Friday, 31 December 2010

Bath team to face London Irish

Bath team to play Irish on New Years Day

15. Jack Cuthbert
14. Matt Carraro
13. Olly Barkley
12. Shontayne Hape
11. Matt Banahan
10. Butch James
9. Michael Claassens
1. David Barnes
2. Lee Mears
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper
5. Danny Grewcock
6. Luke Watson (C)
7. Lewis Moody
8. Simon Taylor

Replacements

16. Pieter Dixon
17. Duncan Bell
18. Aaron Jarvis
19. Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe
20. Ben Skirving
21. Mark McMillan
22. Sam Vesty
23. Nick Abendanon BlogBooster-The most productive way for mobile blogging. BlogBooster is a multi-service blog editor for iPhone, Android, WebOs and your desktop

Thursday, 30 December 2010

This Is Bath - 'Bath rugby still playing catch up after drugs scandal' and other Chronicle articles

Steve Meehan says Bath Rugby are "playing catch-up" as the club seeks to assemble its dream squad.
The head coach has revealed the sudden departure of four players amid a storm of drug accusations in June 2009 threw the club's "succession plan" into disarray – and that the after-effects continue.
Bath lost co-captains Michael Lipman and Alex Crockett to the allegations but it has arguably been the exits of lock forward Justin Harrison and wing Andrew Higgins that hit Bath the hardest.

 Bath Rugby are still playing catch-up after drugs scandal, says Meehan

Skipper Watson returns for Bath Rugby's trip to Exiles

No excuses as staff pitch in to help Bath Rugby squad prepare

COMPETITION: Win tickets for Aironi's first visit to The Rec

Flatman aiming to uncover sporting talent of future

TOM BRADSHAW: Grand Fightback Part II is delayed a week by big freeze

PETER SHORT: New Year's Day win can spark better form

FAN'S VIEW: Bath Rugby's recovery is not inevitable



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Bath Rugby to offer Kyle Eastmond £200,000 a year deal!

BATH are ready to offer St Helens' Super League star Kyle Eastmond a whopping £200,000-a-year deal to switch codes.

And with millionaire owner Bruce Craig bankrolling the Aviva Premiership outfit, the 21-year-old half-back will be tempted to move when his contract runs out next year.

Read more...

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Bath Rugby Inside Out goes mobile!

More and more users are accessing the web on smartphones, and I want to make sure that Bath Rugby Inside Out still look nice when viewed on these smaller screens. Therefore the Bath Rugby Inside Out mobile version has been created, which will automatically detect if a blog is accessed on a smartphone and then display a mobile-optimized version.


I hope you like this feature, let me know what you think.

(I you want to return to a normal web display on your smartphone there is a button you can press at the bottom of the mobile page)

Sunday, 26 December 2010

David Flatman's Independent Column

It is that time of year again. A time to relax, appreciate all that we have and reflect on the events that led us to this point of festive bliss. At Christmas – and only at Christmas – do we seem able to recall the year's less pleasant periods and, instead of rueing them, dismiss them with a roll of the eyeballs and wash them away with another swig of mulled wine. It is a time to remember and forgive.

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Moody ready to take on the world!

England's captain has played in two World Cup finals but he still relishes the excitement before kick-off and is now an old hand at beating Aussies. Hugh Godwin meets Lewis Moody


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Thursday, 23 December 2010

Bath Rugby V Exeter - POSTPONED

The Aviva Premiership Rugby match between Bath Rugby and Exeter Chiefs, scheduled to take place on Sunday 26th December 2010, has been postponed due to a frozen pitch at The Recreation Ground.

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This Is Bath - Rec plans, 'No coaching staff change' and more...

The first signs have emerged that a new stadium for Bath Rugby at The Rec may involve the demolition of the city's sports and leisure centre.
A new consultation exercise is about to be launched on future of the city centre land as the rugby club develops ideas for a new arena.
Bath and North East Somerset Council which owns the leisure centre, says it is prepared to relocate it if Bath Rugby comes up with the right financial deal.

Sports centre may go under new Bath Rugby plan for The Rec

No change to Bath Rugby coaching staff for now, says Blofeld

FAN'S VIEW: Food for thought after another disappointing Euro exit

TOM BRADSHAW: There will be sweaty palms if history fails to repeat itself

Mears looks to follow Regan's lead and return from the wilderness

Mercer faces six weeks on the sidelines after breaking his thumb

Butch: "We need to get the basics right to get back on track"

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: Bath Rugby players get into the spirit of the season

Hooker is not a fan of scrum-time 'lottery'

PETER SHORT: Panto stars possess the 'triple threat'

COMPETITION: See Bath Rugby take on Leeds at The Rec

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butch to leave Bath Rugby

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Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Your Christmas questions to the Bath Rugby players

This month we asked you for the questions for our BRTV interview. Here they are, with the boys modeling some Christmas gift ideas!

