Saturday, 3 December 2016

A reminder of Bath Rugby team to face Saracens today



15. Tom Homer

14. Semesa Rokoduguni

13. Max Clark

12. Ben Tapuai

11. Aled Brew

10. Dan Bowden

9. Kahn Fotuali’i

1. Nathan Catt

2. Tom Dunn

3. Max Lahiff

4. Luke Charteris

5. Dave Attwood

6. Matt Garvey ( c )

7. Tom Ellis

8. Taulupe Faletau

Replacements

16. Ross Batty

17. Beno Obano

18. Kane Palma-Newport

19. Paul Grant

20. Zach Mercer

21. Darren Allinson

22. Adam Hastings

23. Jack Wilson


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Friday, 25 November 2016

Bath Rugby team to face Harlequins

Australian centre Ben Tapuai will make his starting debut for Bath Rugby on Sunday when they take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership at the Stoop, kick-off 15:15.

Tapuai joins Max Clark in the midfield, who had an impressive return from injury in the win against Bristol last weekend. Out wide Aled Brew comes back into the starting line-up on the left wing with Semesa Rokoduguni, England’s Man of the Match against Fiji, on the right. Tom Homer provides the threat from fullback, as Dan Bowden starts at fly-half for the first time this season and Darren Allinson continues at scrum-half.

Up front, Tom Dunn starts between Nathan Catt and Kane Palma-Newport in the front row, with the powerful pairing of Matt Garvey and Dave Attwood behind them in the engine room. Tom Ellis on the openside, Guy Mercer on the blindside and Zach Mercer coming in at number eight form the back row.

Unavailable for selection: Nick Auterac, Luke Charteris, Chris Cook, David Denton, Charlie Ewels, Taulupe Faletau, Robbie Fruean, George Ford, Kahn Fotuali’i, Jonathan Joseph, Francois Louw, Rhys Priestland, David Sisi, Elliott Stooke, Henry Thomas, Anthony Watson.



15. Tom Homer

14. Semesa Rokoduguni

13. Max Clark

12. Ben Tapuai

11. Aled Brew

10. Dan Bowden

9. Darren Allinson

1. Nathan Catt

2. Tom Dunn

3. Kane Palma-Newport

4. Matt Garvey ( c )

5. Dave Attwood

6. Tom Ellis

7. Guy Mercer

8. Zach Mercer

Replacements

16. Ross Batty

17. Beno Obano

18. Max Lahiff

19. Paul Grant

20. Levi Douglas

21. Will Homer

22. Adam Hastings

23. Matt Banahan


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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Bath Rugby team to face Bristol Rugby

Max Clark and Taulupe Faletau both make their return from injury tomorrow night as Bath Rugby return to Aviva Premiership action against their nearest rivals, Bristol Rugby at the Recreation Ground, kick-off 19.45.

Faletau, who was released by Wales to train with Bath and be available for selection this week, starts at number eight, with Guy Mercer on the openside and Tom Ellis on the blindside.

Elsewhere in the pack Elliott Stooke partners Matt Garvey in the engine room, with Nathan Catt and Kane Palma-Newport scrumming down in the front row either side of Ross Batty at hooker.

Clark returns to the midfield at outside centre, Matt Banahan linking up with him at number 12. Welsh duo Darren Allinson and Rhys Priestland, who is named as co-captain for the game, continue their half-back partnership, whilst Darren Atkins and Jack Wilson are named on the wings. Tom Homer completes the line-up from fullback.

From the bench, Tom Dunn could make his 50th appearance if called upon, and Australian centre, Ben Tapuai, who arrived at the Club this week, could make his debut.

Speaking ahead of the game, Todd Blackadder said: “We can’t wait to get out there on Friday, and it’s great to have Taulupe Faletau and Max Clark back amongst the mix – we’ve actually had a bit of a selection headache this week, which was an interesting change for us! We’ve got to pick ourselves back up after the disappointing start to the Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign and get back on the horse for this next block of crucial Aviva Premiership games. We know how much this game means to our supporters, and we’re going to do all we can to make sure they leave the Rec with a smile on their face tomorrow night.

“Henry Thomas is unavailable due to the knee injury he picked up against Scarlets. It seemed like a pretty innocuous bang at the time, but it looks like he’ll be out for the rest of the season. We’re really disappointed for him - he’d been playing some great rugby, but our medical team will do the best job in looking after him and getting him back on the pitch when he’s ready.”

Unavailable for selection: Dave Attwood, Nick Auterac, Luke Charteris, Chris Cook, David Denton, Charlie Ewels, George Ford, Kahn Fotuali’i, Jonathan Joseph, Francois Louw, Semesa Rokoduguni, David Sisi, Henry Thomas, Anrthony Watson, Jeff Williams.



