Thursday, 8 October 2015

Bath Rugby hope to increase capacity at The Rec

Bath Rugby is renewing its commitment to the city with plans to improve facilities and increase capacity at The Rec.

The club is preparing to apply for a four-year temporary consent to continue with the existing arrangements for the North and South Stands as well as the East Stand.

But to help improve match day for fans the club wants to make changes to the facilities and seating at the West Stand.

The alterations would increase capacity from 13,500 to 14,500 ready for the 2016/17 season.

The club wants to remove the existing seats at the West Stand and replace them with a temporary structure. the change would also create a new concourse with toilets, bars and food outlets.

The back wall of the West Stand would remain but the roof would be raised by three metres.

Managing director Tarquin McDonald said they while Bath Rugby continued to work with stakeholders on its long-term plans for The Rec the club wanted to make match day as enjoyable as possible for fans.


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Sam Burgess committed to union but as a flanker, insists Mike Ford

Sam Burgess has committed his future to rugby union for the next four years but "knows" it will be as a flanker not a centre, according to his Bath coach Mike Ford.

Rugby league convert Burgess has come in for some criticism since England's early departure from the Rugby World Cup, having started the Pool A defeat to Wales.

There have even been suggestions that the 26-year-old is ready to return to league with Leeds Rhinos.

However, his club coach has refuted those claims, insisting he is determined to make a success of his union career -- although not where he has been used by his country.

"Proving he is an international back-rower is the big challenge now for Sam," Ford told The Times.

"He's always been a No.6 for us, no question. We've talked about next time the England squad gets selected, his goal's got to be to be there as a six.

"The last conversation I had with him, he was going to extend his contract with us and he wanted to go for the next World Cup. He is going to play for us for the next few years. He loves rugby union, he is settled in Bath and he knows he is a six.

"He said to me, 'I know I am a six.' He enjoys being a six, he enjoys the game better because he is more involved."

Burgess returns to Bath next week, and Ford is certain he can prove his quality in a run of games that sees the Aviva Premiership club play Toulon, Leinster, Leicester, Northampton and Wasps.

He said: "If he can play six in those games, against the best in Europe, I am sure England will have a look at him in that role. I am sure he'll break into the international squad as a six."



Bath Rugby is unveiling plans for a temporary scheme at the Rec, which aims to improve facilities and increase capacity in time for the start of the 2016 / 2017 season. The plans will be shared at a public exhibition at the Guildhall on Friday October 16th, and the Rec on Saturday October 17th.

The Club has not been able to progress the permanent solution for the redevelopment of the Rec, as consulted on in 2013, whilst the Rec Ground Trust which owns the site has sought to clarify its rights with regard to the operation of the site. As an interim solution, the Club will be applying for a four-year temporary consent to continue with the existing configurations of the North and South Stands as well as the Seasonal East Stand. In addition, Bath Rugby also seek to improve the facilities and seating of the West Stand, which would bring the overall capacity of the Rec from 13,500 to approximately 14,500.

Built in 1954, the current West Stand is in extremely poor condition and is reaching the end of its design life. The enhancement of the West Stand would involve the retention of the back wall which faces the riverside. The existing seats would be replaced with a temporary structure which would provide a better experience for supporters - including improved sight lines, more leg room, and enhanced toilet facilities.

Tarquin McDonald, Managing Director, Bath Rugby said: “Bath Rugby remain committed to finding a long-term permanent solution at the Rec, providing world-class facilities in the centre of Bath, which can be used by all. The Club is bringing all the temporary applications at The Rec together, including the proposed new temporary West Stand, to provide clarity for the next four years. This will give us the time to work with all the key stakeholders within the City – including our near neighbours - to find the best solution for the City."

"In the meantime we wish to provide our supporters with the best possible experience and we feel the proposals including the new temporary West Stand will provide much needed improvements to the facilities. In addition, the new temporary stand would also provide increased capacity so more people can enjoy watching rugby at the Rec, together with the significant knock-on benefit for the local economy of additional spend in local restaurants, shops and hotels.”

The Public Exhibition will be on Friday October 16th at The Guildhall (Brunswick Room – 1pm -7pm) and Saturday October 17th (The Recreation Ground - 12 noon–4pm).

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Burgess committed to union say Bath

Bath coach Mike Ford has rejected claims Sam Burgess will walk away from rugby union and return to league after the World Cup. Burgess won the NRL Grand Final with South Sydney Rabbitohs before switching codes in his ultimately successful bid to force his way into England’s World Cup squad.
However, Burgess has been dropped completely for England’s Pool A clash with Uruguay following their World Cup elimination and there have been reports he is set to return to league, with former side South Sydney and Super League outfit Leeds Rhinos mooted as potential destinations.

Ford says the speculation is wide of the mark and claims Burgess is committed to union and is eager to star in the Six Nations in 2016, with the next World Cup in 2019 a long-term target.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has used Burgess as a centre but Ford feels the 26-year-old’s future is as a flanker.
He told the BBC: “Sam wants to go through to the next World Cup and he wants to do that with Bath Rugby.

“He knows he’s a six. We talked about a good goal for Sam would be that the next time he gets back into the England squad in January it would be as a six, as a back-row player.”

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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

My future is not coaching England but fulfilling the potential at Bath and leaving a legacy

I see that I have been mentioned in the bookies’ possible runners and riders in the betting were there to be a head coach vacancy with England. First and foremost, there is no vacancy and we should all respect Stuart Lancaster’s position. I have just signed a four-year contract with Bath Rugby and my only intention is to help them realise their full potential and achieve what I believe we can achieve.

