FORMER Dorchester player Ethan Staddon has become the youngest player to make a Premiership appearance for Bath Rugby.

The 18-year-old, who plays back row, made his debut live on BT Sport on Saturday helping Bath to their first win of the season.

Staddon replaced Ruaridh McConnochie in the 68th minute of Bath's 33-17 victory over Worcester Warriors.

Staddon is the second former Dorchester player to made his Premiership debut as a part of the Bath side, with Orlando Bailey making his first appearance in September.

In a post-match interview, Staddon spoke about how it felt to have broken the record for the youngest player to play for the club, and accredited Dorchester Rugby Club for much of his success.

He said: "It was such an honour to go on and I feel very lucky to be given the opportunity at this age.

"It feels pretty surreal to be the youngest player to have played for the club. There were nerves but it's a game of rugby at the end of the day so I just stuck to my process and tried to enjoy the moment.

"I have to credit my former coach Mike Sprules at Dorchester and all the time spent putting the hours in under the floodlights in training games - I have to give Dorchester Rugby Club a lot of credit."

When asked if he had a message for the current crop of Dorchester junior players, Staddon said: "Keep at it guys, do the simple things well and the world is your oyster."

Staddon is expected by many to have a bright future in the sport ahead of him. He has two caps for England under his belt at under 18s level.

Staddon began his rugby journey at the age of eight at Bridport RFC, before joining Dorchester at the under 14s stage and progressing through the academy - he then went on to captain the Dorset under 16s side.

Bath currently sit at 6th in the table after 3 matches and now look forward to their match against Welsh outfit, Scarlets, in the European Rugby Champions Cup this Saturday, December 12.