Bath Rugby can confirm that First Team Coach Neal Hatley will join the England Rugby coaching team at the end of the 2015/16 season.
Hatley arrived at Bath in 2012 from London Irish, the club for whom he made over 250 appearances as a loosehead prop. Since then, his status as one of the best forwards coaches in the game has continued to flourish.
“It’s been a real privilege to have been part of Bath Rugby these past four years,” said Hatley. “I’d like to thank my fellow coaches, players and staff for an unforgettable time, during which this team has reached some new heights. I’ll also never forget how great the Bath supporters have been, and I’m hoping we can give them more reason to cheer with two games remaining this season.”
Hatley reserved particular praise for players he has worked with at Bath: “Their hard work has afforded me this wonderful opportunity and I am extremely grateful to them for it.”
On joining England Rugby, Hatley said: “I’d like to thank Bath Rugby for their understanding and allowing me to take up this fantastic opportunity. Being asked by Eddie Jones to be part of the national team’s coaching staff is a real honour, and a special moment for me and my family. It’s a very exciting time to be involved with this young England team and for the game in this country.”
Head Coach Mike Ford added: “Neal’s work with our forwards has been exemplary, so it’s no great surprise that England have come calling. We’re really pleased for him, because it’s recognition of his four fantastic seasons of service to Bath Rugby. As a Club, we’ve now got a good opportunity to take a look out our coaching structure so that everything is in place ahead of a new campaign next season.”