Last month Bath Rugby gave fans an eye’s view of fullback Tom Homer‘s play from the Bath squad’s team run throughs.
On Wednesday Bath released another video giving us a different eye’s view on the game, with Bath’s young number 8 Zach Mercer this time the man with the camera.
Mercer, who has been thrust into the limelight this season for Bath, is an U-20 World Cup winner and a member of the current England U-20 squad for the 2016/17 season.
After an unfortunate injury ruled Taulupe Faletau out of the start of Bath’s season following the first round of Aviva Premiership fixtures, Mercer has been the man most in charge of the number 8 Jersey for the West Country club and has really made the most of it.
According to Bath’s official website Mercer stands at an impressive 6′ 3″ and weighs 105kg despite being only 19 years old. He is quite the young athlete as proven by his performances for Bath so far this season. He has been one of a number of young talents getting substantial game time this season in a Bath squad ravaged by injury and internationals unavailability.
This game time has already seen lock Charlie Ewels receive his first England cap last weekend against Fiji having been able to showcase his abilities to England boss Eddie Jones and should Mercer continue on the same trajectory as the former England U-20 captain then in a couple of years it would not be surprising to see the young 8 gain some senior caps himself.
Although the camera angles on this video are not as eye-opening as Homer’s previous efforts, often showing images of the floor (presumably as a result of a low body angle going into contact and during rucks), it does offer some insight into the positioning on the field Mercer has to take up during games and his roles and responsibilities during a match.
Highlights include an eye’s view of what it must feel like to have the very large Matt Banahan running towards you and, for those of us who have always been in the backs, it also gives us an insight into what it’s like being lifted in the lineout, often deemed by many backs as the most fun looking element of playing in the pack.
Hamish Milner, Pundit Arena
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