Can you spot the question from me??
Although they did call me 'Bath Rugby In and Out' ;)



Saturday, 18 December 2010

Game On!

Today's Heineken Cup match against Ulster Rugby will go ahead as planned.
Thanks to some tireless work by volunteers to help clearing the snow around the Rec, today's game will go ahead as planned.
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Bath V Ulster is STILL ON!

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Friday, 17 December 2010

Weather updates - Bath V Ulster

With the inclement weather there are numerous enquiries about tomorrow's game and the likelihood of it going ahead.

 

Under ERC rulings one of the following would happen and we are in touch so we can make any decision as early as possible and let everyone know as soon as we do.

1. If Ulster make it to Bath but late, the game will be played at some stage over the weekend as soon as practically possible;
2. If Ulster make it and the pitch is playable but there are serious concerns over crowd safety, the game should be played behind closed doors;
3. If Ulster make it but our pitch is not playable then we would move to an alternative venue for Sunday (this is likely to be Llanelli).

 

Nick Blofled



More info at www.bathrugby.com

Bath team to face Ulster this Saturday

Bath Rugby team to face Ulster Rugby

 

15 Jack Cuthbert
14 Matt Carraro
13 Olly Barkley
12 Shontayne Hape
11 Matt Banahan
10 Butch James
9 Michael Claassens (C)
1 David Flatman
2 Lee Mears
3 David Wilson
4 Stuart Hooper
5 Danny Grewcock
6 Andy Beattie
7 Lewis Moody
8 Simon Taylor

 

Replacements

 

16 Pieter Dixon
17 David Barnes
18 Duncan Bell
19 Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe
20 Ben Skirving
21 Mark McMillan
22 Sam Vesty
23 Nick Abendanon

Consultation to be launched "within days" over future of The Rec

New proposals on what land at The Recreation Ground could potentially be used by Bath Rugby in the future are to be put forward within days.

The Recreation Ground Trust, the organisation which administers The Rec on behalf of the Charity Commission, is to embark on an eight-week consultation.

 

Consultation to be launched "within days" over future of The Rec

Bath V Ulster still on!

Bath Rugby would like to confirm that as far as they are concerned the Heineken Cup game against Ulster this Saturday will go ahead as planned.

A protective tent has been erected over the pitch, meaning it will be protected from the predicted weather. We are also working hard with the Local Authority to ensure that all approaches to the Rec are kept clear and safe.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

This Is Bath - Is Claassens leaving in the summer? and other stories.

Bath Rugby are engaged in intensive negotiations with Michael Claassens as they seek to avoid a third Springbok leaving the club at the end of the season.

The club has been in talks with last year's captain since the summer over his future at The Rec.

 

Bath bid to stop exit of third Springbok

Student Scott happy to be learning on and off the field

'Smashing' sessions set the tone for Ulster showdown

FAN'S VIEW: Italians' shock win preserves European hopes – for now

Carraro frustrated by lack of ball

TOM BRADSHAW: Michael Lynagh or Barry John, anyone?

PETER SHORT: Spare time is Flashing by

If you pass it we will score, says Bath Rugby outside back Matt Carraro

The Australian believes the calls being made by inside backs Sam Vesty and Olly Barkley are the right ones, but that Bath's lack of ball is choking the club's creativity.

Bath's set-piece has been vulnerable all season. And while the lineout was solid enough against Ulster on Saturday, Bath were frequently penalised at the scrum as they slumped to their fourth straight loss.

 

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Butch is back!

The sound of cavalry mustering can be heard quite clearly at the Rec this week. Butch James is back in the saddle and training fully for the first time this season. Though news of the 2007 World Cup winner's return comes with the usual caveats about not risking a player who was less than 100%, Bath's skills coach Brad Davies seems happy to suggest he is in line to play against Ulster in the Heineken Cup on Saturday.

 

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http://tiny.cc/s19zw

Monday, 13 December 2010

James Hook to Bath??

Hook is leaving the Ospreys at the end of the season and wants to go to France to play at fly-half, although Bath are ready to offer him a £1m contract as the replacement for Butch James, who looks certain to return to South Africa next summer, a year before his contract ends at the Recreation Ground.

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Sunday, 12 December 2010

David Flatman: Gospel truth? Luke Watson's a Godlike genius

Let's face it, we've all got an opinion on Luke Watson. When his signing for Bath was announced last season he instantly became an enigma, a man admired by some but acerbically berated by others.

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Ulster V Bath - Match reports and reaction

Despite defeat at Ravenhill, Bath Rugby are still very much in contention after securing a losing bonus point from the game. Final Score 22-18


Some rare winter sunshine greeted Bath as they ran out onto the pitch at Ravenhill for the third round Heineken Cup fixture, as Olly Barkley led the side out to commemorate his 200th appearance in the Blue, Black and White.

