Friday, 19 September 2014

Big Screen and Scoreboard at the Recreation Ground

Bath Rugby can confirm that the permanent big screen will be back in its usual place, with the same high quality, in time for our game against Saracens on Friday 3rd October.

Unfortunately, we have had to use a temporary screen for our game against Leicester Tigers this weekend and we apologise for any inconvenience or frustration this causes.

We would also like to reassure our supporters that we will have a second scoreboard working tomorrow, which will be visible from the South end of the ground.

We'd like to thank all our supporters for their ongoing patience as we make improvements to the Rec.

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Bath Rugby side to face Leicester Tigers

15 Luke Arscott
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Matt Banahan
10 George Ford
9 Chris Cook
1 Paul James
2 Rob Webber
3 David Wilson
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dave Attwood
6 Carl Fearns
7 Guy Mercer
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Tom Dunn
17 Nick Auterac
18 Henry Thomas
19 Dominic Day
20 Alafoti Fa'osiliva
21 Peter Stringer
22 Ollie Devoto
23 Olly Woodburn

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Bath Rugby 53 London Welsh 26

Semesa Rokoduguni and Jonathan Joseph helped themselves to try doubles as Bath Rugby made it two wins from two this Aviva Premiership Rugby season, with victory over London Welsh at The Rec.Bath once again got off to a fast start as Chris Cook touched down moments after kick-off, and further tries from Leroy Houston, Carl Fearns and one in each half for both Rokoduguni and Joseph saw Bath pick up all five points as they ran in seven tries in their first home game of the campaign.

However London Welsh gave a good account of themselves and not only put points on the scoreboard for the first time this season, but also picked up their first point of the campaign as Peter Browne, Seb Stegmann, Seb Jewell and Lachlan McCaffrey all crossed the whitewash.

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Beyond the game...

For those who couldn't make it to The Rec today, here are some photos of the new match day experience!
















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Friday, 12 September 2014

Bath Rugby side to face London Welsh

15 Luke Arscott
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Anthony Watson
10 George Ford
9 Chris Cook
1 Paul James
2 Rob Webber
3 David Wilson
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dave Attwood
6 Carl Fearns
7 Guy Mercer
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Tom Dunn
17 Nick Auterac
18 Henry Thomas
19 Dominic Day
20 Alafoti Fa'osiliva
21 Peter Stringer
22 Ollie Devoto
23 Matt Banahan

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Rising England star commits to Bath Rugby

Rising England star Anthony Watson has committed his future to Bath Rugby, signing a contract extension that will see the exciting young back stay at the West Country club until at least 2017.

Fresh from England's tour to New Zealand this summer, where he scored a try from the wing in the mid-week game against the Crusaders, Watson got off to a flying start this season, scoring against Sale Sharks within a minute of kick-off.

"Last season was great for me in many ways – from getting regular first team rugby in a winning team, to being called up to tour with England this summer – and I know that a large part of the reason I've managed to do all that is due to my move to Bath. The Club has a fantastic commitment to developing young players and making them the best they can be.

"The whole environment here is about working hard to make improvements every day, focusing on what we can all do to develop our game for the greater good of the team, and that has really helped me push on. I've really enjoyed my time here at Bath so far, so I was really excited to extend my contract, and I can't wait to play my part as we set about achieving our aims."

Pacey and unpredictable in attack, strong and secure in defence, 20 year old Watson quickly established himself in the Bath Rugby starting line-up, making 29 appearances in total throughout the season, scoring five tries, and setting-up many more.

He arrived at Bath having lifted the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship trophy, along with new teammates David Sisi and Ollie Devoto, and ahead of being selected for the squad for the 2014 RBS 6 Nations, he marked his England Saxons debut against the Irish Wolfhounds with a long-range interception try.
Bath Head Coach, Mike Ford, believes the best is yet to come from Watson.

"Anthony is an incredible talent, and we're obviously delighted he's staying with us. I think what is most exciting for us as coaches is that he's still young and still has so much potential to get better. He has a real natural ability on the field, and that will only become more finely tuned as he gets more experience.

