Friday, 30 April 2010

Butch James is staying!

Great Great News...

Bath Rugby have confirmed Butch James will be staying at the club.

Earlier this month club chief executive Nick Blofeld indicated to the Chronicle that the World Cup-winning fly-half would be remaining at The Rec, with summer arrival Sam Vesty then acting as back-up to the South African.

Now head coach Steve Meehan has confirmed that James - who has two full seasons to run on his contract - will not be leaving Bath for his former club, the Natal Sharks.
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Butch James and Daniel Browne staying or leaving?

Todays Western Daily Press on Butch James:
 "Butch is staying at Bath. There were suggestions of making a formal announcement but Butch wanted to keep it low-key and concentrate on helping the team into the Premiership semi-finals. If there is a comment to be made it is that Butch sees his future as being with Bath-and we as a club will support him in his endeavours to play for South Africa again "
Meehan went on to say, "Butch is a good guy and a good rugby player and it is great to know he will be sticking around "
Great news...that has made my Bank Holiday Weekend!
Daniel Browne is leaving Bath rugby at the end of the season (he is out of contract) according to the Rugby Times.
Good luck Daniel!

Top of the Premiership needs a spring clean — it’s Bath time!

Bath are back, and not before time. The stunning demolition of Wasps by Steve Meehan's men at Twickenham last weekend saw them storm into the Guinness Premiership play-off places as the form team in the country.

Suddenly, the West Country club have the look of genuine title challengers, despite the likelihood of a semi-final trip to Leicester.

And to think that, back at Christmas time, their Australian head coach was shaping up as a prime candidate to join the casualties of the sacking season which is now upon us

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Thursday, 29 April 2010

FAN'S VIEW: St George versus the Dragon - away win

After 14 years of intermittent appearances and no success at all on the famous 'Billy Williams' Cabbage Patch', Bath stormed the RFU HQ at Twickenham last Saturday with a brilliant all-round team performance that deservedly took all of the Premiership spoils on offer.

Five points, including a four-try bonus, and possession – for two weeks at least – of fourth place in the league were the just reward for giving Wasps a right drubbing.
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TOM BRADSHAW: Salvi's sojourn shows why RFU's insular approach is barmy

If I was a cynical member of the RFU, I might smell a rat at Julian Salvi's one-year sojourn at Bath Rugby.

Is he an Australian Rugby Union spy, uncovering the secrets of Northern Hemisphere rugby before returning south to report back to his spy-masters? And all this just a year before the World Cup. Hmmm, suspicious....
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Brilliant Barkley dares to dream after 'massive' victory

Bath Rugby have won this season's Guinness Premiership.

That's the dream that Olly Barkley and Butch James indulged in for a moment as they soaked up the applause at Twickenham on Saturday after swatting away the challenge of London Wasps.

"We wandered around the field afterwards and Butchy joked that we had won the Premiership and that we should imagine that for a couple of minutes," joked Barkley.
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Captain Claassens gets the bug for golf break

Michael Claassens will be swapping the Imodium for a five-iron this weekend.

The Bath Rugby skipper's preparations for last Saturday's trip to Twickenham weren't exactly ideal.

The scrum-half awoke in the early hours to discover his stomach was doing somersaults, with a few back-flips thrown in for good measure.

A vomiting and diarrhoea bug is never welcome but for it to kick in just 14 hours before the start of the biggest game of the club's season was particularly cruel.
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Favourite Salvi vows to return after achieving Australia dream

Rising Australian star Julian Salvi has pledged to return to Bath Rugby for a second stint at the club after his current spell at The Rec comes to an end.

The inspirational flanker, who will rejoin the Canberra-based Brumbies for next year's Super 15 competition, says it is a matter of when he will return to Bath, not if.

The 24-year-old – tipped in many quarters as Australia's number seven for next year's World Cup – admits he is only leaving Bath so he can have a crack at winning the Webb Ellis Cup.
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Bath put their feet up ahead of Leeds clash

Bath Rugby are set to have all but one member of their 35-man squad fit for the final Guinness Premiership match of the regular season.

Despite an exhausting run of three games in eight days – a schedule that saw Bath take an extraordinary 14 championship points from the 15 available – Steve Meehan's side suffered no casualties.

