Matt Banahan: Bath winger revels in 150 appearance landmark

Matt Banahan

Bath's Matt Banahan has targeted further appearance landmarks for the Premiership club, with the winger set to play his 150th game.

The England international, 26, could reach the milestone in Saturday's Amlin Challenge Cup game against Mogliano.

He will become one of three current Bath players to surpass 150 - joining Nick Abendanon and Stuart Hooper.

"Hopefully I can stay fit and get up to 200," Banahan, capped 16 times for his country, told BBC Radio Bristol.

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Winger Banahan targets Bath legacy

Born in Jersey, Banahan came through London Irish's academy set-up before joining Bath in 2006.

He made his Premiership debut against Worcester Warriors on 15 September 2007 and finished that term as the club's top try-scorer with 16.

His first season in the senior squad was capped off with the club's first trophy in 10 years - the European Challenge Cup.

Banahan continued: "In the era I came in, we had five players on over 200 appearances. The culture those boys brought to the club is massive.

"I was lucky to learn from that and now it's flipped on its head and I'm one of the old eggs."

Before rugby turned professional in 1996, Bath had won six domestic league titles and 10 cup competitions, but they have not won any silverware since their Challenge Cup victory against Worcester.

But with the club currently third in the Premiership and top of their Challenge Cup and LV= Cup pools, Banahan is hoping he can end their drought.

"The culture of the club is being made into a new one but we'll always remember the past; the era of Stuart Barnes, Jeremy Guscott, Jon Callard.

"You've got to remember them as they are the guys that made this club what it is.

"Hopefully we can start getting it back to how it was back then and we can be those names people talk about in 20 years."

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