Wilson hails new Bath Rugby attacking coach Girvan Dempsey
Bath Rugby’s Jack Wilson has welcomed the introduction of new attacking coach Girvan Dempsey for transforming Bath’s attack ahead of the 2018-19 Gallagher Premiership season.
Dempsey, the former Leinster attacking coach, has experience working under the likes of Stuart Lancaster, Joe Schmidt and Michael Cheika and joined Bath ahead of the new campaign.
And New Zealand born winger Wilson believes the retired Ireland international has brought a fresh approach to the Somerset side.
“Girvan Dempsey since he has come in from Leinster has really helped us this pre-season with a lot more attacking structure,” said Wilson.
“We lost Tabai Matson last year and a few guys really stepped up in the backroom staff. I think it put a lot of pressure across the top coaches.
“We did really well to get into the top six last year to get us into the European Rugby Champions Cup and the introduction for Girvan this year has been brilliant for us.
“It has really given a new life to the team. When new coaches come in everyone has to up their game because it is a new set of eyes.”
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Ex-Saracens winger Wilson has seen his first team opportunities reduced in recent years with the success of Semesa Rokoduguni, Anthony Watson and Aled Brew.
But the 28-year-old had the chance to shine in the Premiership Rugby 7s Cup last weekend at Franklin’s Gardens as Bath narrowly bowed out the competition at the quarter-final stage to Harlequins.
A former New Zealand and England 7s international, Wilson scored once against Harlequins as several young stars made their name in Northampton – a feat that Wilson believes will only aid their cause under the new attacking coach Dempsey.
He said: “There’s a lot of competition, especially at Bath for outside centre, so it’s good to get a run around and get the body used to the fitness.
“For a lot of the guys here it’s a good shot to get their name on the page and be seen.
“Some of the younger lads have done themselves some huge favours in the long term and I am looking forward to seeing how they go in the coming seasons.
“Tom de Glanville has got some good skills and a lot of time on the ball. Levi Davis played really well today and is a hard-to-handle, stocky winger.
“You could go through the whole team and say that they have all put in some good shifts.”