RE: Where Nick Koster is staying in Bath
November 20, 2012, 11:43:35
Nick and Flo don't get seduced by al this airy fairy stuff and come back home soon.
Bath is the most beautiful architectural city I have ever seen. It was founded and built by the Romans in 60 AD, with all the buildings having been constructed out of stone.
There are plenty of one-way streets and the layout is confusing when you first drive around the city. It took me half an hour to find the way to the rugby stadium, despite the irony of being able to see it the whole time.
The stadium is right in the middle of the city. It seats only about 15 000 people, which gives you the vibe of a Paarl Gym-Paarl Boishaai derby in South Africa. The atmosphere has to be experienced to be believed.
I am living in a castle with two other players and two of the coaches. Bath’s owner bought the castle and transformed it into a rugby facility. It includes a new gym and three rugby fields, one of which is astro-turf – probably for when the ground freezes!
As a kid, I always dreamed of playing professional rugby and I do remember dreaming, after watching Aladdin, of living in a castle. I never thought that was actually going to happen, but here I am, living in Farleigh House Castle!
I am really keen to get out and play my first game for Bath, but the conditioning coaches and physios over here are a lot more conservative than back home. They have agreed that I am ready to play, but are worried about the strength discrepancy between my legs. The significant strength difference increases the risk of injury, even if it’s the other leg due to over-compensation. I have been hugely impressed by the conditioning coaches and physios here. This knee is obviously going to be a permanent 'work on' in my weekly schedules from now on.