Thursday, 23 April 2015

Bath Rugby team to face London Irish


15 Anthony Watson
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Matt Banahan
10 George Ford
9 Peter Stringer
1 Paul James
2 Rob Webber
3 Kane Palma-Newport
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dominic Day
6 Sam Burgess
7 Francois Louw
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Ross Batty
17 Nick Auterac
18 Max Lahiff
19 Dave Attwood
20 Matt Garvey
21 Carl Fearns
22 Chris Cook
23 Ollie Devoto

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

15 April 2015, 11:55am England Sevens star to join Bath Rugby

England Sevens player Jeff Williams will join Bath Rugby next season.

A dynamic and powerful player - as prop or wing in sevens, and at centre or wing in rugby union - Williams made his national team debut at the 2012 Marriott London Sevens. He gave a hint of what was to come with an impressive solo score against Australia in the closing stages of the Twickenham tournament.

In total the 26-year-old has scored 36 tries in his 20 tournament appearances on the HSBC Sevens World Series circuit. He was recently part of the successful squad that won the Tokyo Sevens event earlier this month, the first for England since 2013.

South African-born Williams qualified to represent England through his English father, having played for the Hamiltons club in Cape Town and for the Sharks Academy before a spell in France at Federale 1 side Chateaurenard in Provence. He joined England's training camp in early 2012 before being awarded a full-time Sevens contract.

Bath Rugby Head Coach Mike Ford said: "Coming from the world of sevens, Jeff offers dynamism and a high-tempo style of play. He also fits our policy of recruiting young English talent. The way he plays will really suit the attacking ethos we have here at Bath, and we're looking forward to him arriving at the Club."

Williams said: "I have been honoured and incredibly thankful for the opportunity to represent England at sevens and all of the support I have received has been fantastic.

Being part of the Sevens programme has been a great way to develop and the time and attention from my coaches and conditioners has been world class. But I'm incredibly excited about the next stage in my rugby career and to be joining a club of Bath's calibre. The squad is full of world-class players, and the challenge of pushing myself forward for selection is one I'm really looking forward to."
Simon Amor, England Sevens Head Coach, said: "Jeff has been an important member of the squad and brought a real physical edge to our game. He has come through the Sevens programme and really developed as a player and now has an exciting opportunity to move back to XVs and play at a very good Premiership side. I am looking forward to seeing him bring his dynamism to Bath Rugby and would like to thank him for contribution to England Sevens."




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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Friday, 10 April 2015

Gloucester confirm pre-season tournament against Bath and Exeter Chiefs

Gloucester have confirmed plans to play Bath and Exeter Chiefs in a pre-season tournament with home matches staged at the Memorial Stadium.

The three Premiership teams will meet on a round robin basis in the build up to the 2015-16 season which will kick-off in mid-October due to the World Cup.

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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Bath Rugby team to face Newcastle Falcons


15. Anthony Watson
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Ollie Devoto
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Peter Stringer
1. Nick Auterac
2. Ross Batty
3. Max Lahiff
4. Matt Garvey
5. Dominic Day
6. Sam Burgess
7. Francois Louw ( c )
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Rob Webber
17. Paul James
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Dave Attwood
20. Carl Fearns
21. Alafoti Faosiliva
22. Micky Young
23. Tom Homer

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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Friday, 3 April 2015

Bath Rugby team to face Leinster


15 Anthony Watson
14 Horacio Agulla
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Matt Banahan
10 George Ford
9 Micky Young
1 Paul James
2 Rob Webber
3 Kane Palma-Newport
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dave Attwood
6 Carl Fearns
7 Francois Louw
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Ross Batty
17 Nick Auterac
18 Max Lahiff
19 Matt Garvey
20 Alafoti Faosiliva
21 Peter Stringer
22 Sam Burgess
23 Tom Homer

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Bath Rugby to convert from Union to League

Bruce Craig's continued development of Bath Rugby takes a drastic development today as the clubs confirms recent speculation with the announcement that Bath will play the 2016/17 season in the English Rugby League!

This doesn't come as a surprise for many with high profile league signings such as Sam Burgess and Kyle Eastmond, and with Mike Ford (ex Rugby League player) at the helm it was only a matter of time.

Bruce Craig has made it very clear his ambition for the club to be the best in England and Europe, and in an exclusive interview with Bath Rugby Inside Out he gave his reasons behind the conversion.

'I need results and quickly, will we get these through union...I am sure, but with the likes of Sarries, Saints and Tigers it makes it really hard. Everyone knows league is an easy game and we are guaranteed results there....' explained Craig, as he enjoyed a steaming cup of earl grey in front of a log fire.

'...some fans will believe this is a crazy idea but I beg to differ, not only do we get to wear much cooler uniforms but we also save money on coats, it's much warmer during the summer and I hate the cold!'

Bruce Craig also hinted at the possibility of a name change

'It's not off the cards...something along the line of Craig's Cougars sounds nice!'

Craig finished with a inspiring message to all the loyal fans who may be worried by this announcement

'Get your shorts and suncream ready.... Summer is coming to The Rec'

More to follow.




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Friday, 27 March 2015

Bath Rugby team to face London Welsh

15 Tom Homer
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Sam Burgess
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Olly Woodburn
10 Ollie Devoto
9 Micky Young
1 Nick Auterac
2 Rob Webber
3 Kane Palma-Newport
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dominic Day
6 Carl Fearns
7 Alafoti Faosiliva
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Ross Batty
17 Beno Obano
18 Max Lahiff
19 Matt Garvey
20 David Sisi
21 Chris Cook
22 Matt Banahan
23 Horacio Agulla

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

This transfer rumour is doing the rounds again...

Bath are trying to sign Taulupe Faletau after the World Cup to continue the exodus of leading Wales players to the Aviva Premiership.

The 24-year-old Lions No 8 has another full season to run on his current contract with the Newport Gwent Dragons, who have this week indicated that they are 'extremely keen' to retain his services.

However, Sportsmail understands that the Tongan-born player is increasingly likely to agree a move to The Rec in the autumn, which would require Bath to pay a transfer fee.

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