Fixtures - Top Bar

Devoto hoping to take centre stage for Bath Rugby

The versatile Ollie Devoto has filled in all over the Bath Rugby back line over the last couple of seasons.

But after shining at inside centre last weekend in his side’s dismantling of Newcastle Falcons in Aviva Premiership Rugby, the 21-year-old hopes he has finally found his calling.

Full-back and fly-half have been where Devoto has predominantly plied his trade for the Rec outfit since breaking into the side back in the 2012/13 season.

Indeed while George Ford was on England duty during the Six Nations this year, Devoto filled in at No.10 for Mike Ford’s side who are pushing for the top four with three rounds to go.

But a man of the match showing at Kingston Park last Friday night was with the No.12 shirt on his back and while he has England international Kyle Eastmond as a rival for that position, Devoto is hoping to take his chances when they come.

“It has been frustrating but as a young player you have to learn to deal with not always being in the team,” he said.

“I have been very fortunate over the last couple of years to play in a lot of games, injuries and things like that have opened up a window for me.

“And as a young player I have been fortunate to be able to play in a few different positions as well.

“But I would like to start to nail down a position now and I feel that position is inside centre.

“I was a fly-half at school and when I first came into the Bath team I was a full-back but 12 is a nice mix of those two skillsets.

“From my point of view it’s great to be involved with the guys. To be playing around guys like George (Ford) and JJ (Jonathan Joseph) in that set-up is fantastic for me.

“I didn’t really expect to be involved against Newcastle but Kyle took a bit of a knock during the week and I was absolutely ecstatic to be playing.”

Devoto has appeared in 18 league games this season but only ten of those have been starts. The pairing of Eastmond and Joseph has predominantly held sway, with Sam Burgess also vying for playing time in midfield.

Learning off someone like Eastmond in training has been a huge boost for Devoto, who burst over for a try of his own and produced a lovely delayed ball on the gain line to put Anthony Watson clear for another at Kingston Park.

And after being overlooked for the matchday squad that lost to Leinster in the European quarter-final the weekend before, Devoto was delighted with his own contribution.

“We knew it was going to be tough up there, it’s a quick surface and they fought and countered hard and we managed to keep them at arm’s length all game,” he added.

“To get back to winning ways was massive for the team, the lads were absolutely gutted about the loss in Dublin.

“They say that competition brings the best out of you and I certainly think that has been the case with me, I go into every game that I play knowing that I have to be at my very best or else I will be out the team again.

“Kyle is a class act, he has played for England a lot recently and his skillset in attack is fantastic.

“He takes the ball to the line and that is something that I have really been working and hopefully getting better at.”

Tickets to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final are selling faster than this time last year so with just three rounds to go, now's the time to click here to book your place at the world's biggest club rugby final

Latest News

Owen Farrell wary of Glasgow Warriors threat

Revenge for the RBS 6 Nations may be on the minds of Glasgow Warriors’ players when they visit Saracens in…

Biyi Alo: Worcester Warriors cannot afford to take foot off the gas

Worcester Warriors prop Biyi Alo believes his side must continue to look up the table ahead of their Aviva Premiership…

Jacob Rowan, Billy Vunipola, Christian Wade and Jeremy Thrush star in OPTA Rugby Rankings

Saracens No.8 Billy Vunipola was back to his rampaging best in his club’s crucial Aviva Premiership Rugby victory over Bath…

Referee appointments for EPCR quarter-finals

It is not only Aviva Premiership Rugby’s playing stars that will be under the spotlight this weekend in the European…

Six exciting prospects join Harlequins Academy for 2017/18 season

Harlequins is today (Wednesday 29th March) proud to announce that six members of the Club's victorious U18s side will join…

Twickenham Stoop

Denny Solomona; “I’ve been here three years and it’s the choice I want to make”

Sale Sharks flying winger Denny Solomona is now eligible to play for England after receiving notification from the RFU. Speaking…

Denny Solomona

Saints community coaching helps Royal Latin reach Twickenham

This afternoon the first team from Buckingham’s Royal Latin School will be running out at Twickenham, thanks to the coaching…

Italy prop Michele Rizzo agrees new deal with Leicester Tigers

Italy international prop Michele Rizzo has agreed a new contract with Leicester Tigers. Rizzo has returned from injury to take…

Michele Rizzo

Former Scotland skipper Andy Nicol looks ahead to exciting Champions Cup clashes

As an ex-Glasgow Warrior Andy Nicol is delighted to see the Scotstoun outfit side reach the quarter-finals of the Champions…

RFU Disciplinary Hearing: Bryce Heem

The charge against Bryce Heem of Worcester Warriors for tackling the jumper in the air, contrary to law 10.4(i), was…

Bryce Heem

Saracens to thank Emergency Services at Derby Day

Saracens are offering complimentary tickets to any member of the London Emergency Services for the upcoming Derby Day clash against…

Wembley

Champions Cup semi-final venues announced

BT Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Dublin’s Aviva Stadium and Franklin’s Gardens in Northampton, as well as three French stadiums – the Allianz…

Fly-half Josh Lewis signs for Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby is delighted to welcome fly-half Josh Lewis, who will join the Club from Ebbw Vale for the 2017/18…

Josh Lewis

Don Armand targeting big final push with Exeter Chiefs

Don Armand insists Exeter Chiefs will make the most of time off to ensure they are in fine fettle for…

Don Armand

RFU Disciplinary: Bryce Heem

Bryce Heem of Worcester Warriors will appear before an RFU Disciplinary panel this evening charged with tackling the jumper in…

Gloucester Rugby respond to rumours regarding Carl Fearns

Gloucester Rugby have today responded to a story in the French press alleging that Carl Fearns will not be joining…

Kingsholm