Bath Rugby
Daily Mail
This is Bath - Meehan
This is Bath - Moody

Friday, 10 December 2010

Bath team to face Ulster this weekend

Bath Rugby team to face Ulster Rugby -

15. Jack Cuthbert
14. Matt Carraro
13. Matt Banahan
12. Shontayne Hape
11. Tom Biggs
10. Sam Vesty
9. Michael Claassens (C)
1. David Flatman
2. Lee Mears
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper
5. Danny Grewcock
6. Andy Beattie
7. Lewis Moody
8. Simon Taylor

 

Replacements

16. Pieter Dixon
17. David Barnes
18. Duncan Bell
19. Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe
20. Ben Skirving
21. Mark McMillan
22. Olly Barkley
23. Nick Abendanon

Transfer rumours!

Bath are ready to offer England centre Shontayne Hape a new contract after vowing to keep hold of Springbok fly-half Butch James, at least until the end of the season.

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Thursday, 9 December 2010

This is Bath - Watson's reasons for leaving and is Butch on his way back to SA too?

Bath Rugby have fended off an attempt by the Johannesburg-based Golden Lions to get Butch James back in South Africa – but only for the time being.

A delegation from the club flew to England last week and held meetings with James and Bath chief executive Nick Blofeld. Their aim was to extricate the World Cup-winning fly-half from his Bath contract, which runs until 2012, so he could return to his hometown in time for the start of the Super 15 competition in February.

 

Bath Rugby set to lose Butch James after fresh Lions bid

No surprise to see Luke follow his cause

Luke Watson: "Decision to leave Bath Rugby was the hardest of my life"

Trio miss Ulster redemption bid but England stars return to fold

COMPETITION: Win tickets for sell-out Bath v Chiefs showdown

PETER SHORT: Just what did I say to that nurse?

McMillan enjoys Claass rivalry for number nine shirt

FAN'S VIEW: Why Barkley is my hunch for Bath Rugby's new captain

TOM BRADSHAW: Time for pragmatism, not sensationalism

Bath fan Fenner gets tips from Barbarians' best

Bath must win away from home!

Bath Rugby travel to Ravenhill on Saturday to meet Ulster Rugby with Olly Barkley set to play his 200th game for the club - and warning they must win on the road if they hope to qualify for the Heineken Cup quarter-finals.

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Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Bath Rugby on TV

All of our fixtures, home and away, between the 11th February and the 5th March will be covered by either Sky or ESPN. BlogBooster-The most productive way for mobile blogging. BlogBooster is a multi-service blog editor for iPhone, Android, WebOs and your desktop

Monday, 6 December 2010

Luke Watson leaves Bath path open to approach Leicester's Tom Croft

The reason for Bath's pursuit of the Leicester and England flanker Tom Croft became evident today when the West Country club's captain, Luke Watson, announced that he will return to South Africa at the end of the season. The Springbok back rower will join the Eastern Province Kings on a three-year contract.

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Sad news - Luke Watson to leave Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby can confirm that Luke Watson will be leaving the club at the end of the season. Share

He is returning to South Africa to play for Eastern Province.

Good luck Luke, you will be missed!

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Saturday, 4 December 2010

Bath Rugby interested in signing Tom Croft!?

Leicester Tigers are preparing to fend off an audacious bid from Bath for their star England flanker Tom Croft.

Having prised flanker Lewis Moody and utility back Sam Vesty away from Welford Road in the summer, Bath are now lining up a raid for Croft, the Mercury understands.

Read more...

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Bath Rugby appoints city architects to draw up new Rec stadium plan

Bath Rugby has appointed an architects practice from the city to draw up plans for a new stadium at the Recreation Ground.

 

The announcement that award-winning firm Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) has been picked to progress its long-awaited new arena scheme offers yet more confirmation that the club is determined to carve out a future at its historic home.

 

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http://tiny.cc/egey6

Newcastle game postponed

Bath Rugby's game scheduled to take place away to Newcastle Falcons this Friday, 3rd December, has been postponed.

Whilst significant investments have been made in pitch protection, more snow is forecast for overnight in Newcastle, and so in addition to concerns over the pitch, there were significant concerns about spectator safety at the ground

With an additional five centimetres of snow forecast for Newcastle this evening, an early postponement was considered the best option to avoid unnecessary travelling for supporters, players, officials and the media.

 

We have been advised by the Newcastle Falcons Ticket Office that any tickets purchased will be valid for the rearranged fixture. If you have any queries please contact the Newcastle Ticket Office on 0871 226 60 60.

 

See The Bath Rugby Website for more information...

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Four commit to Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby is delighted to confirm that David Wilson, Stuart Hooper, Nathan Catt and Andy Beattie have all extended their contracts with the club.

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Monday, 29 November 2010

Bath V Wasps match reports and reaction

Bath Rugby suffered Aviva Premiership disappointment at The Rec for the second time in a week as London Wasps claimed an 11-6 victory on a bitterly cold evening.

Sky Sports
Meehan - We lacked punch

Bath Rugby
Bath Rugby ERE

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Geech to be made director if rugby at Bath!

