Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Dunn and Ewels commit to Bath Rugby

Charlie Ewels and Tom Dunn have renewed their contracts with Bath Rugby, in a move which sees the duo make the step up from the Academy to the senior squad from the 2015/16 season.

Ewels, 19, has enjoyed a meteoric rise this season which has seen the England U20s lock captain the first team and make his starting debut for the Club against none other than European giants Toulouse.

Hooker Dunn, 22, has 22 senior appearances under his belt for Bath, including an eye-catching performance in last season's Amlin Challenge Cup Final against Northampton Saints.
Academy Director Danny Grewcock said: "I'm really pleased for Charlie and Tom because they've represented the Academy and the Club well when they've been given the opportunity in the first team, and they've been rewarded for that. They're shining examples to the other Academy players who will be playing in the Aviva A League and the LV= Cup this season."

"These two players have shown how to make the step up to the first team," Bath Rugby Head Coach Mike Ford added. "Their progress and development is indicative of how well our Academy system is working. They'll have big roles to play within the Club in the years to come."

Ewels said: "This season has given me more than I could have hoped for. My experiences in the first team, including making my first start for Bath in the Champions Cup, have only strengthened my resolve to be the best player I can be and push for a starting place. This Club is the best place for me to develop and I really feel Bath Rugby is heading in an exciting direction."

"As an Academy player the end goal is getting a spot in Bath's senior squad, so I'm really happy the hard work has paid off," said Dunn. "I look forward to repaying the faith the Club has shown in me."

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Monday, 26 January 2015

Fearns called up for Saxons

Bath Rugby flanker Carl Fearns has been called up to the England Saxons squad to face Ireland Wolfhounds in Cork on Friday.

Fearns, whose impact as a ball-carrier was felt in Bath's tense victory against Glasgow Warriors on Sunday, replaces the injured Tom Croft. The 25-year-old adds to the 11 Bath players already included in the Senior and Saxons squads last week.

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Friday, 23 January 2015

Bath Rugby team to face Glasgow Warriors

15 Anthony Watson
14 Horacio Agulla
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Matt Banahan
10 George Ford
9 Chris Cook
1 Paul James
2 Rob Webber
3 Dave Wilson
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dominic Day
6 Matt Garvey
7 Francois Louw
8 Leroy Houston


16 Ross Batty
17 Nick Auterac
18 Henry Thomas
19 Dave Attwood
20 Carl Fearns
21 Peter Stringer
22 Ollie Devoto
23 Sam Burgess

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Mike Ford: "Positive" talks have started with Stuart Hooper and Chris Cook over new contracts

"Positive” talks are under way at Bath Rugby to ensure club captain Stuart Hooper and in-form scrum-half Chris Cook turn out in the blue, black and white next season.

Both are coming to the end of their contracts and both are firmly part of head coach Mike Ford’s plans for what is becoming a very tasty looking squad for 2015/16.


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Day remains with Bath Rugby

Second row Dominic Day has renewed his contract with Bath Rugby, the Club can confirm.

Day joined the West Country outfit from Scarlets in 2012, and is now approaching his 80th appearance in the Blue, Black and White. He has played a crucial role in Bath's dominant pack this season, impressing the coaches with his tenacious workrate.

Bath Rugby Head Coach Mike Ford said: "We're really pleased Dom is staying on with us. His skillset is very high and he has an excellent work ethic. We're excited that he can get even better, which is what we're all striving for as an organisation."

"The level of support we have here in the city is unbelievable, which makes staying so easy," says Day, who starred in Sunday's stunning victory in Toulouse. "I feel at home in Bath. It's an exciting time for the Club, and we're a really close team that want to keep progressing and improving, which results this season have shown."

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Friday, 16 January 2015

Bath Rugby team to face Toulouse

15. Anthony Watson
14. Horacio Agulla
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Chris Cook
1. Paul James ( c )
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Dominic Day
5. Dave Attwood
6. Matt Garvey
7. Francois Louw
8. Leroy Houston


16. Ross Batty
17. Nick Auterac
18. Henry Thomas
19. Stuart Hooper
20. Carl Fearns
21. Peter Stringer
22. Ollie Devoto
23. Olly Woodburn

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Monday, 12 January 2015

Joseph commits to Bath Rugby

Jonathan Joseph has committed his future to Bath Rugby, renewing his contract with the West Country Club.

One of the form players of the Aviva Premiership, Joseph has scored seven tries in 15 games in the opening stages of the 2014/15 season. He has thrived in the attack-minded Bath back line, forming an elusive, dynamic partnership with Kyle Eastmond.

His piercing runs, impactful breaks and strong defence have been noticed just as much as his nose for the try line, with the 23 year old earning a call-up to Stuart Lancaster's England squad as injury cover ahead of this year's QBE Autumn Internationals.

"I feel I've really developed as a player since I've been here at Bath," said Joseph. "With the help of the great coaches here I've added more elements to my skillset, so I definitely wanted to stay here."

Head Coach Mike Ford added: "JJ is an incredibly talented young player, who is on the brink of breaking into the England squad, and deservedly so. He has been on fantastic form for us, providing a real threat in our back line and his defence is international class too. He's matured as a player over the last year or so, and we're delighted he's staying with us."

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Friday, 9 January 2015

Bath Rugby team to face Wasps

15 Anthony Watson
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Sam Burgess
11 Matt Banahan
10 George Ford
9 Chris Cook
1 Nick Auterac
2 Ross Batty
3 Henry Thomas
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dave Attwood
6 Matt Garvey
7 Francois Louw
8 Leroy Houston


16 Rob Webber
17 Paul James
18 Dave Wilson
19 Dom Day
20 Carl Fearns
21 Peter Stringer
22 Ollie Devoto
23 Olly Woodburn

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Wales international Priestland joins Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby is delighted to confirm that Wales international fly-half Rhys Priestland will be joining the Club next season.

The 27-year-old joins Bath from Scarlets, for whom he is closing in on 150 appearances. In Priestland’s time at the West Wales region, he has scored over 1000 points.

Priestland, who has 32 caps for his country, burst onto the international scene in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, where he steered Wales to their first semi-final since 1987.

“My entire rugby career has been spent in Wales and, although I’ve enjoyed that time enormously, I need a new challenge,” said the 27-year-old from Carmarthen. “I’ve been really impressed watching Bath develop over the past couple of years into one of the most exciting teams in the country. It’s a world-class organisation in every sense, including the players, coaching staff and facilities.”

Mike Ford, Head Coach of Bath Rugby, said: “Rhys is a fantastic player with an impressive pedigree: his record with Scarlets and Wales speaks for itself. He’s got a wide range of talents that suit our game plan and he’ll make a great addition to our squad. He’s still quite a young guy, but one with a lot of experience that will be really valuable, especially in the development of our younger players.”

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