Bath have today confirmed the appointment of Todd Blackadder as director of rugby and Tabai Matson as head coach.
A former All Black captain, Blackadder has been in charge of the Crusaders since 2009 making the play-offs in all but one season but he has not been able to add to their eight Super Rugby title ending his reign with a quarter-final defeat to the Lions last weekend.
Matson has been Blackadder’s assistant coach since 2013.
The pair, who will arrive in the next few weeks, will be supported by the current first team coaches – Toby Booth and Darren Edwards – together with Stuart Hooper, with the trio continuing to run pre-season training in the meantime.
Blackadder said: “I’m really looking forward to joining Bath – they are an ambitious club, with some very talented players. They play attacking rugby, and have a clear vision of where they want to be. Tabai and I are really excited to be part of that and to develop it further over the coming seasons.”
Matson added: “Both Todd and I are eagerly anticipating joining Bath, and linking up with Toby, Darren and Stuart as well as the squad and wider team. There is a lot of knowledge in the team and a great squad of players. I can’t wait to link up with them and get started.”
Managing Director Tarquin McDonald commented: “We are delighted that Todd and Tabai will be joining the Club. They bring a wealth of experience and provide a great fit for the club in terms of what we want to achieve on the pitch, the way we want to play, and our desire to develop home grown talent.
“They are both excited about the opportunity to help shape the Club’s future, and they will work very well alongside our current First Team Coaches, Toby Booth and Darren Edwards, and Stuart Hooper.”
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