Bath Rugby are poised to make Sir Ian McGeechan the club's director of rugby. McGeechan arrived at the club over the summer on a three-year deal, taking up the post of performance director and working alongside head coach Steve Meehan. Read more... BlogBooster-The most productive way for mobile blogging. BlogBooster is a multi-service blog editor for iPhone, Android, WebOs and your desktop

Friday, 26 November 2010

Bath Team to face London Wasps

Bath Team to face London Wasps - Sat, Kick-off 5.30pm.

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Nick Scott
13. Jack Cuthbert
12. Olly Barkley
11. Tom Biggs
10. Sam Vesty
9. Michael Claassens (C)
1. David Flatman
2. Lee Mears
3. Duncan Bell
4. Stuart Hooper
5. Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe
6. Ben Skirving
7. Guy Mercer
8. Simon Taylor

 

Replacements

16. Pieter Dixon
17. David Barnes
18. Aaron Jarvis
19. Peter Short
20. Josh Ovens
21. Mark McMillan
22. Paul Roberts
23. Jacques Boussuge

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Video interview - Meehan

Head coach Steve Meehan plays down Bath's recent inconsistency and tells BBC Radio Bristol that a run of wins will see them back in the play-off picture.

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Chronicle articles - Butch is back!

Butch James is back in training with Bath Rugby and set for a pre-Christmas return on the European stage. The Springbok playmaker trained with the squad yesterday, with cries of 'he's still got it' ringing in his ears. Follow this link for all this weeks Bath Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby: click here BlogBooster-The most productive way for mobile blogging. BlogBooster is a multi-service blog editor for iPhone, Android, WebOs and your desktop

Sunday, 21 November 2010

You can't throw away a 13 point lead!!!!!

Bath Rugby slipped to another loss in the Aviva Premiership today after a lacklustre and error-ridden second half condemned them to defeat against Saracens.

Bath are now four games without a win in the Premiership. Today’s match followed a familiar pattern for fans, with the side starting brightly before dropping badly off the pace in the second half.

This Is Bath
Bath Rugby
Premier Rugby
Telegraph

Flatman Column - The Independent

A question we players are often asked is how it feels to hop from one competition to another. Well, the truth is that it makes us all feel very unsettled and nervous, like unwanted puppies being shipped from kennel to kennel. David Flatman BlogBooster-The most productive way for mobile blogging. BlogBooster is a multi-service blog editor for iPhone, Android, WebOs and your desktop

Bath to win by 5 points??



Sky Bet have the following odds:

Match Result
Bath 8/15
Draw 18/1
Sarries 6/4

Handicap betting
-5 Bath 10/11
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Friday, 19 November 2010

Bath Rugby team to face Saracens this Sunday

Bath Rugby team to face Saracens

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Jack Cuthbert
13. Matt Carraro
12. Olly Barkley
11. Tom Biggs
10. Sam Vesty
9. Michael Claassens (C)
1. David Flatman
2. Lee Mears
3. Duncan Bell
4. Stuart Hooper
5. Danny Grewcock
6. Andy Beattie
7. Simon Taylor
8. Ben Skirving

Replacements
16. Pieter Dixon
17. Nathan Catt
18. Aaron Jarvis
19. Ignacio Fernandez-Lobbe
20. Josh Ovens
21. Guy Mercer
22. Mark McMillan
23. Nick Scott

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Bath Rugby line up Mark Chisholm and Dave Attwood

Experienced Australia international Mark Chisholm is being lined up by Bath Rugby as a muscular addition to the club's second row.

The Chronicle understands that negotiations with the 56-cap Wallaby are advanced, with the 29-year-old having visited Bath's Farleigh Hungerford headquarters for talks.

 

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Bath Rugby targeting three on the trot

Bath Rugby are targeting three wins on the bounce as they embark on the next leg of the Aviva Premiership.

The Premiership is a long, long road but last year's skipper Michael Claassens – who may well lead the side again on Sunday in the continued absence of club captain Luke Watson – believes the next three-week slot is a critical juncture in the season.

 

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Why Flatman's not getting in a Catt flap

David Flatman has always had a nice line in deadpan humour, particularly when it comes to ribbing his fellow front-rowers.

But he's deadly serious when we get on to the topic of Nathan Catt.

 

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It's smiles better for England skipper Lewis Moody

Lewis Moody may be known as Mad Dog but Cheshire Cat would have been more apt after the Bath Rugby flanker captained England to their sensational win over Australia.

Moody was grinning from ear to ear after his team's 35-18 win – and admitted the scintillating manner of the victory had enthused even an old-timer like himself.

 

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TOM BRADSHAW: Tough choice at number 12

Shontayne Hape underscored on Saturday that inside centre is his position. He has played more games for Bath at 13 than he has at 12 but – as he showed for England on Saturday – it is as a hard-tackling, hard-carrying, space-creating, off-loading inside centre where his vocation in the 15-man code lies

 

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FAN'S VIEW: Club versus country row needs to be resolved

It's back to the Premiership for Bath on Sunday as the league programme collides with another international weekend.

