Monday, 14 April 2014

Citings and hearings following West Country derby...

Gloucester players Tavis Knoyle and Sila Puafisi will appear before a RFU Disciplinary Panel in London on Wednesday following Saturday's Aviva Premiership match against Bath.

Knoyle has been charged with striking Bath Rugby's Leroy Houston contrary to Law 10 (4)(a).
Puafisi has been charged with committing a dangerous tackle on Bath's Nick Abendanon contrary to Law 10 (4)(e).
The hearings will take place at a London hotel in front of a panel of the RFU Head of Rugby Judiciary Sir James Dingemans (chair), Jeremy Summers and Liz Riley.

In addition, Abendanon and Paul James have been given post-match Level One citings - the equivalent of a foul play yellow card - for striking Knoyle and a stamp on Shaun Knight respectively. No hearings will be held for these citings.

The RFU is continuing to liaise with Gloucester following the club's investigation into the throwing of an empty soft drink bottle towards the tunnel area as the match officials exited the field following the final whistle.

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Schoolboy threw plastic bottle at officials

Gloucester have announced that an investigation has confirmed a bottle was thrown at match officials from the crowd at the end of Saturday's feisty derby match with Bath, but that it was a plastic soft-drink bottle.

The club, who are already facing an RFU investigation after finishing the game with 11 men on the field, said they had established " a bottle was thrown towards the tunnel area from seats occupied by a group of teenage boys on an escorted rugby tour. The individuals, were on a day out, accompanied by their school teachers, which included watching the game.

"The individual concerned has admitted to the act, and is extremely remorseful about his actions. Gloucester Rugby are liaising with the club and individual with regards to appropriate action being taken.

"Gloucester Rugby would like to stress that the individual involved is neither a member or regular supporter of the club."

Source: ESPN

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

RFU to investigate West Country derby

The Rugby Football Union will launch an investigation into yesterday's extraordinary match between Gloucester and Bath, which ended with a mass punch-up and a fan reportedly throwing a bottle at referee Tim Wigglesworth.

In an ill-tempered West Country derby at Kingsholm, trouble that had been brewing all game finally boiled over after Bath were awarded a last-minute penalty try that, with George Ford's conversion, meant they won 18-17.

Gloucester scrum-half Tavis Knoyle, on as a replacement, threw several punches at Bath's Leroy Houston, sparking a brawl between the two sides. Knoyle was subsequently sent off, making him the second Gloucester player to be shown a red card in the afternoon, prop Sila Puafisi having already been banished to the sidelines after a high tackle on Nick Abendanon.

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Friday, 11 April 2014

Bath Rugby team to face Gloucester

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Matt Banahan
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Horacio Agulla
10. George Ford
9. Micky Young
1. Paul James
2. Ross Batty
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Matt Garvey
7. Carl Fearns
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn
17. Nathan Catt
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Dominic Day
20. Guy Mercer
21. Peter Stringer
22. Gavin Henson
23. Anthony Watson

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

It's official: Henson extends Bath Rugby contract

Bath Rugby is happy to announce that Gavin Henson has this week signed a one year extension to his Club contract.

32-year-old, 33 times-capped Welsh international Henson has proved an extremely useful addition to what is a very strong Bath squad, covering all of four positions. While he has played most of his rugby at inside centre, he is comfortable at fly-half, outside centre and fullback, making him a valuable asset.

Henson commented: "I'm very happy to be staying. This is a top club and I feel excited about what this group of players can achieve. It is great to be part of it and I feel proud at the thought of playing more rugby for Bath."
Head Coach Mike Ford added: "Gavin is a real professional. Everything he does is about being as well prepared as possible for every session and match. He is experienced, talented and versatile in equal measure, so we are very pleased to have him with us for another year."

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Squad player Henson set to stay at Bath despite interest from the Dragons

Gavin Henson has earned a one-year contract extension at Bath after rejecting the option of a move back to Wales to join the Dragons.