And with prop forward David Flatman (bicep), lock Peter Short (foot) and inside back Ryan Davis (thumb) fit again for training, Meehan expects hooker Rob Hawkins (foot) to be the only player unavailable for selection.
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Bath expect fitness boost for key test

Bath are likely to head into their crucial Guinness Premiership clash against Leeds with third-choice hooker Rob Hawkins their only injury absentee.

Steve Meehan's in-form side, who have won 10 of their last 11 league matches, are set to welcome back David Flatman, Peter Short and Ryan Davis from injury in time for the May 8 match.
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Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Finding new faith - Stuart Barnes

Bath's St George's weekend performance against Wasps was breathtaking.

'Defences win games' is the great Shaun Edwards mantra; in England it has been accepted as a fact without question, a latter day sporting article of faith.

It has permeated to the international team from the club to international game. A devout pragmatist like Martin Johnson and his conservative cohorts needed little encouragement to adopt the destructive risk free territorial kick and chase game over the 'romantic' running stuff as he dismissed advocates of ambitious attacking rugby.
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Meehan sets Bath a new challenge

Steve Meehan is convinced his Bath team can play even better than they did in their stunning bonus point victory over Wasps.

Bath took control of the race for the final Guinness Premiership semi-final spot with a 35-19 drubbing of Wasps at Twickenham.

Having won 10 of their last 11 matches to leapfrog Wasps and London Irish in the race for the play-offs, victory at home against Leeds on the final day of the season would be enough for Meehan's men.
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Bath V Leeds live on Sky

Sky have confirmed that the the Bath V Leeds game on the 8th May will be shown on Sky Sports KO 3pm.
Fingers crossed we will also be live on Sky two more times this season!!

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Video highlights of Wasps V Bath

Click on the link below to see video highlights of the Wasps V Bath game from HQ...

Video Highlights

An(other) Evening with Nick Blofeld

Following the success of the first evening with Nick Blofeld, a further date has been put in the diary for Tuesday 11th May in the Illustrious Suite in The Hamptons Stand.Hear from Nick on his plans and ambitions for the future and take the opportunity to ask him any question.

For Supporters Club Members the evening is free, but all Non-members will be asked to pay £2 entry fee.

We look forward to welcoming you back to The Rec!

What do the Gloucester fans think of McGeechan possible move to the Rec?

Will the Glocester fans miss Sir Ian McGeechan if he makes a move to the Rec next season...might be interesting to keep an eye on the 'comment' section of this link?
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Monday, 26 April 2010

Is Joe Maddock staying or going?

A couple of interesting quotes from today's papers, read into them what you want!?
Todays Western Daily Press has an interview with Joe in which he says:
"I have not signed anywhere. This is more of a family decision and we have got a few things we need to think about. I love Bath- and my wife and my daughter love Bath- but maybe a change would be nice as well. We have got a lot to think about, but Bath is still an option."
From Mark Souster in The Times today:

"Bath opened Wasps up repeatedly and Joe Maddock was the main beneficiary with a hat-trick of tries, including the interception of one cut-out pass too many from Danny Cipriani. Maddock is out of contract and assessing his future. He would be mad to turn his back on a club who are moving in only one direction. It has been an incredible week. "It's all a dream," Meehan said, "and I don't want to wake up."

Bath victory over London Wasps inspired by Olly Barkley’s brilliant best at Twickenham

Welcome back Olly Barkley. Not the Olly Barkley who laboured so miserably with Gloucester last year but the gifted inside centre and deadeye goal-kicker who was first handed an England Test shirt nine years ago by Sir Clive Woodward, three months before he even played senior club rugby for Bath
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Barkley quick to cash in and leave Cipriani and Wasps in arrears

They had Alexandra Burke of X Factor fame singing on the pitch at half-time in the St George's Day (actually the day after) game at a three-quarters-full rugby HQ on Saturday evening. Either side of the interval we had Danny Cipriani of ex-England factor renown, the national cause célèbre – a poster boy in the match programme, clad in Wasps' cross of St George jersey, holding a giant sword. On the England's got talent front, however, it was Olly Barkley who stole the show hands down in front of a 60,208 audience.
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Sunday, 25 April 2010

Sir Ian McGeechan eyes last hurrah at Bath

In the aftermath of their scintillating win over London Wasps, which puts them in pole position to claim the final play-off place against Leicester, Bath are hoping for further good news with confirmation that Ian McGeechan will agree to become the club’s director of rugby next season.

