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Dan Bowden confident Bath Rugby will turn the corner

New signing Dan Bowden believes Bath Rugby will have no problems coping with the absence of their international stars during the Six Nations despite a run of four consecutive defeats in all competitions.

Bath have not tasted victory in 2016, with their last win coming in the Aviva Premiership Rugby contest against Worcester Warriors on December 27.

Mike Ford will be without the likes of George Ford and Ollie Devoto due to their international commitments in the coming weeks.

But New Zealander Bowden, who joined Bath earlier this month from Super Rugby franchise Auckland Blues, is not concerned as he insists their slump in form is down to the players failing to realise their potential, rather than a lack of quality.

Bowden, who has had spells with Aviva Premiership Rugby sides Leicester Tigers and London Irish in the past, said: “We have lost quite a few internationals but we have great depth so all the players who do get their chance will be desperate to play well.

“I'm just doing what I can at the moment to get my opportunity; I'm not sure what position I'll be in yet, 10 or 12.

“I just want to do what I've been brought here to do and hopefully that can go a long way to helping our side.

“We've got some quality players that have gone away and it's our job to do the best we can.

“I haven't been able to play any games as I wasn't registered for Europe, but this is a good opportunity for me now.

“Bath is a great place to be, on and off the field, and I think we have a massive amount of potential which we are just trying to realise after the highs or last year.”

Bowden is set for his Bath debut when they travel to Aviva Premiership Rugby leaders Saracens on Saturday.

And although last weekend’s 19-14 loss to Toulon in the European Champions Cup was their fourth defeat on the spin, it provided the 29-year-old with confidence that his new side’s form is set to improve.

Bowden said: “I think you have to take the positives from games like that, obviously with Toulon being three-time champions of Europe.

“The game was very close both times, and I know it's a cliché but the close margins cost us as there were very little differences between the teams.

“We can take some comfort from the fact that we are not far away at all.

"Obviously I was not involved in the last few games so I've not felt any pressure at all as yet, but the rest of the boys are not showing the effects either.

“We are strong enough to believe in what we are doing, and we just need to ride out this rough patch.”
 

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