Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Great news!

Bath Rugby has received four-year planning consent for their stands at the Recreation Ground, including a new enhanced temporary West Stand and renewal of permissions for North, East and South Stands.

The consent, given at a B&NES Development Management Committee meeting today, will increase capacity at the Rec from 13,500 to 14,500 and will allow the Club to focus on working towards a permanent solution at the Rec.

Tarquin McDonald, Managing Director of Bath Rugby, said: “We are delighted with today’s decision. By consolidating planning for the next four years, we wish to move the debate away from planning around the temporary stands - which need to be renewed every year or two - and focus on working with all stakeholders within the City to produce a full development proposal. Bath Rugby remains committed to providing a world-class facility in the centre of Bath; one which provides enhanced use for the community and which reinvigorates the riverside area in the heart of the City."

McDonald added: "In the meantime, the much-needed redevelopment of the West Stand will provide our supporters with the best possible game experience, with improved sight lines, more leg room and enhanced facilities. In addition, the increased capacity will allow more people to enjoy rugby at the Rec and bring in an extra £5 million to the local economy over the life of the consent."


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Saturday, 6 February 2016

Half time lead thrown away again by Bath Rugby

The former Wales playmaker James Hook kicked five penalties as Gloucester fought back in difficult conditions to beat Bath 15-11 and leap to fifth place in the Premiership table – if just for 24 hours.

Losing at home to their West Country rivals is hard enough to bear but this was also Bath’s sixth defeat in a row in all competitions.

A meagre losing bonus point leaves last year’s free-scoring Premiership finalists languishing in ninth position, having lost seven of their 10 league games. Their points came from an early Dom Day try and two penalties by the full-back Tom Homer.


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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Bath Rugby is delighted to confirm the signing of second row Elliott Stooke from Aviva Premiership and West Country rivals Gloucester Rugby.

Bath Rugby is delighted to confirm the signing of second row Elliott Stooke from Aviva Premiership and West Country rivals Gloucester Rugby.

22-year-old Stooke has represented England throughout the age groups, including a call-up to the England Saxons in January 2014.

The lock, who originally hails from Worcester, has made nearly 70 appearances for the Cherry and Whites since his debut in the 2012/13 season, and has impressed with his hard work and influential play both in the tight and the loose.

“Elliott is a powerful athlete and we’re looking forward to seeing him continue his development with us here at Bath,” said Mike Ford, Head Coach at Bath Rugby. “He has a great skillset for a young player, along with a great attitude, and I have no doubt he’ll fit into the Club really well.”

Speaking of the move, Stooke commented: “It’s been a hard decision to make, but I’m really excited about the move to Bath. They’re an ambitious club, and the coaches work incredibly hard to help develop each individual player at the same time as making sure the team is growing. It’s a hugely talented squad to join up with, and it is a great environment for a young player like myself to be part of.

“I’d like to thank everyone associated with Gloucester for the support they have given me over the years, and I’ll be making sure I do all I can to play my part to make the rest of this season successful before I leave.”


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Saturday, 16 January 2016

A reminder of today's Bath Rugby team to face Leinster



15 Anthony Watson
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Matt Banahan
10 George Ford
9 Chris Cook
1 Max Lahiff
2 Rob Webber
3 David Wilson
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dominic Day
6 Matt Garvey
7 Francois Louw
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Ross Batty
17 Nick Auterac
18 Henry Thomas
19 Charlie Ewels
20 David Denton
21 Jonathan Evans
22 Rhys Priestland
23 Tom Homer


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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

David Wilson has extended his contract with Bath Rugby, the Club are very pleased to confirm.

One of the top tighthead props in English rugby, Wilson has become the cornerstone of the West Country side’s pack, making over 120 appearances since he joined ahead of the 2009/10 season.

“Bath is a great place to be right now, and I have a strong bond with the Club,” said Wilson. “There is a fantastic drive amongst the squad and coaches to succeed, and it’s exciting to be part of that. As a team we work hard to keep getting better, and I’m really looking forward to the coming seasons.”