In a move that would give the legendary coach one last top-flight appointment before retirement, McGeechan is thought of as the final piece in an expanded management structure after the takeover by Bruce Craig, the multimillionaire new owner.

The Times

David Flatman: Forget rivalry, Wasps' plight stings us all

I often look back at the years of rugby I have played, doing my very best to be nostalgic. There have been some truly wonderful times, some horrid mom-ents and indeed some of the biggest laughs I am ever likely to laugh. However, the one thing that strikes me every time is that most of my career to date is a blur.

The Independent

Latest odd - Guinness Premiership Grand Final winner

Bet365 Latest odd - Guinness Premiership Grand Final winner

Leicester 10/11
Northampton 11/4
Saracens 9/2
Bath 6/1
Wasps 100/1

After the Bath win this weekend, they have come in from 20/1 to 6/1...

Come on you BATH!

Hat-trick hero Joe undecided on Bath future

Joe Maddock scored his first hat-trick in professional rugby as Bath set their season alight against Wasps today – but the Kiwi is still undecided about whether he will remain at The Rec next season.
The wing was the beneficiary of inspired performances in midfield by Olly Barkley and Butch James, with the Bath pack setting up the platform with an uncompromising showing.

This is Bath

Meehan: England can bank on Barkley

Bath head coach Steve Meehan believes Olly Barkley’s place on the England tour to Australia is all but assured after a magisterial showing at Twickenham today.
Barkley inspired the entire backline as Bath spoiled Wasps’ party at the headquarters of rugby.

This is Bath

Match reaction - Meehan - A long way to go

Bath head coach Steve Meehan has refused to get carried away despite steering his side into the Guinness Premiership play-off places with one game remaining.

Sky Sports

Wasps V Bath match reports

What a game, what a atmosphere and what a result!!!

Bath continued their remarkable end-of-season push with a 35-19 bonus-point victory over Wasps at Twickenham.

Wing Joe Maddock grabbed a hat-trick of tries and man of the match Olly Barkley claimed a 20-point haul as Steve Meehan's in-form side powered up to fourth place in the Guinness Premiership table.

Sky Sports
Bath Rugby
This is Bath
The Guardian

Saturday, 24 April 2010

BRTV: Mearsy looking forward to Twickenham

Lee Mears talks to BRTV immediately after the win against Northampton, reflecting on the performance and looks forward to his return to Twickenham.

BRTV link

Friday, 23 April 2010

Butch James back to revive Bath in key match against Wasps at Twickenham

Bath, on a natural high and all the better for it, sweep into Twickenham to play Wasps on Saturday evening on the back of nine wins in their last 10 Premiership games, a rolling stone of momentum and form they hope can yet take them to the most unlikely of play-off places.

The Telegraph

Guscott's predictions - Bath by more than 7!?

This will be a great match, played in front of a crowd hopefully in excess of 60,00
, with both teams vying for the fourth place play-off spot.

Wasps have some good individuals. Danny Cipriani is finding form, Dominic Waldouck is scoring tries and Joe Simpson, their 21-year-old scrum-half, is also looking sharp - all three are pushing for England tour places this summer.

Bath have had a great run of matches in the Premiership since Christmas but have to win to stand any chance of finishing fourth.

I expect a fast open game and I hope referee Wayne Barnes allows it to flow.

Prediction: Bath to win by more than seven.

Guscott's other predictions

Wasps V Bath odds

Wasps are the favourites, but only just, Sky Bet are predicting that Wasps will win by 1 point!

Win outright:

Wasps 8/11
Drawn Match 16/1
Bath 11/10

Handicap Betting

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

Fancy a bet? :)

London Wasps v Bath Rugby Preview

Bath Rugby head to Twickenham tomorrow full of the joys of spring, following a win against Northampton Saints on Tuesday night.

"There was a great buzz after the match," said Head Coach Steve Meehan about the game. "The mood just gets better and better.

"Once that final whistle went the energy was magnificent. There were a lot of smiles and slaps on the back. The guys are so intent on being as good as they possibly can, so there is an enormous amount of spirit and passion."

The match will not only mark St George's Day, but also a crucial moment in Bath's Guinness Premiership campaign.

