Injuries provide chance for Grant at Bath

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Grant, who played the last of his 66 games for Otago in 2016 after returning from stints at Montpellier and Nottingham, and who captained the team to their first Ranfurly Shield victory since 1959 in 2013, returned to Bath but missed much of last season due to injury.

However, it is injury to British & Irish Lions No.8 Taulupe Faletau that has provided him with opportunities this season and he has been making an impact with the Todd Blackadder-coached side which included a Champions Cup win over French powerhouse Toulon at the weekend.

Grant, 30, told the Bath Chronicle, "I'm enjoying playing a fair bit at the moment and trying to make the most of my opportunities.

"When I came I didn't have too many expectations or set myself too many goals. I really enjoy being here, training with the boys."

Grant said he preferred playing at No.8 where he is often paired with Springbok blindside flanker Francois Louw.

"I like the balance of the role the No.8 has to do on the field.

"But, to be honest, there's not a lot of difference. I still jump in the same place in the lineout.

"Whatever number we've got on as loose forwards we try to get the best personnel for that particular job, whether that's lineout jumping or backfield play," he said.

One of the more eye-catching features of Grant's play is his speed which made him a useful Sevens player and it has been useful more than once for Bath.

"I pride myself on my support play and being close to the action when someone does make a break.

"We've got threats right across the park and I enjoy playing with the guys who are playing with confidence," he said.

Grant said he had put on some bulk with more muscle mass than he has previously carried and it had made him more effective in defence.

His Bath side have made more tackles in the Premiership and Champions Cup than any other side this season but he is looking forward to some relief.

"It's just part of our job but it would be good if we could either stop their phases earlier, so we don't have to make as many, or hold onto the ball more.

"We've talked about that as a team, but if they keep running at me, it's my job to tackle them," he said.

There's no immediate relief as Bath prepare to play Sale Sharks at the weekend.