15. Tom Homer

14. Darren Atkins

13. Max Clark

12. Matt Banahan

11. Jack Wilson

10. Rhys Priestland (co-capt.)

9. Darren Allinson

1. Nathan Catt

2. Ross Batty

3. Kane Palma-Newport

4. Elliott Stooke

5. Matt Garvey (co-capt.)

6. Tom Ellis

7. Guy Mercer

8. Taulupe Faletau

Replacements:

16. Tom Dunn

17. Beno Obano

18. Max Lahiff

19. Paul Grant

20. Zach Mercer

21. Will Homer

22. Adam Hastings

23. Ben Tapuai


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Friday, 4 November 2016

Bath Rugby team to face Leicester Tigers


15. Darren Atkins

14. Jeff Williams

13. Aled Brew

12. Dan Bowden

11. Jack Wilson

10. Adam Hastings

9. Will Homer

1. Beno Obano

2. Michael van Vuuren

3. Shaun Knight

4. Elliott Stooke

5. Alex Humfrey

6. Levi Douglas

7. Guy Mercer ( c )

8. Zach Mercer

Replacements

16. Gabriel Oghre

17. Max Lahiff

18. Kane Palma-Newport

19. Tom Ellis

20. Josh Bayliss

21. Darren Allinson

22. Rhys Priestland

23. Rory Jennings






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Friday, 28 October 2016

Bath Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs

Not available for selection: Nathan Catt, Max Clark, Chris Cook, David Denton, Taulupe Faletau, Leroy Houston, Francois Louw, David Sisi, Jack Walker, Anthony Watson.


15. Tom Homer

14. Semesa Rokoduguni

13. Jonathan Joseph

12. Matt Banahan

11. Aled Brew

10. George Ford (co-capt)

9. Kahn Fotuali’i

1. Nick Auterac

2. Ross Batty

3. Henry Thomas

4. Luke Charteris

5. Dave Attwood

6. Matt Garvey (co-capt)

7. Tom Ellis

8. Charlie Ewels

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn

17. Max Lahiff

18. Kane Palma-Newport

19. Elliott Stooke

20. Guy Mercer

21. Will Homer

22. Rhys Priestland

23. Jeff Williams


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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Bath Rugby team to face Bristol Rugby



15. Tom Homer

14. Jeff Williams

13. Jonathan Joseph

12. Matt Banahan

11. Aled Brew

10. Rhys Priestland

9. Will Homer

1. Nick Auterac

2. Michael van Vuuren

3. Max Lahiff

4. Luke Charteris

5. Charlie Ewels

6. Matt Garvey (co-capt.)

7. Guy Mercer (co-capt.)

8. Zach Mercer

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn

17. Shaun Knight

18. Kane Palma-Newport

19. Elliott Stooke

20. Leroy Houston

21. Dan Bowden

22. Adam Hastings

23. Semesa Rokoduguni


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Saturday, 15 October 2016

Today's teams

Bath Rugby team to face Pau

15. Tom Homer
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Matt Banahan
11. Aled Brew
10. Rhys Priestland
9. Kahn Fotuali’i
1. Nick Auterac
2. Tom Dunn
3. Kane Palma-Newport
4. Luke Charteris
5. Elliott Stooke
6. Tom Ellis
7. Guy Mercer ( c )
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Michael van Vuuren
17. Max Lahiff
18. Shaun Knight
19. Charlie Ewels
20. Matt Garvey ( c )
21. Chris Cook
22. Dan Bowden
23. Jeff Williams

Not available for selection: Ross Batty, Max Clark, David Denton, Taulupe Faletau, Francois Louw, Niko Matawalu, David Sisi, Jack Walker, Anthony Watson

Pau:
15 Romain Buros
14 Marvin Lestremeau
13 Santiago Fernandez
12 Watisoni Votu
11 Mosese Ratuvou
10 Brandon Fajardo
9 Thibault Daubagna
1 Jérémy Hurou
2 Quentin Lespiaucq Brettes
3 Matthew Tierney
4 Abdellatif Boutaty
5 Daniel Ramsay (capt)
6 Pierrick Gunther
7 Sean Dougall
8 Ben Mowen
16 Lucas Rey
17 Geoffrey Moise
18 Malik Hamadache
19 Masalosalo Tutaia
20 Giovanni Habel Kuffner
21 Thierry Lacrampe
22 Pierre Dupouy
23 Bastien Pourailly


Date: Saturday, October 15
Venue: Stade du Hameau, Pau
Kick-off: 20:45 Local (18:45)
Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)

Form: This will be the first meeting between the clubs in the Challenge Cup, however, they have met in the European Cup previously. Bath beat the Top 14 side in the semi-finals on their way to winning the competition in 1997/98. Bath's last appearance in the Challenge Cup came in the 2013/14 season when they lost in the final to Northampton Saints having won all eight games on the run in. Bath have won all 24 of their pool games in the Challenge Cup. The only time they have lost a match before the quarter-final stage was in 2002/03 when they lost the first leg of a Round two fixture against Bridgend. Pau won just 23 turnovers in last season's competition, fewer than any other side. Pau are three tries away from scoring their 250th in European competition, 156 of their previous 247 have come in the Challenge Cup.