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Bath Rugby Ready for St George's Day Clash.

Bath Rugby head to Twickenham tomorrow full of the joys of spring, following a win against Northampton Saints on Tuesday night. Kick off, 5.30pm.
"There was a great buzz after the match," said Head Coach Steve Meehan about the game. "The mood just gets better and better.

"Once that final whistle went the energy was magnificent. There were a lot of smiles and slaps on the back. The guys are so intent on being as good as they possibly can, so there is an enormous amount of spirit and passion."

The match will not only mark St George's Day, but also a crucial moment in Bath's Guinness Premiership campaign.

"It's a game that we have to win if we want to keep our hopes alive," admitted Meehan. "We are all aware of it and the guys who start the match will know what responsibilities they have got.

"But, it's a great occasion and one that will certainly get the blood coursing through the veins – of that there is no doubt."

Danny Grewcock will be making his 200th appearance for the blue, black and white.

Bath Rugby Team:

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Joe Maddock
13. Matt Carraro
12. Olly Barkley
11. Matt Banahan
10. Butch James
9. Michael Claassens (c) 
1. David Barnes
2. Lee Mears
3. Duncan Bell
4. Stuart Hooper
5. Danny Grewcock
6. Andy Beattie
7. Julian Salvi
8. Luke Watson

16. Pieter Dixon
17. Nathan Catt
18. David Wilson
19. Scott Hobson
20. Ben Skirving
21. Scott Bemand
22. Shontayne Hape
23. Jack Cuthbert

The Clubhouse will be open from 4pm for all those who are not travelling to watch the match at Twickenham.

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Coach Martin Haag speaks to BRTV

Forwards Coach Martin Haag speaks to BRTV, delighted with the crowd support against Northampton, he looks forward to the vital match this weekend at Twickenham
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Bath Rugby owner Bruce Craig on new rich list

The new owner of Bath Rugby has been catapulted into a list of Britain's richest people.

Entrepreneur Bruce Craig emerges as Britain's 229th wealthiest person in the Sunday Times Rich List to be published with the paper this weekend.

That makes him the ninth richest person in the South West in a regional list which also includes his predecessor as chairman of the rugby club, Andrew Brownsword.

Mr Craig, who sold a pharmaceutical firm he founded in December, is estimated to have a fortune of £300 million.
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Thursday, 22 April 2010

Bath Rugby St George's Day Commemorative T-Shirts

Celebrate this crucial match in style and support the boys at Twickenham in one of our special St George's Day commemorative t-shirts.
A tongue-in-cheek design of a Bath Rugby player swatting a Wasp we are sure these unique t-shirts will go down well with our loyal supporters.

These one-off celebratory designs will be hitting the shops at 2pm TOMORROW ahead of Saturday's huge match. However, by calling the Bath Rugby Shop on 01225 311950 now you can re-order one of these fab St George's Day t-shirts.
Available in adults sizes only these t-shirts are available for just £20 exclusively from the Bath Rugby Shop.

T-shirts will be available for collection from 2pm on Friday.

For more details please call the Bath Rugby Shop on 01225 311950.
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Bath Rugby get down to business

Chat to rugby players and coaches at this time of the year and there's a fair chance the phrase "business end of the season" will crop up, writes Tom Bradshaw.

But now Bath Rugby is getting serious about business in the literal sense.

The rugby club has teamed up with a Bath-based training consultancy to offer local businesses development days with a twist.
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Beattie thirsty for Wasps revenge

Bath Rugby's long-serving back-rower Andy Beattie tasted defeat against Wasps at Twickenham in the 2003-04 Premiership final. And it's not an experience he would care to repeat, writes Tom Bradshaw.

"That was a tight game and disappointing to lose, but hopefully we can put that right come Saturday," says the 31-year-old, who is now in his ninth season shoring up Bath's blindside flank.
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TOM BRADSHAW: 'Bad Boys' tag is out of date

Just before Bath Rugby run out onto the turf at Twickenham on Saturday, X Factor winner Alexandra Burke will seek to whip up the predominantly middle-aged crowd into a frenzy of expectation with a rendition of her number one hit Bad Boys .

Sorry, Alexandra, you're a season out of date.
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FAN'S VIEW: Feel-good factor embraces club both on and off the field

In early December, Bath finally produced a performance worthy of the name to run Northampton Saints very close at Franklin's Gardens.

