Stephen Donald wants to bring back Bath 'glory days'

New Zealand fly-half Stephen Donald says he wants to help Bath recapture their "glory days".

The 27-year-old signed a two-year deal with the Premiership club in the summer and made his debut in the Heineken Cup defeat by Glasgow on Sunday.

"They're very ambitious. I'd love to contribute to help Bath get where they want to get," he told BBC Points West.

"I just want to play good footie and get Bath back to the glory days they so passionately crave."

Bath have not won a domestic title since the 1995-96 season and have now gone three years without claiming a piece of silverware.

"I don't know a lot about the English scene but Bath's a big, famous club," Donald continued.

"I remember as a kid they used to have those Bath versus Wigan cross-code games. Bath's a name that the general New Zealand rugby public know of, whereas a lot of the other clubs are not well known. And with Sir Ian [McGeechan] here, it's got more high profile."

When Donald agreed his move to the Premiership he was playing for Super 15 side Chiefs and was low down the pecking order in the All Blacks squad.

He was left out of Graham Henry's initial World Cup plans but received a call in the latter stages of the competition after injuries to Dan Carter and Colin Slade.

And Donald went on to become an unlikely hero as he kicked what turned out to be the winning penalty in the final against France.

But he is quick to play down the hype: "I don't take much notice of what's going on in the outside world so I'll be fine.

"I don't get carried away with all the hype in the press world. I'm no star attraction. There's the English captain [here] and people like that so they are the stars. I'm just slipping in the back door."

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