

This title would mean so much to the club, after years of hurt, but you get the feeling there is definitely special something building at Bath.

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