While coming as no surprise to head coaches of top English clubs it does, as usual, provide a significant number of selection headaches

 

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http://tiny.cc/4yrzo 

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

England to set Matt Banahan and Shontayne Hape loose against Samoa

Martin Johnson is set to change a winning team tomorrow and offer some of his fringe squad members the chance to impress against Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday. The England starting XV to be named at lunchtime will retain the core of the team who defeated Australia 35-18 but Johnson is expected to give some of his Wallaby-beaters a rest to ensure their readiness to face South Africa on Saturday week.

 

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http://tiny.cc/qyn7z

Bath centre Nick Scott targets first-team role

Bath academy centre Nick Scott says his debut start for the club has made him more determined to be involved in the first-team squad.

 

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http://tiny.cc/rsfy0

Monday, 15 November 2010

Matt Banahan to feature for England against Samoa

Bath Rugby bulldozer Matt Banahan is poised to pull on an England number 13 shirt for the first time for Saturday’s clash with Samoa.

England team manager Martin Johnson has told Bath head coach Steve Meehan that the 6ft 7in outside back will feature in the next Investec Autumn International.

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Bath Rugby take losing bonus point from Adams Park

Bath Rugby came away from a very wet Adams Park with a losing bonus point after a closely fought match saw London Wasps sneak an 18-16 victory in the second round of the LV= Cup.

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Saturday, 13 November 2010

Wasps V Bath match odds!

Match Result
Wasps 4/11
Drawn Match 18/1
Bath 11/5

Handicap Betting
-7 Wasps 10/11
Handicap Draw 16/1
+7 Bath 10/11

Friday, 12 November 2010

Bath team to face London Wasps this Sunday in the LV Cup.

Bath Rugby side travels to Adams Park to take on London Wasps, Sunday 14th November, kick-off 3.00pm.

 

Bath Rugby team to face London Wasps.

15. Jack Cuthbert

14. Jacques Boussuge

13. Matt Banahan (C)

12. Matt Carraro

11. Tom Biggs

10. Sam Vesty

9. Mark McMillan

1. David Flatman

2. Lee Mears

3. Aaron Jarvis

4. Ignacio Fernandez-Lobbe

5. Peter Short

6. Josh Ovens

7. Guy Mercer

8. Ben Skirving

 

Replacements

16. Ross Batty

17. David Barnes

18. Duncan Bell

19. Danny Grewcock

20. Will Skuse

21. Michael Claassens

22. Paul Roberts

23. Nick Scott

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Cuthbert looks to Nick shirt after cup show

Jack Cuthbert has his sights on prising the number 15 jersey off Nick Abendanon after an inspired performance against Cardiff Blues, writes Tom Bradshaw.

Cuthbert delivered a near-impeccable showing in the LV= Cup opener at The Rec – a display which earned him a hearty pat on the back from head coach Steve Meehan.

 

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Bath Rugby use palatial headquarters to lure top forwards

A procession of top players' agents have visited Bath Rugby's palatial new HQ, Farleigh House, as the club seeks to entice some of the world's best forwards to The Rec.

Players' representatives from England and Wales, as well a West Country-based agent who represents a raft of South African players, are understood to have visited the club's 130-acre base in Farleigh Hungerford

 

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http://tiny.cc/4poz9

Ovens aims to turn up the heat on internationals

You would forgive young Bath Rugby flanker Josh Ovens if he were daunted at the prospect of trying to muscle his way into an all-international back row.

But the 21-year-old is unfazed, writes Pete Thompson

 

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PETER SHORT: Brave fans gave us a big lift

Everyone involved on Friday night was very happy to get a victory under our belts.

It was a pleasing result given the number of changes, a fairly short turnaround from Monday's United fixture and the arrival of some good old November weather.

 

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http://tiny.cc/101mr 

Meehan: "Banahan is a Bath captain in the making"

Matt Banahan has been identified as a potential leader of the future after skippering Bath Rugby to victory in their Anglo-Welsh Cup opener.

The 23-year-old was handed the armband for the first time on Friday night in the absence of club captain Luke Watson and last year's skipper Michael Claassens.

 

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Mears expects angry reaction from Wasps

Fit-again hooker Lee Mears is warning of a Wasps backlash when Bath Rugby travel to Adams Park this weekend for the LV= Cup.

The last time the two sides met was in the Premiership in April, when Bath humiliated the black and golds at Twickenham.

 

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Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Bath Rugby skipper Luke Watson on the mend after 'whiplash' injury

Bath Rugby skipper Luke Watson is suffering from a neck injury similar to that suffered by the victims of ‘whiplash’ driving accidents, writes Tom Bradshaw.

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Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Lewis Moody an injury worry for England ahead of Wallabies test

A question mark is hanging over Lewis Moody's participation in England's clash with Australia on Saturday after he complained of a sore head following the weekend's loss to New Zealand.

