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David Wilson aiming to end Bath Rugby season on high note


Prop David Wilson is a man on a mission during the final weeks of the Aviva Premiership Rugby season; desperate to right the wrongs and end Bath’s campaign on a high note.

The Rec outfit currently sit ninth in the table – 13 points outside the top six that would guarantee them European Rugby Champions Cup next season but Wilson says that Bath are refusing to throw in the towel.

Wilson and co have a game in hand – a double header against Sale Sharks this weekend and next – to close the gap.

Wilson – who was part of the Bath side that finished runners-up in the 2014-15 season – knows that the top six is now a difficult challenge but the 44-times capped England international refuted claims that attention was already turning to next season as Bath look to end their present campaign on a higher note.

"We're in a funny position at the moment; we just need to win as many games as we can going into next season. It's been a disappointing season," said Wilson, who was attending the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup event in Bath last weekend.

"It is frustrating this season and I don't think there is one clear answer as to why it hasn't gone as well as we would have liked. There are a lot of different cogs to it.

"We haven't been on the wrong side of the scoreline by huge amounts. I feel over a course of a lot of games, there have been a few points in it and that makes a difference in the year and that's where we are."

Since the end of the Six Nations, Bath's form has improved with their returning England stars like George Ford, Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson. And Wilson hopes that can continue as Bath look to rediscover their love of the game before the end of the campaign.

Personal motivation for Wilson also means he has not given up hope of an England re-call under Eddie Jones – particularly with the Australia summer tour in mind.

"I spoke to Eddie [Jones] earlier on in the season. Personally I don't think I had the greatest start to the season," he added.

"Obviously I wasn't involved much in the World Cup. I never really got match fit and then Henry [Thomas] was playing awesome rugby in front of me so I never got as good a chance as I could have to be fair.

"I'm just chomping at the bit, waiting to string a few games together and play well I guess.

"Eddie said that I might be involved in the summer tour. I'll see.

"I'm looking forward to a good off season, a good pre-season and then looking to come into next season firing on all cylinders."

Launched during the 2008-09 season, the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is the first national grassroots tournament officiated by Premiership Rugby and run in conjunction with all 12 clubs.

On Sunday, Bath Rugby hosted 20 local teams in their Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup, as more than 300 under-12 and under-11 players descended on Trowbridge Rugby Club.

In total, more than 7,000 children will participate over the course of the campaign as they go in search of a spot at Twickenham for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final on 28 May.

And Wilson was delighted to see the next generation of Bath Rugby stars on display at Trowbridge.

"The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is a great occasion, it's good to have so many teams playing rugby together," said Wilson.

"I remember when I was this age, I used to love playing in these tournaments. That was what it was all about.

"It was important to enjoy it and everyone I have spoken to is doing that today. Rugby at this level is so important. I've been impressed with what I have seen out there on the pitches.

"I have very fond memories from when I played rugby as a kid and these guys out there will be making their own memories.

"The chance to run out at Twickenham is a very special one and something that lives with you forever, no matter what your age, so it's very exciting for those players to play for that opportunity."

Land Rover is a proud supporter of grassroots rugby and has been a partner of the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup for nearly a decade. Land Rover's 'We Deal In Real' campaign continues to champion grassroots rugby through Premiership Rugby and the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup. @LandRover_UK #WeDealInReal

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