Stuart Hooper: Ex-Bath captain confirmed as director of rugby

Stuart Hooper
Former lock Stuart Hooper played for Bath between 2007 and 2016 and has since been part of the club's coaching staff

Bath have confirmed that former captain Stuart Hooper will become director of rugby as part of a new coaching team.

Hooper, 37, replaces Todd Blackadder, who had been with the club since 2016.

Neal Hatley will return as forwards and defence coach after helping England at the World Cup, while Luke Charteris is to become a specialist line-out coach.

"We are building a system based on who we are, how we play, how we train, and how we develop," said chief executive Tarquin McDonald.

"We will always be judged on the 80 minutes each weekend, but the level of rigour that surrounds the design of our rugby department and training programme is what we believe will deliver consistent performances and successful results."

Meanwhile, Girvan Dempsey is to continue in his role as attack and backs coach and Andy Rock has been confirmed in the role of performance director.

Bath are sixth in the Premiership table after beating Wasps 29-17 on Sunday.