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Premiership Rugby Fan Survey 2010

This season we are once again running the Premiership Rugby Fan Survey; a league-wide feedback survey where we canvas the opinion of supporters on everything from the matchday experience and the clubs' facilities to their favourite ways to engage with Premiership Rugby.

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I was denied by a shoulder charge, not a tackle – Hape

Shontayne Hape believes England should have been awarded a penalty try in the tense closing stages of the defeat to New Zealand after he was taken out by Isaia Toeava

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Saturday, 6 November 2010

Bath Rugby V Cardiff Blue match reports and reaction

Bath Rugby turned on explosive display and sent Cardiff Blues back to Wales pointless, final score 29-19.

A wet and windy Guy Fawkes Friday evening set the backdrop for Bath's first encounter in the LV= Cup. A dedicated Bath crowd of 11,911 (the second ever largest crowd in the Club's history) filled a sodden Rec with the sound of fireworks going off all around the city.

Bath Rugby
This is Bath
This is Bath - Meehan

'Thanks to all the supporters that came down and stuck it out in the rain for us tonight. Wicked to see so many young lads get their debut's.'
Barkley (Twitter)

'Well done to all the boys in the wet tonight. And well done to all the 11,500 fans who braved the conditions, awesome!'
Hooper (Twitter)

'Well done Bath! Great result. Awesome team. Awesome fans!! Good night at the Rec... Despite the weather ; )'
Watson (Twitter)

Awesome support as always at the rec tonight in the rain! Gutted to pick up knock before half but Good win in those conditions!
McMillan (Twitter)

Friday, 5 November 2010

Tonights odds and LV cup odds...

Match result
Bath 1/7
Drawn Match 20/1
Cardiff 4/1

Handicap Betting
-12 Bath 4/5
HCap Tie +12 16/1
+12 Cardiff evens

Bath to Win the LV cup - 7/1

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Bath team to face Cardiff Blues on Friday night

Bath Rugby team to face Cardiff Blues

15. Jack Cuthbert

14. Jacques Boussuge

13. Matt Banahan (c)

12. Ben Williams

11. Tom Biggs

10. Olly Barkley

9. Mark McMillan

1. David Flatman

2. Ross Batty

3. Duncan Bell

4. John van der Giessen

5. Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe

6. Josh Ovens

7. Guy Mercer

8. Ben Skirving

 

Replacements

16. Lee Mears

17. David Barnes

18. Aaron Jarvis

19. Peter Short

20. Will Skuse

21. Chris Cook

22. Paul Roberts

23. Nick Scott

Bath Rugby targets The Rec again

Bath Rugby admitted this week that its search to find an alternative city centre site for its new 25,000-seat stadium had proved virtually impossible – and that the emphasis had returned to developing its current home at The Rec

 

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EXCLUSIVE: Hape boosted by Guscott guidance ahead of All Blacks clash

Shontayne Hape has been taking tips from Bath, England and British Lions legend Jerry Guscott as he prepares for his first international Test at Twickenham.

 

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Barkley makes fly-half switch for Cardiff clash

Olly Barkley will play his first game at fly-half for Bath Rugby since rejoining the club 17 months ago when the club kicks off its Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign tomorrow.

With Sam Vesty being rested after making nine consecutive competitive starts for Bath since signing from Leicester over the summer, Barkley will take the number ten shirt.

 

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Peter Short poised for comeback in Anglo-Welsh Cup

After four-and-a-half months on the sidelines following knee surgery, Peter Short is set to feature in two games in five days.

The 31-year-old made a cameo appearance in Bath United's 45-3 win over Gloucester A on Monday and will feature in tomorrow night's Anglo-Welsh Cup clash with Cardiff Blues.

 

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Bath Rugby awaits verdict on Luke Watson's injury

Bath Rugby were yesterday unable to put a date on the length of time skipper Luke Watson is likely to spend on the sidelines following the neck injury he suffered against Harlequins.

 

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Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Moody to lead England against All Blacks

Bath Rugby flanker Lewis Moody has been selected to lead England against the All Blacks this Saturday, with fellow Bath players Shontayne Hape and David Wilson also in the squad.

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Monday, 1 November 2010

Peter Short to make his return!

There are some familiar faces amongst the Bath United side tonight, as they look to get their first win of the season against Gloucester A, at the Recreation Ground, kick-off 7.15pm.

Bath United team to face Gloucester A
15. Jack Cuthbert
14. Nick Scott
13. Ben Williams
12. Ben Mosses
11. Jacques Boussuge
10. Paul Roberts
9. Mark McMillan
1. David Barnes (Capt.)
2. Ross Batty
3. Aaron Jarvis
4. Jamie Collins
5. John van der Giessen
6. Josh Ovens
7. Guy Mercer
8. Will Skuse

Replacements
16. Ted Stagg
17. Max Ashcroft
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Peter Short
20. Joe Ellyatt
21. Chris Cook
22. Ollie Woodburn
23. Chris Lewis

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Moody ready for the fray

Lewis Moody is ready to lead England against New Zealand next Saturday after coming through Bath's 6-6 draw with Harlequins.

