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Matson will return to New Zealand following the Premiership game against Northampton on September 15.

Bath have announced that head coach Tabai Matson is to leave the Aviva Premiership club for family reasons.

Bath said that Matson will return to New Zealand following their Premiership game against Northampton on September 15.

He linked up with Bath ahead of last season, joining his fellow New Zealander Todd Blackadder at the Recreation Ground following Blackadder’s appointment as rugby director. The pair had previously worked together at the Canterbury-based Crusaders.

“This has been an incredibly tough decision for me,” Matson said. “I have enjoyed every minute at Bath Rugby, and we have such a great group of players here who I believe will achieve great success.

“Ultimately, I have made the decision that as a family, we need to be at home in New Zealand, and I appreciate the club’s understanding.”

Blackadder heads up a senior coaching team at Bath of Matson, Toby Booth and Darren Edwards.

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