Saints were challenging at the top, while Bath languished at the foot of the Premiership, with only Leeds propping up the table beneath us.

It had been a particularly trying autumn and a prolonged battle against relegation seemed ahead, with the 2009-10 season promising a nervy ending for Bath's supporters. It still does, of course, but – almost miraculously – for very different reasons.
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New owner Craig calls for a level playing field

Bath Rugby are calling for a shake-up of the game's salary cap – just as the tax man turns up the heat on other Guinness Premiership clubs.

New club owner Bruce Craig has called for the English game's wage cap to be increased so that Premiership sides can compete with France's Top 14 big-hitters.

The club's chief executive Nick Blofeld, meanwhile, has been closely analysing the salary cap regulations to grasp whether certain areas are ripe for change.
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Groggy stars face breath test at training

Bath Rugby players will be breathalysed at gym sessions if the club's medical staff suspect players of being a little groggy.

Although chief executive Nick Blofeld says there has been just one incident involving the breathalyser this season, he said the possibility of a test was there to ensure players remained focused and disciplined
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Cavalry back for Bath's Twickenham showdown

The cavalry looks set to return for Bath Rugby's charge to Twickenham on Saturday, with head coach Steve Meehan daring his players to start dreaming of Guinness Premiership triumph.

Bath travel to the headquarters of rugby on Saturday knowing that victory over Wasps will put them in a strong position to pull off a gloriously improbable rise into the play-off zone.

Bath have won nine out of their last 10 Premiership matches, the latest a nerve-shredding 21-20 victory against Northampton on Tuesday at The Rec.

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Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Saturdays game could reach 70,000

Wasps confirmed yesterday that they are expecting a crowd in excess of 60,000 for their St George's Day celebratory game against Bath at Twickenham on Saturday.

With the weather set fair and tickets still available, it is even possible the final figure will be close to 70,000.

The atmosphere will be amazing, lets get as many fans wearing black, white and blue there as possible!!

Is Noah Cato on his way to Bath?

Rumours have been circulating that suggests that Noah Cato from Saracens will be signing for Bath as replacement for the excepted departure of Joe Maddock to Italy, however Cato is still under contract at Saracens!?
Watch this space...
Noah Cato Profile:

Debut tries have become a habit for Noah Cato, the full of flair Saracens wing, who scored, first time out in the Guinness Premiership against Leeds Carnegie in September 2007 and then bagged a try in his opening match for England Saxons in the Portugal match at Edgeley Park in January last year.

A quick and powerful adversary, Noah enhanced his pedigree by starting in the Churchill Cup final against Ireland A in Denver last June, already having been among the England squad for the IRB World Sevens Series in 2006-07.

He was born in Brighton and educated at Hurtspierpoint and the University of Hertfordshire and also impressed with two tries against Argentina in the 2007 Under 19 World Championship during his first season at 15-a-side international level.

Noah then ran in six tries in five matches when England Under 20s won Grand Slam in 2008 and extended that aggregate total to eight in seven games during the subsequent IRB Junior World Championship.

His grandfather was the eminent Glen Wilson, a left half in old parlance and one of the significant figures in the history of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club. By 2002, he had been among only four Albion captains to lift a trophy and was a tough tackling and creative player, not unlike Noah in the union game.

As an additive to his debut try theme, Noah pounced for another in his first match at Wembley last September, racing 80 metres to the Northampton Saints' line when Saracens won 19-16.

It was the seventh of his eight in 24 Premiership matches by late January 2010, when he was among 11 Saracens' players to sign extended contracts. 
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Match Reaction - Meehan praises brave Bath

Bath boss Steve Meehan was delighted with his side's "courageous" performance as they left it late to beat Northampton.

Meehan's men stayed on course for the Guinness Premiership play-offs as Olly Barkley's penalty six minutes from time gave them a tense 21-20 success at the Recreation Ground.

Sky Sports

More Bath V Saints reports

Bath boss Steve Meehan hailed a "courageous" performance by his team after they stayed on course for the GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP title play-offs with a gripping victory over Northampton.Bath triumphed 21-20 at the Recreation Ground, courtesy of an Olly Barkley penalty six minutes from time after Northampton flanker Neil Best had been sin-binned.

