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Bath Aiming High With Target Replacement For Mike Ford

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 30: Mike Ford, the Bath director of rugby looks on during the Aviva Premiership Final between Bath and Saracens at Twickenham Stadium on May 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

After what was a disappointing season, Bath parted ways with Mike Ford, and are now on the lookout for a replacement.

BATH, ENGLAND - MAY 23: George Ford of Bath celebrates with director of rugby Mike Ford during the Aviva Premiership Semi Final match between Bath Rugby and Leicester Tigers at Recreation Ground on May 23, 2015 in Bath, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

Bath finished 9th in the Premiership table, and failed to make it out of their pool in the European Challenge Cup. The club deemed enough was enough, and have cut Ford ahead of next season.

Today, The Telegraph are reporting that former South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer has emerged as the top target.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 03: Heyneke Meyer during the South African national rugby team Homecoming at OR Tambo International Airport on November 03, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Meyer led the Springboks to a famous victory over New Zealand in 2014, but that was as good as it got. A promising Rugby Championship did not translate into a successful World Cup, where they lost out to New Zealand in the semi-final.

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 28: Heyneke Meyer, Head Coach of South Africa in action during the South African national rugby team photo and captain's run at the Millennium Stadium on November 28, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

However, Meyer left the Springboks in good stead, as a young spine with the likes of Damian De Allende, Jesse Kriel, Handre Pollard, and Eben Etzebeth means that they will be one of the favourites for 2019.

Meyer was linked with the vacant director of rugby role at Harlequins last month before they opted to promote from within with John Kingston moving into the top job.

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