Thursday, 17 July 2014

Ford back to full fitness

Bath Rugby have received a boost with the news George Ford is back to full fitness after having surgery in the off-season.

Ford injured his shoulder in Bath's last Aviva Premiership match of the season and even though he played a fortnight later in their Amlin Challenge Cup final match against Northampton, he was forced to go under the knife and missed England's tour of New Zealand.

But Ford is back in pre-season training and will play a full part in Bath's imminent trip to Portugal. Bath coach Mike Ford told the Bath Chronicle: "George's operation went really well and he will be ready to play in the pre-games.

"In the four weeks off he had his operation in the first and was then in a hyperbaric chamber to increase his oxygen levels and help speed up his recovery. He's like new and eager to get back going again. Matt Garvey is back with us and Ross Batty is throwing again, so they've come on really well."

Source: ESPN

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Hooper remains Bath Rugby’s Club Captain

Described by Bath Rugby Head Coach, Mike Ford, as "the best captain I've ever worked with", the Club can today confirm that Stuart Hooper will remain as Club Captain for the 2014/15 season, for the fourth consecutive year.

"I've worked with some great captains throughout my career, but Stuart really is the finest I've had the pleasure of working with", explained Ford.

He continued: "Stuart embodies everything you look for in a captain, and everything we expect from our players here at Bath. His leadership is second to none, he's a skilful, intelligent player on the pitch, and just as importantly he's a wonderful example off the field to the rest of the squad. He also has the respect of everyone at the Club. His work ethic and dedication to improving week on week is exactly what we, as a group of coaches and players, need as we continue the development of the Club."

Hooper has made 150 appearances for Bath to date, and reached the Premiership milestone of 200 appearances last season. A true rugby professional, he was the natural choice to lead the Club again going into the new campaign.
"It's an honour to be named as captain for another season, and I'm very proud to be given the chance to continue leading Bath as we keep improving. We have a very exciting squad, and we know we have the potential to progress even more. We know what we have to do next season, and all the hard work ahead of us, but we can't wait to get started."

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Friday, 11 July 2014

Scrum-half Martin Roberts has left Bath Rugby to join Ospreys

Scrum-half Martin Roberts has left Bath Rugby to join Ospreys, the Club can confirm.

The 28-year-old returns to the Swansea-based regional side for whom he made his professional debut in 2005.

Wales international Roberts joined Bath from Northampton Saints ahead of the 2013/14 season.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Bath,” said Roberts, “but after playing for three years in the Aviva Premiership I feel that now is the right time for me to return to Wales. I am from Glyn Neath and the Ospreys is my home region so I am very excited about going back there. I won’t be going too far, though, so I look forward to staying in touch with many of the great people I’ve met here at the Club.”

Head Coach Mike Ford added: “Martin’s a dynamic player and he has always given his all for Bath during his time here. We all wish him the best of luck at Ospreys.”

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Bath Rugby post World Cup signings announced...

Bath owner Bruce Craig confirms to BBC Points West that the club have already signed new players who will arrive after the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

Craig did not divulge the identities of the new arrivals, but says they will be brought in in time for the 2015-16 season - in which the club will celebrate their 150th year.

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Monday, 7 July 2014

Rokoduguni extends Bath Rugby contract

Bath Rugby winger Semesa Rokoduguni has signed a one-year extension to his contract that will keep him at the Rec until 2016, the Club is delighted to confirm.

The 2013/14 season at Bath Rugby was a breakthrough one for the 26-year-old from Fiji. On the back of some scintillating performances for the Club in his first full season of professional rugby, Rokoduguni became the first serving soldier to be called up to the England set-up since Josh Lewsey. He represented England Saxons against Irish Wolfhounds in January 2014, before playing for an England XV against the Barbarians at Twickenham five months later.
Rokoduguni’s Gatorade Game Changer Award last season exemplified his devastating capabilities from the wing: the ability to beat defenders through both power and speed and a great vision in open play.

On the subject of extending his stay at the Club, Rokoduguni said: “It felt like the natural choice. I love it here at Bath. The environment is superb – we’re like a big family – and everybody wants to play their part in the next stage of the team’s development.”

“Roko’s the type of player you would pay good money to watch, and I tell him as much before every match,” said Head Coach Mike Ford. “It’s remarkable to think that it wasn’t so long ago he was serving with the British Army in Afghanistan. He’s a fantastic winger and he’s going to help us win matches this season, and I’m certain he’ll be pushing for more England recognition too.”

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Friday, 4 July 2014

Genia to join Bath Rugby after the World Cup!?

