Bath Rugby accessory loaned, latest hooker injury


Bath Rugby free stalwart Will Vaughan has joined the Jersey Reds championship squad for the remainder of the season to ease their injury crisis and gain much-needed playing time.

Vaughan, 22, immediately joined the Channel Islands squad and will likely play this weekend against Hartpury, joining teammates Darren Atkins and Max Green at the club with two more games to play in the second tier regular season.

Vaughan has been with Bath Rugby roster since the age of 14 and made his Premiership debut at 20, scoring a try against the London Irish in May 2018.

Bath Rugby Director Stuart Hooper said: “Will is another of our young players whose playing time has been limited due to the loss of the Premiership Rugby Cup and Shield.

“He has the opportunity to enjoy a new environment for a few weeks and we hope he can gain a lot from this experience.”

Vaughan comes out a week after hooker Tom Doughty returned from his loan at the Coventry Championship side with Bath losing Tom Dunn on suspension to a red card and Jack Walker to injury.

Academy hooker Doughty made his Gallagher Premiership debut on Friday night as South African Jacques du Toit was seriously injured in the loss to Sale Sharks last weekend.

Du Toit left the pitch sitting on a stretcher with five players carrying the big frontrower away, leaving the club to face additional pressure in the specialist position with three league games to go.

Speaking after the game at Somerset Live, Hooper said: “We picked up some nasty injuries tonight, with the physicality of these games, I guess that’s still the case.

“I don’t know how the players are doing, we’ll find out more when they get back from the hospital.”

Discussing Doughty’s debut, with the hooker successfully completing 16 rosters – a Premiership high in Round 19 – Hooper said: “I think Tom embodied the feeling of the guys today he got stuck.

“His alignment was perfect, his physicality was perfect and he works so hard.

“It’s an emotional night for him because he worked so hard to get this opportunity and he’s the one who works every day to put the hard work into it.

“Sometimes when you’re a fourth-choice whore your opportunities are scarce, but tonight I felt he had grabbed it.



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Jersey Reds rugby manager Harvey Biljon said: “We are happy to be able to bring in a player of Will’s caliber from a top club.

“He’s a young prop with a lot of potential and I think he will benefit from a change of environment in the short term and the chance to play competitive rugby.”

Bath is certainly making good use of the loan market to give players an experience with center Will Butt tying a Coventry Rugby Championship record in their victory over Jersey Reds this weekend as the 21-year-old scored four of his team’s five tries at the Santander Stadium. International.


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