A very powerful scrummager who is skilful with ball in hand in the loose, Wilson’s incredible work ethic and all-round game have seen him earn 44 caps for England, the most recent coming in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

First Team Coach, Neal Hatley, said: “Davey is the ultimate professional, and we’re really pleased that he’s staying at Bath. He’s an important member of the squad for us, not just for his scrummaging ability, but also the impacts he makes around the field and also his experience in the tight.”


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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Awesome news - Bath Rugby is delighted to confirm that centre Kyle Eastmond has renewed his contract with the Club.

Eastmond, 26, is widely regarded as one of the most exciting playmakers in the European game. As part of an outstanding Bath Rugby backline, he says the choice to stay at the Club was ultimately an easy one to make.

“I feel like we’ve started a really exciting time at Bath,” said Eastmond, who joined the Club from rugby league side St Helens in 2011. “I don’t think there are many rugby clubs with such a positive training and playing environment that’s focused on making us the best players we can be, which makes this the ideal place for me to be playing.”

“Kyle is a big part of our drive for success here at Bath Rugby, so I’m very happy he’s committed himself to the Club,” said Head Coach Mike Ford. “He’s part of a young backline here that’s already achieved some great things, but there is a lot more to come from them.”


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Friday, 8 January 2016

Bath Rugby team to face Toulon


15 Anthony Watson
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Matt Banahan
10 George Ford
9 Chris Cook
1 Nick Auterac
2 Rob Webber
3 David Wilson
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dominic Day
6 Matt Garvey
7 Francois Louw
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Ross Batty
17 Max Lahiff
18 Henry Thomas
19 Charlie Ewels
20 David Denton
21 Jonathan Evans
22 Rhys Priestland
23 Tom Homer


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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

It's been a cold dark winter for Bath Rugby but this bit of news will cheer you up!

Bath Rugby is delighted to announce that flanker Francois Louw has extended his contract with the Club.

The new extension means the South African will be with the West Country side until at least 2019.

“Francois is one of the best players in the world, and we’re obviously delighted that he’s staying with us,” said Head Coach, Mike Ford. “His playing ability speaks for itself, but he also brings huge amounts of leadership, experience and intelligence to the Club off the field, which are invaluable as we continue to develop.”

An integral and influential presence in the back row, Louw is highly regarded across the rugby world, especially for his ability to create havoc at the breakdown. He has made nearly 80 appearances for the Club, and won over 40 international caps for the Springboks – most recently at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

“I’m really excited to have extended my stay at Bath,” added Louw. “It is a great environment to be involved in, and also, importantly, my family are very happy and settled in the city. Everyone is committed to improving and being the best they can be here, and I’m looking forward to the next few years and playing my part in the Club’s future.”


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Friday, 1 January 2016

Bath Rugby have made three changes to the starting line-up that will take on Newcastle Falcons


15. Tom Homer

14. Horacio Agulla

13. Jonathan Joseph

12. Ollie Devoto

11. Matt Banahan

10. Rhys Priestland

9. Niko Matawalu

1. Nick Auterac

2. Ross Batty

3. Henry Thomas

4. Matt Garvey

5. Charlie Ewels

6. Leroy Houston

7. Guy Mercer ( c )

8. David Denton

Replacements

16. Rob Webber

17. Max Lahiff

18. David Wilson

19. Dominic Day

20. Francois Louw

21. Jonathan Evans

22. George Ford

23. Anthony Watson


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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Bath Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of Japan number eight, Amanaki Mafi.


Mafi will arrive at Bath at the end of January, once the Japanese season has concluded, with his contract running until the end of the 2015/16 season.

The dynamic back row shot to recognition during this year’s Rugby World Cup, where he played a starring role for the Brave Blossoms, scoring against Scotland and the USA.

Talking about the move, Mafi said: “I’m really looking forward to arriving at Bath. They are a very compelling side to watch play, and I know that joining them will be the best environment for me to continue developing my game. I’m also looking forward to a new adventure in England. I’ve had a great time in Japan, and would like to thank everyone at NTT Shining Arc for their support.”

“Amanaki is a talented young player who had a great Rugby World Cup, and we’re excited to see what he can do in a Bath jersey,” said Head Coach, Mike Ford. “We have some very good players in our back row already, but we’re always looking to strengthen the squad, and Amanaki will give us another option in a hugely competitive position.”


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