WALLABIES halfback Will Genia almost certainly will be playing with the Queensland Reds in 2016 as the Australian Rugby Union attempts to find creative solutions to the feared player drain overseas following next year’s World Cup.

It was reported yesterday that Genia had already signed to join English club Bath after the World Cup, but indications are that if the former Wallabies captain does play overseas in 2015-16 it will be in Japan, not Europe, and in a manner designed to ensure he will be able to return to Australia to play for the Reds in the 2016 Super Rugby tournament.

Source: theaustralian.com

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Bath Rugby confirm pre-season friendlies

Bath Rugby can confirm that the Club will play two warm-up matches ahead of the 2014/15 season.

On Saturday 16th August, it’s an Anglo-Welsh clash as Bath Rugby welcome Scarlets to the Rec (k.o. 3pm).

A week later, it’s a homecoming for winger Matt Banahan as Bath face Jersey RFC away on
Saturday 23rd August (k.o. 3pm).

More details on these fixtures will soon follow, including ticket information.

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Bath Rugby fixtures for the 2014/15 season

Sat 6th Sep 14 14:00
Sale Sharks v Bath Rugby

Sat 13th Sep 14 15:00
Bath Rugby v London Welsh

Sat 20th Sep 14 15:15
Bath Rugby v Leicester Tigers

Sat 27th Sep 14 15:15
Northampton Saints v Bath Rugby

Fri 3rd Oct 14 19:45
Bath Rugby v Saracens

Sun 12th Oct 14 14:00
Wasps v Bath Rugby

Sat 15th Nov 14 15:00
Bath Rugby v Newcastle Falcons

Sat 22nd Nov 14 15:00
London Irish v Bath Rugby

Sat 29th Nov 14 15:00
Bath Rugby v Harlequins

Sat 20th Dec 14 15:00
Gloucester Rugby v Bath Rugby

Sat 27th Dec 14 15:00
Bath Rugby v Exeter Chiefs

Sat 3rd Jan 15 15:00
Leicester Tigers v Bath Rugby

Sat 10th Jan 15 15:00
Bath Rugby v Wasps

Sun 15th Feb 15 15:00
Saracens v Bath Rugby

Sat 21st Feb 15 15:00
Bath Rugby v Northampton Saints

Sat 28th Feb 15 15:00
Exeter Chiefs v Bath Rugby

Sat 7th Mar 15 15:00
Bath Rugby v Sale Sharks

Sun 29th Mar 15 14:30
London Welsh v Bath Rugby

Sun 12th Apr 15 15:00
Newcastle Falcons v Bath Rugby

Sat 25th Apr 15 15:00
Bath Rugby v London Irish

Sat 9th May 15 15:00
Harlequins v Bath Rugby

16/17 May 
Bath Rugby v Gloucester Rugby

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Bath Rugby’s Temporary Application Decision Deferred

Bath Rugby is disappointed that B&NES Council has been unable to reach a decision on the Club’s recent temporary application, to increase capacity at the Rec, and that the Councillors have chosen to defer the decision to a later date.

The temporary application sought to increase capacity from 12,000 to close to 14,000 for the next two seasons (2014/2015 and 2015/2016) and provide better facilities for supporters.

Nick Blofeld, Chief Executive, Bath Rugby said: “We are clearly very disappointed that B&NES Development Control Committee has chosen to delay the decision for our temporary application proposal. This presents us with significant operational challenges to be ready for the start of the season, however, we will of course work hard with B&NES to assist them in coming to a positive decision, and still hope to increase our capacity during the period of our 150th anniversary.”

Bath Rugby remain focused on securing its long-term future at the Rec and this temporary application is separate to the Club’s main plans to redevelop their ageing facilities.

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Spencer commits to Bath Rugby

Highly promising young lock Will Spencer has agreed to stay with Bath Rugby until at least the end of the 2015/16 season.

“I’m very happy to have extended my contract here,” Spencer said. “I’ve been given some great opportunities here to grow as a player, and now I want to start challenging for a regular place in the team to continue that. Bath is a really good place for young English players at the moment, with a real focus on us all developing as a squad, so I’m looking forward to what the next season brings.”

“Spence has really kicked on over the last season, gaining valuable game time and winning Championship play-off matches,” First Team Coach Toby Booth said. “He’s grown physically, as a player, and has impressed us with his attitude and performances. He’s still got a lot of potential and he’s in the right environment to fulfil that. The Rec faithful have a lot to look forward to when he runs out on his home turf again.”

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