"He's the kind of player that you want to watch, that will constantly baffle defences as they don't know what he's going to do next, and we're all looking forward to working with him and helping him progress in his career."

Bath Rugby can also confirm that loosehead prop Beno Obano has joined the Academy on a one-year contract.

The 19-year-old, a former student of Dulwich College who was previously a member of the Wasps Academy, impressed during his spell with Bath United last season.

"Beno is an incredibly strong prop who can bring an edge to our forward play," said Academy Director Danny Grewcock. "We're developing a really exciting Academy squad, and he will be a key player this season."

Source: Bath Rugby

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Monday, 8 September 2014

Gilbert to leave Bath Rugby

Flanker Mat Gilbert will be leaving Bath Rugby to seek more game time, the Club can confirm.
The 28-year-old joined Bath in 2012 from Scarlets. In his two seasons at the Rec, Gilbert made 19 first team appearances, during which he scored three tries.

"I'm sad to be leaving Bath Rugby, but I need more game time to keep on improving as a player," said Gilbert. "It's been a thoroughly enjoyable two years here. I've worked with some great coaches and played alongside some great players, and I know they'll go on to achieve their aims."

Head Coach, Mike Ford, said: "Mat's a recognised talent in the game, so it's unfortunate for him that he's competing for a playing spot with some other very talented players here at Bath. I know he'll go on to continue to succeed in the game, and we wish him the best of luck in the future."

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Friday, 5 September 2014

Bath Rugby team to face Sale Sharks

15. Luke Arscott
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Anthony Watson
10. George Ford
9. Peter Stringer
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dominic Day
6. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
7. Guy Mercer
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn
17. Nick Auterac
18. Henry Thomas
19. Dave Attwood
20. Carl Fearns
21. Chris Cook
22. Gavin Henson
23. Matt Banahan

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Monday, 1 September 2014

Best Bath Rugby news ever...

West Country brewer Bath Ales has come on board as an official partner of Bath Rugby in time for the start of the new season.

The two-year agreement, which starts immediately, is the biggest partnership deal the brewer has ever committed to and signals a significant investment by the business.

As part of the new relationship, Bath Ales’ branding, featuring the award-winning beer brand ‘Gem’, will be included on the team’s shorts throughout the season.
Robin Couling, Managing Director of Bath Ales, said “We’ve always had an interest in Bath Rugby and they’re a great fit with us. As our local team we’ve been supporting them from the stands for many years – and it’s very exciting to be involved in an official capacity now.

“The Rugby World Cup is being held in the UK next year and there will be increased focus on the sport so it’s a great time to get involved and support a local team that is among the elite national and international club sides.

“We’ve got some exciting activation plans in the pipeline so watch this space.”
The West Stand at the Recreation Ground will be Bath Ales branded, and in-stadia advertising and regular product sampling will take place through the season.

Matt Powell, Business Development Director at Bath Rugby, said: “Bath Ales is a successful and growing local business and we’re delighted to welcome them as a partner.
“We share similar values and ethos and look forward to enjoying a long and fruitful relationship with Bath Ales.
“Our partnerships are hugely important to us and we want to work with businesses we can create long, lasting connections with.”

Bath’s first home game of the season will take place Saturday 13th September when Aviva Premiership newcomers, London Welsh, visit the Rec.

Robin added: “We’re putting our full support and commitment behind Bath Rugby and we anticipate a very successful season ahead for this talented side.”

Source: BathRugby.com

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Friday, 29 August 2014

"Our coaches are top of the league," says Bath Rugby new boy Henry Thomas

Henry Thomas has labelled Bath Rugby’s coaching team as the best in the Aviva Premiership following his arrival at The Rec.

Former King Edward’s schoolboy Thomas has long been expected to make a big impact in England’s front-row and believes a summer switch to his hometown club from Sale Sharks will give him the best chance to fulfil that potential.

Bath’s pack was seen as the fulcrum of their success last season, while Toby Booth and Neal Hatley are amongst the most respected forwards coaches in English rugby.

And tighthead prop Thomas says their dedication to the hard graft up front made it an easy choice to head back to the South West.

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