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Match reports - Quins V Bath

The clocks may have gone back an hour but this, for the most part, wasn’t a contest worth getting out of bed for.

With both Bath and Harlequins lacking a cutting edge and frequently opting for the boot, this offered a brief flashback to the dour days of last season, when tedium outstripped invention.

This is Bath
ESPN
The Mail
Sky Sports

It's hard to call!?

Sky Bet have not offered a handicap bet for the Quins game today, meaning they can't pick a winner!!

Match Result
Harlequins 10/11
Drawn Match 16/1
Bath 10/11

First Try Scorer
Biggs 11/1
Abendanon 12/1
Carraro 12/1
Banahan 12/1
Barkley 14/1

COME ON YOU BATH!!!

Friday, 29 October 2010

Bath team to face Quins (KO time and coverage)

Bath Rugby will be looking to match performance with a result this weekend as they travel to Twickenham to take on Harlequins on Sunday, kick-off 2.30pm - Live coverage on ESPN from 1.45pm.

Bath Team to play Harlequins
15 Nick Abendanon
14 Matt Carraro
13 Matt Banahan
12 Olly Barkley
11 Tom Biggs
10 Sam Vesty
9 Michael Claassens
1 Nathan Catt
2 Pieter Dixon
3 Duncan Bell
4 Stuart Hooper
5 Danny Grewcock
6 Simon Taylor
7 Lewis Moody
8 Luke Watson ( c )

Replacements
16 Ross Batty
17 David Flatman
18 Mark Lilley
19 Ignacio Fernandez-Lobbe
20 Ben Skirving
21 Mark McMillan
22 Ben Williams
23 Jack Cuthbert

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Steve Meehan unworried by Bath results

Coach Steve Meehan is not concerned by Bath's mixed results so far this season and says he would prefer them to peak at the end of the campaign

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ZZZZZZZZZ.....

If you want to read another moaning letter from a 'moaner' moaning about Bath Rugby at at The Rec, click below...

Let's end this old saga of rugby on The Rec

New boy Taylor impressed by standard in Aviva Premiership

Just 114 minutes into his three-year deal at Bath, Simon Taylor picked up a hamstring strain that sidelined him for a month.

It was not the dream start for the Scotsman at his new club but he had nevertheless done enough in the space of just a game and a half to have head coach Steve Meehan singing his praises con brio

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PETER SHORT: Even one-eyed fans could see our forwards played well

Without too much japery or buffoonery behind the scenes this week from any of the usual suspects, I guess it means I have no choice but to talk about rugby, heaven forbid!

I travelled up to the East Midlands to watch the game and sat among the one-eyed faithful. I'm sure I won't be the first observer to note that maybe the bespectacled members of the Leicester crowd could save themselves some money and just buy monocles next time they are at the opticians.

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Steve Meehan: Why I said no to England request

Steve Meehan has revealed how he rejected England's request to limit Lewis Moody's involvement in Sunday's Aviva Premiership clash with Harlequins.

The England skipper will make his return to the Bath team after four weeks out with an eye injury when they go to Twickenham Stoop this weekend.

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TOM BRADSHAW: Meehan may have to think the unthinkable

When you get praise from Leicester boss Richard Cockerill for your play in the forwards, you know you're doing something right.

Bath Rugby skipper Luke Watson was the recipient of such praise after Saturday's loss to the Tigers at Welford Road – and his eye-catching performance in the number seven shirt poses a conundrum for Bath head coach Steve Meehan.

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EXCLUSIVE Sir Ian McGeechan open to Lions role

Sir Ian McGeechan says he is determined to play his part in steering the British and Irish Lions to victory on their next tour – but says "no decision has been made" over whether he will be head coach.

The Bath Rugby performance director is already fulfilling a consultancy role for the Lions, advising them on the best way to prepare for their 2013 tour of Australia.

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Meehan's men increase the intensity ahead of Quins trip

Steve Meehan says there has been a "frightening" increase in the intensity of training sessions at Bath Rugby.

The head coach has conceded he was perhaps a little too soft on players in previous seasons.

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Captain Luke praises pack's performance in Tigers test

By any measure, Bath Rugby's forwards have had a disappointing start to the season.

But skipper Luke Watson believes Saturday's strong showing by the Bath pack at Welford Road represents a turning point.

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FAN'S VIEW: Bath must build on their best showing yet

Whatever positive feelings Bath left Welford Road with last Saturday – and there should certainly have been plenty of them – it is now vital they keep all of them in their kitbags for their visit to the Twickenham Stoop.

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Lewis Moody cool on England captaincy talk - video interview

England flanker refuses to be drawn on whether he will captain his country against New Zealand next weekend and admits he needs to "test the body" in Bath's match against Harlequins on Sunday.

