Friday, 15 August 2014

Bath Rugby European Rugby Champions Cup fixtures

18th Oct Glasgow Warriors v Bath Rugby - Scotstoun Stadium - kick-off 15.15

25/th Oct Bath Rugby v Toulouse - Recreation Ground - kick-off 15.15

5/6/7 Dec Montpellier v Bath Rugby

12/13/14 Dec Bath Rugby v Montpellier – Recreation Ground

16/17/18 Jan Toulouse v Bath Rugby

23/24/25 Jan Bath Rugby v Glasgow Warriors – Recreation Ground

Quarter-finals: 3/4/5 April 2015
Semi-finals: 17/18/19 April 2015

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Monday, 11 August 2014

Will Genia eyeing up Top 14 move

Will Genia is reportedly going cold on the idea of joining Bath and is instead looking at the Top 14.

Reports in Monday's Midi Olympique say Genia had given a verbal agreement to agree to join Bath and some news outlets in Australia said the deal had been done but fresh reports say Genia is keen to pursue options in the Top 14.

Genia's contract will expire after the 2015 Rugby World Cup and is expected to leave Australia for pastures new. Stade Francais have reportedly made an offer for Genia's services as they look to replace their two ageing scrum-halves - Julien Dupuy, 30, and Jerome Fillol, 36. The French rugby weekly also says usual suspects Toulon and Toulouse could be interested in entering the bidding war.

Source: ESPN

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Friday, 1 August 2014

Bath make 'audacious bid' to sign Will Genia

Bath Rugby are looking to sign Will Genia from the Queensland Reds, having already snared Sam Burgess from National Rugby League club South Sydney Rabbitohs.

ESPN reported in June that Bath had been linked with Genia, but News Corp is now reporting the club have made "an audacious bid" to sign the Wallabies scrum-half and are "now in talks … to lure him to England after next year's World Cup".

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Bath Rugby's Temporary Application Approved

Bath Rugby is delighted that B&NES Council has approved the Club's temporary planning application.

This decision enables the Club to increase capacity at the Rec from 12,000 to close to 14,000 for the next two seasons (2014/2015 and 2015/2016) and provide improved facilities for their supporters in the lead up to the Club's 150th Anniversary.

Nick Blofeld, Chief Executive, Bath Rugby said: "We are delighted that our temporary proposals have been approved. As we gear up for a year of special events to celebrate our 150th Anniversary, this extra capacity will allow more people to get closer to the action during a landmark year in our Club's history. We are particularly excited about welcoming new spectators to the Rec, to enjoy the unique experience of watching Bath Rugby play at their spiritual home, and look forward to providing all our supporters, old and new, with a superb couple of seasons ahead, both on and off the field."

Temporary increases in capacity will be made to the existing seasonal East and North stands and more hospitality boxes will be added to the South (IPL) stand.

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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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Bath Rugby Sevens squad

The Kingsholm round of the Premiership Rugby 7s will be shown live on BT Sport, with Bath's fixtures as follows:

19:40 – Bath Rugby v London Irish
20:10 – Bath Rugby v Exeter Chiefs
21:30 – Bath Rugby v Gloucester Rugby

Team

1. Max Northcote-Green (forward)
2. Tom Woolstencroft (forward)
3. Will Homer (scrum half)
4. Ifereimi Vuki (forward)
5. George Wacokecoke (wing)
6. Junior Bulumakau (centre/wing)
7. Chris Cook (hooker/scrum-half) (c)
8. Ed Coulson (10/Centre)
9. Rory Jennings (scrum-half/fly-half)
10. Max Clark (forward)
11. Olly Woodburn (wing/forward)
12. Richard Lane (centre/wing)

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Friday, 25 July 2014

Bath Rugby Make Changes to Senior Management Structure

Bath Rugby announce today changes to its senior management structure. Bruce Craig, Chairman of the Club, will assume the role of Executive Chairman effective from 1st September 2014. Nick Blofeld will step up to a wider group role, taking over responsibility for a number of key projects, including a focus on the potential Rec redevelopment, which would secure a long-term home for the Club.

Supporting Bruce Craig will be Mike Ford (Head Coach) and David Thompson (Performance Director), managing all aspects of the rugby side of the business. Tarquin McDonald (Finance & Strategy Director), will assume responsibility for the day-to-day running of the non-rugby side of the business.

Bruce Craig said, "I am very proud of the progress made by Bath Rugby under Nick's direction over the last five years and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank him for all he has done for the Club to date. I am delighted that, in his new role, he will continue to focus on a number of key projects, including the potential Rec redevelopment, the on-going development of Farleigh House and support for the Bath Rugby Foundation. I am very much looking forward to next season and I am confident that we will see all our hard work bear further fruit in the seasons ahead."

Nick Blofeld said, "I have been privileged to lead a great Club over these last few years and to set it in the right direction for long term success. I'm now looking forward to concentrating even more on trying to keep Bath Rugby at the Rec, as well as a few other key projects, and to being able to watch the team's successes next year and beyond."

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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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