Bath have now lost just one of their past 10 league games and they are only two points behind fourth-placed Wasps, who they meet at Twickenham on Saturday.

Guinness Premiership
Daily Mail
Rugby World
This is Bath

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Bath beat Saints

It was edgy, it was thrilling and it was as close as a missed long-range 45-metre drop goal from Shane Geraghty in the last minute. Bath’s recovery from their dreadful start to the season had begun before high-roller, Bruce Craig, rode into town last week with stacks of enthusiasm and, more importantly, bags of money, but there’s little doubt that his arrival has brought added impetus to the push for play-off honours.

After this jittery victory, however, Bath might come to appreciate that there’s no such thing as an instant pay-out on investment. The win, however, over a Northampton side showing 12 changes has given Bath a credible shout to make the all-important top four.

Rugby Week

Travel Update for Northampton Saints Game

Those supporters travelling into the city from the east via the A4 and A46 onto the London Road and London Road West should be aware that there is the possibility of severe traffic congestion at peak times due to roadworks on the London Road near the junction to Bathwick Street.

Please note the Park and Ride at the Lambridge Training ground will not be running this evening,

BRTV: Olly Barkley

Olly Barkley reflects on the 5 try win against Sale and looks forward to more running rugby against Northampton.
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Bath & Gloucester dog out A League draw

In a game where quality rugby was scarce, Gloucester and Bath managed four tries apiece and some injury time drama in a 24 all A League draw.
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Monday, 19 April 2010

Bath's unlikely play-off hopes

Bath, full of momentum and hopes for the future since the emergence of new owner Bruce Craig last week, have a must-win game against Northampton at the Rec on Tuesday night as they chase an unlikely Premiership play-off place.

Can you spot the mistake in this articles headline, he he :)
I hope the Telegraphs proof reader got the sack!

The Telegraph

BRTV: Bath ready for the next level.

BRTV were there when the players were shown Farleigh House to gauge the reaction to their new Elite Training venue.

Bath Rugby TV

Bath V Saints odds

Bath Rugby are favourites and Bet365 are expecting Bath to win by 11 points therefore the odds are as follows:

To win:
Bath 1/5
Saints 7/2
Draw 25/1

Handicap odds:

Bath (-11) 10/11
Saints (+11) 10/11
Draw (Saints +11)16-1

Saints weakened for Bath trip

Northampton will field a below-strength side for their Guinness Premiership trip to Bath on Tuesday owing to requirements of the England elite and Saxons squads.
Second-placed Saints are unable to field five of their first-choice players due to the agreement between Premiership clubs and the RFU.
Missing from their squad are England internationals Ben Foden, Chris Ashton, Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes, while Saxons flanker Phil Dowson is also left out of the match 22.
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The form guide - Bath and Saints

Form: Northampton won 15-13 when the two teams met at Franklin's Gardens in round ten, but the Saints' only victory at The Rec in their last six visits in all competitions was 17-9 in the Guinness Premiership on 10 September 2005. Bath host Sale Sharks on Saturday, whilst Northampton entertain Gloucester on the same day. The Saints have won four of their last five away games in the Guinness Premiership.
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Bath team to face Saints

After marking the start of a new era at Bath Rugby with a bonus point win against Sale, Head Coach Steve Meehan believes that the team are ready to win again when Northampton travel to The Rec. Kick off, 8pm.
"We were a little bit rusty against Sale but it was a good performance leading into tomorrow night and the match with Wasps at Twickenham on Saturday,” said Meehan.

"With a new owner coming in was a week that none of us have experienced before and there were some basic errors in the first 20 minutes I think as a result. But, the players got that out of their systems and then really played well.

"It was a great start for the new chairman and a nice way to send Andrew off."

Having sustained a mild ankle strain against Sale at the weekend, Butch James sits out the match against Northampton.

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Joe Maddock
13. Shontayne Hape
12. Olly Barkley
11. Michael Stephenson
10. Nicky Little
9. Michael Claassens (c)
1. David Barnes
2. Lee Mears
3. David Wilson
4. Danny Grewcock
5. Stuart Hooper
6. Ben Skirving
7. Julian Salvi
8. Luke Watson

16. Pieter Dixon
17. Nathan Catt
18. Aaron Jarvis
19. Scott Hobson
20. Daniel Browne
21. Scott Bemand
22. Tom Cheeseman
23. Matt Banahan

Referee: JP Doyle


United team to face Gloucester

United will see if they can continue their winning ways as they travel to Gloucester this evening for the final A league fixture of the season.

