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Cook impressed with Bath Rugby youngster Homer

Cook impressed with Bath Rugby youngster Homer

Micky Young may be heading back to the North East but judging by last weekend’s win at Harlequins, Chris Cook doesn’t expect the scrum-half competition to get any lighter at Bath Rugby.

Following a loan spell with London Welsh last season, Cook has emerged as Bath’s go-to No.9 during this campaign – often leaving Young and Peter Stringer waiting in the wings.

It was announced this week that Young will make the switch to Newcastle Falcons this summer, a move that may have allowed Cook a little more room to breathe.

But that’s not the way he sees it after watching 19-year-old Will Homer pull the strings at the Stoop on Saturday, kicking ten points to help keep Bath’s LV= Cup semi-final hopes intact.

“Speaking from a nine point of view I thought Will Homer was really good and (fly-half) Rory Jennings stepped up as well,” he said.

“He (Homer) is a really good, hungry young nine and he has got his goal kicking as well – that’s just another string to his bow, which is a fantastic skill to have.

“I think it just proves our strength in depth at the moment – we have got a good academy here. It was a fantastic win and for the guys to go to the Stoop and get a victory there was massive.

“Harlequins are very similar, they have got a great academy system and they bring the young guys through really well but they had Nick Evans – a former All Black – playing and it was really impressive from our guys.

“For us to still be involved in the competition is fantastic and it is a compliment to our strength in depth. No matter what team we are fielding, we are really playing a good brand of rugby.”

And that is not all Cook will have to compete with after the summer, with Fijian international scrum-half Niko Matawalu set to join from Glasgow Warriors.

However, after he put pen to paper earlier this week for a new contract, Cook is not concerned that he is in danger of being replaced.

“He’s another good scrum-half,” added Cook. “He’s a bit different – very dynamic and quick and scores a lot of tries.

“I want to play in that nine shirt no matter who I’m competing against and I will just keep working hard to make that happen.

“I am really happy to have signed a new deal, which will take me to eight years at the club at the end of that. I’m a Bath boy and I grew up here, watching down the Rec with Andy Robinson coaching and stuff like that.

“I wasn’t maybe expecting to play as much as I have at the start of the season but I’m just taking each week as it comes.”

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