Louw Fits In

It has been good to see some more of the World Cup boys come back to the club this week.

As a new signing, I hadn’t met many of them yet, which was a bit weird nine weeks into the campaign and after eight weeks of pre-season.

Scrum-half Kyle Eastmond is someone who has come over from rugby league and is living very close to me in Bath. He seems a top bloke and comes highly-rated.

Samoan prop Anthony Perenise looks the part in the front row. A big, bruising guy with, as you expect, a serious amount of strength.

And South African flanker Francois Louw has already fitted in well.

He was here in pre-season but on his third or fourth day in the country, he was called up for the Springboks World Cup squad and left before we got to know him.

Well he is back with a bang. He was superb in our LV= Cup win over Worcester last weekend and seems to have slotted in seamlessly and has already bagged a man-of-the-match award.

He has also picked up plenty of ‘man points’ from the lads.

He took a shot from one of the Worcester players which flattened him - but he got up and played on.

He now has an absolutely massive black eye.

His first proper week at Bath contrasted greatly with mine a few months ago.

While Francois was walking around looking as hard as nails with a black eye during his, I made the lads an aubergine, mozzarella and tomato bake!

For some reason, it didn’t have quite the same impact.

We head to London Irish this weekend where Shontayne Hape will be facing his old club and playing opposite me if I am selected. It should be a good one.

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