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Homer hoping for family link-up at Bath Rugby

Catapulted into the Aviva Premiership Rugby top two with Bath Rugby and handed the No.15 shirt from the outset, Tom Homer has plenty of reasons to be pleased with life.

And while the former London Irish full-back’s primary concern is aiding a title push he admits there is something else he would like to achieve – lining up alongside his little brother.

Homer arrived at the Rec looking for a change of scenery, after an injury-ravaged 18 months saw him make just nine Aviva Premiership Rugby appearances for the Exiles.

And he admits signing up with high-flying Bath brings plenty of exciting opportunities, including the chance to train with his brother, scrum-half Will.

The 19-year-old has caught the eye in this season’s LV= Cup and, not unlike his elder sibling, is more than a little useful off the kicking tee.

“It’s a bit weird seeing my little bro out in training,” said Homer, who made the switch from London Irish last week.

“He’s a great little player and it brings me back because we used to just muck around in the garden. If there is an opportunity to pull the shirt on at the same time, that will be a special moment.

“There is a big age difference, so the only time we have gone against each other is just in the garden or the park.

“He has got his own style and he is a pretty handy kicker – he will keep me on my toes.”

Homer’s debut on Sunday had its ups and downs. He kicked nine points and only Semesa Rokoduguni made more metres across the entire Aviva Premiership Rugby weekend, but Bath were beaten 34-24 by Saracens.

However, most importantly for the 24-year-old, he felt at the peak of his fitness – a rarity in the last two seasons – and Homer is relishing the challenge of hosting league leaders Northampton Saints this weekend.

“Fordy (head coach Mike Ford) said ‘go out and play your own game’ and I did that to the best of my ability,” he added. “It wasn’t the result we wanted but it was great to be amongst it with the boys.

“It was a little bit of a surprise to start the game considering the strength in depth of the squad and it was a great honour to play alongside all the boys in the back line.

“Bath like to play a great brand of rugby and they like to counter-attack and I had a fair bit of support, which gave me the confidence to have a crack.

“They are focused on their attack and there is a lot to learn about the Bath way – I’m just trying to learn a bit about that every day.”

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