Bath skipper Stuart Hooper tells me that lifting silverware this season will mean little if he doesn’t eventually leave an enduring legacy of leadership at the club.
The lock forward, who is captaining Bath for a fourth successive season, turns 33 in November and admits to thinking about the kind of place he wants The Rec to be once he decides to hang up his boots.
“If I’ve left nothing behind it’s pointless,” says Hooper, who signed a one-year contract extension last season. “When I’ve gone, what’s left afterwards will be the true measure as to what I’ve done as captain.
“I want to leave players who are the next leaders.
“Four consecutive years is a huge honour and I’m hugely chuffed, but for me it’s about how good we can get this squad.
“A massive role for me is developing the leaders for now and for the future."