Why would I want to leave somewhere like this, working with our fantastic owner Bruce Craig, where it is joy to come into training each and every day, where the players and management are so enthusiastic about getting better and where they, too, want to take the club? We haven’t won anything here, I understand that, but that remains our goal and I want to be at the heart of that journey along with my fellow coaches.
We are setting out to play what has become known as the Bath Way again this season at the club even though we lost out to Saracens in the Premiership final in May. That is what the fans and the club want. That is where my commitment lies. I want to leave a legacy at Bath Rugby. This is the best place for me.


Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Tom Homer... Try saver!

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Monday, 28 September 2015

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Welcome To Our 150th Season

This 2015/16 season is a significant time for Bath Rugby as we celebrate our 150th anniversary. As we prepare for this historic milestone year, both on and off the pitch, I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome you to our exciting season, thank you for your continued support and give you a small insight into what is in store for this special year.

We marked the start of our anniversary in early August with a Family Festival of Rugby at the Recreation Ground; nearly 3,000 people attended and joined in with tag rugby sessions, kicking clinics, changing room tours and Q&As with our coaches and players. We have also held three fantastic events at Farleigh House – including the introduction of the inaugural Bath Rugby Hall of Fame which honoured important players and coaches from the Club’s past.

During the season we will be launching an additional award to recognise the significant contribution to the Club made by people ‘off the pitch’. Further details will be released in due course. Thank you to all our supporters who joined us and helped make these events a huge success.

The festivities will continue throughout the year. We will host more Season Ticket Holder events than ever before to keep you updated about the Club, including the opportunity to enjoy a Q&A with Club management and players at Farleigh House in the Spring. We will also be running some 150th anniversary giveaways, giving Season Ticket Holders the chance to win a prize every home match weekend, from crates of Bath Ale’s Gem to a luxury weekend in Bath.
On matchdays, we will be honouring the Club’s players, past and present, with each home game being dedicated to the individual positions on the pitch. From loosehead to fullback, all will be celebrated in a variety of ways, including Q&As in the Swift Half with legends of the Club. We are also in the final stages of planning a Rugby Ball Hunt around the city centre in Easter 2016, which will provide some fun for children and grown-ups alike.

This momentous year not only provides an opportunity to showcase the Club’s history, but also to ensure that today’s memories are captured and an archive is retained for future generations. We will be inviting you to share your favourite memories of the Club, as well as telling us your best moments of the year as the season unfolds. The Club will be holding a public exhibition of memorabilia at a venue in Bath city centre in the spring of 2016, which will celebrate our past, present and future. Our 150th anniversary season will culminate in a special celebration event at the Rec in May 2016. More details on all these events will be published on, so keep an eye on the website.

Both the Bath Rugby Foundation and our Community team will play a significant role in our 150th year. Together they currently deliver £500,000 of programmes in B&NES and surrounding areas, including programmes aimed at character building, healthy eating, and helping young people get back into training or employment. The Bath Rugby Foundation is launching the 150Fund, which will raise at least £150,000 of additional funding over the course of the season, to further benefit the local community.

They are also aiming to secure 150 runners for the 2016 Bath Half Marathon and are delighted to have been selected as the Family Fun Run Charity for the event. Our Community team will be working closely with local amateur clubs to train one new rugby coach per club, as well as continuing their excellent work in local schools. They play a vital role in this Club’s legacy and ensure that we keep building for the next generation and for the next 150 years.

On the field, our outstanding players continue to develop into a squad that will challenge for top honours domestically and in Europe. We enjoyed many successes last season and some games that will live long in the memory. We will continue to build on those positives in 2015/16 and are delighted to have confirmed contract extensions with our coaching staff earlier this month. Continuity in this area is key to the ongoing development of the squad and style of rugby we are building for sustained success.

On behalf of the whole Club, I would like to reiterate our thanks for your support, and look forward to you joining us for what promises to be a unique year in this great Club’s history, starting today as we take on our old rivals Gloucester at the Rec.

Tarquin McDonald | Managing Director

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Friday, 25 September 2015

Bath Rugby team to face Gloucester

15 Tom Homer
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Matt Banahan
12 Ollie Devoto
11 Jeff Williams
10 Kyle Eastmond
9 Chris Cook
1 Nick Auterac
2 Ross Batty
3 Henry Thomas
4 Dave Attwood (c)
5 Tom Ellis
6 Max Northcote-Green
7 Guy Mercer
8 Leroy Houston


16 Tom Dunn
17 Max Lahiff
18 Beno Obano
19 Kane Palma-Newport
20 Chris Dicomidis
21 Will Britton
22 Sydney Blackmore
23 Jonathan Evans
24 Rory Jennings
25 Brett Herron
26 Max Clark
27 Luke Arscott
28 Zach Mercer

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Bath Rec stadium latest: Objectors seek leave to appeal on Bath Rugby court judgment

Two of the objectors to Bath Rugby's new stadium have sought leave to appeal the court judgment made in August that put the plan back on the table.

A judgment from the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) allowed an appeal made in May by the Recreation Ground Trust, which owns and manages the famous piece of land.

That appeal was against a judgment by a First-tier Tribunal (FtT) that prevented a Charity Commission scheme from allowing the rugby club to lease a bigger area of the Rec than it currently occupies.

Without extra land, the club says it cannot build a new stadium and increase its capacity from about 13,400 to 16,500.

The Trust's appeal sought greater clarity over the points of law that underpinned the FtT's amendments.


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