Bath Rugby announce Todd Blackadder will join as Director of Rugby with fellow Kiwi Tabai Matson following him to the Rec as Head Coach.
A former All Black captain, Blackadder has been in charge of the Super Rugby franchise, the Crusaders, since 2009, taking them to four Super Rugby semi-finals and two finals in that time. They have become well known for their attractive style of rugby, something the powers the be at the Rec will hope he can restore at Bath. Under his stewardship, the Crusaders made play-offs in all but one season.
Blackadder has experience of rugby in the UK having played and then coached at Edinburgh between 2001 - 2005.
Tabai Matson who has served as Blackadder’s assistant coach since 2013 will also head to Bath as Head Coach. A specialist attack and backs coach, Fijian Matson led Canterbury to their fifth consecutive ITM Cup as Head Coach in 2012. Since May 2015 he has been attack coach for the Fiji national side, including at last year’s Rugby World Cup.
Blackadder and Matson will arrive in the next few weeks following the end of the 2016 Super Rugby campaign and will be supported by the current First Team Coaches – Toby Booth and Darren Edwards - together with recently retired Captain Stuart Hooper, with the trio continuing to run pre-season training in the meantime.