BBC video interview with Moody

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Moody passed fit to play for England and will feature this weekend against Quins

Moody will return to Bath after England training on Wednesday. If he comes through unscathed against Harlequins on Sunday, he will be in prime position to lead his country against New Zealand at Twickenham on Nov 6.

Telegraph

The 4 Bath players to watch according to Quins

They are Bendy, Catt, Moody and Biggs. Click below for details...

Harlequins website

Monday, 25 October 2010

Bath chief Nick Blofeld eyes top two Premiership spot

Bath chief executive Nick Blofeld says the target this season is to finish either top or as runners-up in the regular Premiership season.

BBC link

Bath still prefer Rec option - Nick Blofeld

Bath chief executive Nick Blofeld tells BBC Points West their preference is still to stay at the Rec long term and develop the ground.

BBC link

Meehan proud of effort - video interview

BRTV talks to Bath head coach Steve Meehan who reflects on a strong performance from his side and a bonus point won in difficult conditions

Bath Rugby TV

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Match reports and reaction - Tigers V Bath including Meehan, Cockerill, Watson and Abendanon

Match Reports
It may have been a loss on paper, but for the Bath Rugby pack this will have felt like a moral victory.

Much-criticised over the opening weeks of the Aviva Premiership, the Bath forwards fronted up superbly at Welford Road against a Leicester Tigers pack that tore them to pieces twice here last season.

This is Bath
Telegraph
ESPN
Daily Mail
Premiership Rugby

Match Reaction
Bath Rugby head coach Steve Meehan lauded his players' application and tactics after watching them come close to causing an upset at Welford Road.

This is Bath - Meehan
BBC - Cockerill

"Tough game tonight! Gutsy performance by the boys. Leicester are a great side and it was a brutal battle out there! So close. Next time ; )
Thanks to all the Bath supporters that made the journey! The team really appreciates it. For those who couldn't make it.. Thanks anyway!"
Luke Watson (twitter)

"Close game but the boys (especially the forwards) did an awesome job. Still looking for that infamous win at Welford road."
Nick Abendanon (Twitter)

Tigers V Bath odds!

Match Result
Leicester 1/4
Drawn Match 18/1
Bath 11/4

Handicap Betting
-8 Leicester 10/11
Handicap Draw 16/1
+8 Bath 10/11

First Try Scorer
Banahan 12/1
Carraro 14/1
Barkley 16/1
Abendanon 16/1

Friday, 22 October 2010

Bath Rugby team to face Tigers this weekend

Bath Rugby team to face Leicester Tigers
15. Nick Abendanon

14. Matt Carraro
13. Shontayne Hape
12. Olly Barkley
11. Matt Banahan
10. Sam Vesty
9. Michael Claassens

1. David Flatman
2. Pieter Dixon
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper
5. Ignacio Fernandez-Lobbe
6. Andy Beattie
7. Luke Watson ( C )
8. Simon Taylor

Replacements
16. Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18. Duncan Bell
19. John van der Giessen
20. Ben Skirving
21. Mark McMillan
22. Tom Biggs
23. Jack Cuthbert

Leicester boss Cockerill wary of threat from ex-Tigers

Richard Cockerill has added to the mystery surrounding Lewis Moody's potential return to the Bath team tomorrow by admitting he "wouldn't be surprised" if the England skipper appeared at Welford Road.

 

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Butch James interview from The Guardian

The South Africa and Bath player on rugby, romance and really odd family nicknames

 

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Thursday, 21 October 2010

Vesty and Moody video interviews.

Bath fly-half Sam Vesty tells BBC Points West he is determined to beat his old Leicester teammates at Welford Road on Saturday.

Sam Vesty

Bath flanker Lewis Moody tells BBC Points West he would dearly love to play against his old club Leicester on Saturday but the game has come a week too early for him.

Lewis Moody

Injured Moody set to miss out on Tigers reunion

Bath Rugby insist Lewis Moody will not play against Leicester Tigers on Saturday, despite the England flanker's desperation to feature against his former team.

Moody expressed his desire this week to play against the club where he became part of the furniture over a 14-year period but Bath are having to rein in the England captain, who is in the final stages of recovering from an eye injury.

 

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PETER SHORT: How friendly fire floored Lewis

The boys got the job done over in Italy enabling us to keep our Heineken Cup qualification hopes alive.

This week sees the focus turn back to Premiership action and a chance for Sam Vesty and Lewis Moody to experience Welford Road from a visitors' perspective. That is, of course, if Moodos has recovered from the knock he took against Gloucester.

 

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Club will not block Lions move for Sir Ian

Bath Rugby would not block an attempt by the British and Irish Lions to appoint Sir Ian McGeechan as head coach for the 2013 tour.

 

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TOM BRADSHAW: Tigers trip is a real character test

Bath Rugby's biggest test of character so far this season will present itself on Saturday, when the club travels to Leicester for the resumption of the Aviva Premiership.

 

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