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Friday, 7 October 2016

A reminder of tonight's Bath Rugby team to play Sale Sharks


15. Tom Homer
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Matt Banahan
11. Aled Brew
10. George Ford (co-captain)
9. Kahn Fotuali’i
1. Nathan Catt
2. Tom Dunn
3. Henry Thomas
4. Elliott Stooke
5. Dave Attwood
6. Matt Garvey (co-captain)
7. Tom Ellis
8. Zach Mercer
Replacements:
16. Ross Batty
17. Nick Auterac
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Charlie Ewels
20. Guy Mercer
21. Chris Cook
22. Adam Hastings
23. Jeff Williams
Not available for selection: Anthony Watson, Rhys Priestand, Dan Bowden, Luke Charteris, Max Clark, David Denton, Taulupe Faletau, Francois Louw, Niko Matawalu, David Sisi, Jack Walker. 





Friday, 30 September 2016

Bath Rugby team to face Gloucester


15. Tom Homer

14. Semesa Rokoduguni

13. Aled Brew

12. Matt Banahan

11. Anthony Watson

10. George Ford ( c )

9. Kahn Fotuali’i

1. Nathan Catt

2. Tom Dunn

3. Henry Thomas

4. Charlie Ewels

5. Elliott Stooke

6. Matt Garvey ( c )

7. Tom Ellis

8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Ross Batty

17. Nick Auterac

18. Kane Palma-Newport

19. Dave Attwood

20. Zach Mercer

21. Chris Cook

22. Rory Jennings

23. Jeff Williams

Not available for selection: Dan Bowden, Luke Charteris, Max Clark, David Denton, Taulupe Faletau, Jonathan Joseph, Francois Louw, Niko Matawalu, Guy Mercer, Rhys Priestland, David Sisi, Jack Walker.


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Friday, 16 September 2016

Bath team to face Worcester

Leroy Houston returns to the Bath Rugby starting line-up tomorrow as they take on Worcester Warriors at the Recreation Ground in the Aviva Premiership, kick-off 15:00.

Houston, who arrived back at the Club this week on a short-term contract, takes his place at number eight, with Charlie Ewels and David Sisi on the flanks either side of him. Luke Charteris and Dave Attwood continue their partnership in the engine room, whilst Henry Thomas makes his come back from injury alongside Ross Batty and Nick Auterac up front.

In the backs, Dan Bowden makes his first appearance of the season at 12, partnering Matt Banahan in the centre. Anthony Watson is named on the left wing with double try-scorer against Newcastle, Semesa Rokoduguni, on the right. Tom Homer is at fullback, with George Ford and Kahn Fotulai’i continuing their successful combination in the half-backs.

Director of Rugby, Todd Blackadder, said: “Leroy has been fantastic since he arrived. We’ve slotted him into a young back row to give us some experience and grunt from the base of the scrum. We’re looking forward to seeing how Dan Bowden, Anthony Watson and Henry Thomas go as they return from injury, and also how Matt Banahan goes at outside centre.

“Obviously we were really pleased with the result against Newcastle last weekend, but we’ve not got carried away this week. There is still lots for us to work on, and the squad have applied themselves really well as we’ve prepared for the visit of Worcester.”

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Bath Rugby team to face Worcester Warriors

15. Tom Homer

14. Semesa Rokoduguni

13. Matt Banahan

12. Dan Bowden

11. Anthony Watson

10. George Ford ( c )

9. Kahn Fotuali’i

1. Nick Auterac

2. Ross Batty

3. Henry Thomas

4. Luke Charteris

5. Dave Attwood

6. Charlie Ewels

7. David Sisi

8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn

17. Nathan Catt

18. Kane Palma-Newport

19. Elliott Stooke

20. Zach Mercer

21. Will Homer

22. Aled Brew

23. Jeff Williams

Unavailable for selection: Max Clark, Chris Cook, David Denton, Tom Ellis, Taulupe Faletau, Matt Garvey, Jonathan Joseph, Francois Louw, Niko Matawalu, Guy Mercer, Rhys Priestland, Jack Walker, David Wilson.


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