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Todd Blackadder to leave Bath Rugby at end of season

Todd Blackadder will leave Bath Rugby at the end of the season. Credit: Bath Rugby / Twitter

Todd Blackadder will leave Bath Rugby at the end of the season to become head coach at Japanese side Toshiba.

Blackadder will step down from his role as Director of Rugby at the Premiership side following their final game of the season against Leicester on May 18.

In September, the 47-year-old signed a contract extension to stay at The Rec until the end of next season - with former club captain Stuart Hooper lined up as an eventual successor.

But after the New Zealander was granted an early release, it is unclear if Hooper remains in contention for the top job.

Blackadder takes a Bath Rugby training session. Credit: ITV News West Country

In a statement, Blackadder said it had been an “honour and a privilege” to lead the Blue, Black and White over the last three years.

It’s been an honour and a privilege to lead the Blue, Black and White for the past three years and I'm incredibly proud of what we have achieved.

It might not be silverware but together we have built strong foundations and I leave knowing that the best is absolutely yet to come.

Bath is a very special Club. I'd like to thank everyone, especially the players and all of the staff.

I also want to thank our supporters, even in the wind, rain and biting cold they are all at the Rec cheering us on. Thank you.

Our sights remain set on a top four finish and we are all intent on making this season our best one yet.

– Todd Blackadder

Bath Rugby said it will confirm the details of its new coaching structure in the coming weeks.