The 32-year-old centre has failed to settle and establish himself at a club since returning from a career sabbatical in 2010.

Having been unable to secure a regular first-team place at the Rec this season, he appeared destined to move on yet again, but Sportsmail understands that the double Grand Slam-winner has done enough to convince Bath to offer him a new deal.

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Travel advice for Saturday

Bath Rugby would like to make all supporters travelling to this Saturday's derby game against Gloucester aware that travel may be affected on the day.

We have been advised by First Great Western that planned engineering works on Saturday will mean that the railway will be closed between Gloucester and Swindon/Bristol Parkway. Buses will replace trains on both these routes.

Cross Country will be running and hourly service between Gloucester and Bristol via Newport.

In addition, Kingsholm Road will be closed between 12.00 and 18.00, and the actual closure will be between Alvin Street and Sebert Street.

For those who are interested and have purchased or have been allocated parking at the ground, they will be able to access the main car park between 10.00 and 12.00 prior to the closure being put into force. Once in force, access to the main car park will be permitted via Skinner Street up until 13.30, when a lock down will be put in place until 30 minutes after the final whistle.
Due to this, we advise you plan accordingly to ensure you're there in good time to cheer the boys on in this massive derby day game!

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Gavin Henson "not joining" Newport Gwent Dragons - is new Bath Rugby deal imminent?

Coach Lyn Jones has confirmed that Gavin Henson will not be joining Newport Gwent Dragons for next season, with the Welsh star looking set to stay on at Bath Rugby.

Jones said in his Tuesday press conference that Henson's future would become clear on Wednesday but that it would not involve the Dragons, according to Wales Online.

Henson - who was man of the match in Sunday's Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final victory over Brive - is known to be settled at The Rec and in his home in Bradford on Avon.

Bath head coach Mike Ford was non-committal about Henson when questioned by reporters after the Brive game but it is believed the club have offered the Welshman an extension to his one-year deal.

Source: Bath Chronicle

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Friday, 4 April 2014

Bath Rugby team to face Brive

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Horacio Agulla
13. Matt Banahan
12. Gavin Henson
11. Semesa Rokoduguni
10. George Ford
9. Micky Young
1. Nathan Catt
2. Ross Batty
3. Anthony Perenise
4. Dominic Day
5. Dave Attwood ( c )
6. Matt Garvey
7. Guy Mercer
8. Carl Fearns

Replacements:

16. Tom Dunn
17. Paul James
18. David Wilson
19. Stuart Hooper
20. Leroy Houston
21. Martin Roberts
22. Kyle Eastmond
23. Anthony Watson

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Pirlas joins Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby are pleased to announce the signing of Georgian back-rower Olof Pirlas with immediate effect ahead of the 2014/15 season.

The 24-year-old, who will provide timely cover for injured Samoan international Alafoti Fa’osiliva, joins the Club from Lokomotivi Tbilisi, who play in the Georgian Premier Division.

Bath won Pirlas’ signature after strong interest from Top 14 clubs including Toulon and Clermont Auvergne. He is a former Georgian U20 Greco-Roman wrestling champion, and until 2011 was a member of Georgia’s Special Forces Brigade.

Pirlas has reportedly turned down an offer to join the senior Georgian national team, with an eye on possibly playing for England – he qualifies through his mother, who was born in Portsmouth.

“We’re really pleased to be signing Olof,” says Bath forwards coach Neal Hatley, who spotted Pirlas on a recent scouting trip to Georgia and Romania. “There aren’t many 20-stone, 6’5” players who can do a job effectively across the back row. He’s a bit raw and we’ll need to harness that aggression, but he’s a bright prospect.”

The Club has suggested that Pirlas could make his debut as soon as the Amlin Challenge Cup Quarter-Final between Bath and Brive on Sunday 6th April.

Tickets for the all-important European clash between Bath and Brive are available now from the Bath Rugby Ticket Office. To book your seats buy online, phone 0844 448 1865 or visit the Ticket Office on Pulteney Bridge.

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