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Bath Set To Move For Wallaby Centre After Signing Robbie Fruean

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Todd Blackadder, the Bath director of rugby catches the ball during the warm up during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Bath at Franklin's Gardens on September 3, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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Todd Blackadder has wasted little time in putting his own stamp on the Bath squad.

Although Bath may have not been in need of a compete rebuild following Mike Ford’s departure, their squad never really had a balanced feel to it last season.

Under Ford, Bath seemed to be collecting quality backrow players, but failed to add depth to their backline. This had a negative effect on the club during the international breaks, as Ford was without the likes of George Ford, Jonathan Joseph, Anthony Watson, Semesa Rokoduguni, and on occasion, Rhys Priestland.

Todd Blackadder is beginning to address this issue, first by signing Robbie Fruean and now identifying seven times capped Wallaby international Ben Tapuai as a potential target.

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According to the Bath Chronicle, Blackadder is open to signing Tapuai, provided “he’s back on the market”.

The Western Force centre is suited to the game plan the former Canterbury coach is trying to implement at the Rec. With an ability to play at both 12 and 13, Tapuai is seen as a second playmaker with an ability to move the ball wide quickly.

The Australian international also possesses a big left boot that would ideally complement the right footed Ford and Priestland.

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena



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