Bath Rugby

Ask Jeremy Guscott

There's plenty to talk about in the rugby union world as the season moves towards its climax, and former Bath, England and Lions centre Jeremy Guscott is on hand to answer your questions.

The link

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Guinness Premiership table and latest odds

After Bath's 5 pointer on Saturday and Leeds beating Irish. The top four looks a real possibility. Fingers crossed...Tuesday and Saturdays games are 'must wins'!

Guinness Premiership Table 18th April

1 Leicester 68
2 Northampton 65
3 Saracens 61
4 Wasps 53
5 London Irish 52
6 Bath 47
7 Harlequins 41
8 Gloucester 40
9 Leeds 32
10 Newcastle 32
11 Sale 31
12 Worcester 26

Full Table

Latest odds for the Guinness Premiership Grand Final winner:

Leicester 11/10
Northampton 9/4
Saracens 8/1
London Irish 7/1
Wasps 16/1
Bath 20/1

David Flatman: You can have an operation between spa treatments

Poor old Wayne Rooney. He had to wait until the next morning to find out if his foot was as bad as all the papers predicted. The waiting must have been as agonising as the injury itself. Not me, though. The diva in me broke out and I demanded a scan on the spot. As it turned out, it was already arranged nearby and they were waiting for me. Tantrum abated, I threw on my fur coat, grabbed my clutch bag and wafted up the road to the hospital.

The Independent

David Flatman: If Carlsberg made training grounds...

If we, the Bath Rugby players, could design the ideal owner for our beloved club, he would be a West Country boy, a Bath fan, a rugby fanatic and, of course, in possession of a few quid that he did not mind throwing at the badge. He would enjoy daydreaming about what this club could be, and would do whatever it took to make his visions come to life. I am not sure if one of the team secretly wrote in to Jim'll Fix It, but it turns out not only does this bloke exist, he happens to have turned up and bought the lot.

This is a great read

Meehan unconcerned by Butch James ankle issue

Bath Rugby head coach Steve Meehan is confident fly-half Butch James will be fit for Tuesday's crucial Guinness Premiership match against Northampton Saints.

Full report

Meehan targets more wins for new Bath chairman

Bath head coach Steve Meehan says that his team's bonus point win over Sale Sharks was a great way to start off a new era at the west country club.

Guinness Prem link

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Bath Rugby Official match report - Bath V Sale

After all the excitement of the last three days a change of ownership, a stately home for a new state-of-the-art HQ and a firm commitment from the new chairman to build a new stadium in time for the club's 150th birthday in 2015 it was back to the serious stuff.

Bath Rugby

Match Reaction - Meehan hails Bath revival

Bath head coach Steve Meehan was pleased to see his side rediscover their Guinness Premiership winning ways with a decisive victory against Sale.

Sky Sports

Bath 34-15 Sale

What a game! The sun was shining and we bagged 5 points...

Sky Sports
Rugby Week
Mancester Evening News
Rugby World
Sale Sharks Website

Get kitted out for Twickenham

With three exciting games ahead of us culminating in a trip to the hallowed turf of Twickenham the players are going to need our supporters to turn the St George's Day game into a vision of blue, black and white and make as much noise as you can!

If you have purchased match tickets for the big match at Twickenham then please pop along to the Bath Rugby Shop to claim your FREE Bath Rugby flag.

Bath Rugby Link

Bring back a meaningful cup - Petition

This is to bring back the old Cup which allowed teams like Bees, Esher, Nottingham and clubs which play in any league, play against the cream of the teams in England, the Premiership sides. And hopefully with enough support we can possibly convince the RFU it would be for the better.

To bring back a meaningful cup comp, follow this link.

Friday, 16 April 2010

Steve Meehan applauds drugs policy that could have saved Bath's season

Steve Meehan has had a lot on his plate this week. First there was the thumping Bath took at Leicester on Saturday, ending a winning run that had suggested a place in the play-offs was possible. Then on Wednesday the club were sold lock-stock-and-barrel.

The Guardian

Bath v Sale (Sat) - Interview with Steve Meehan

Half way down this link there is an audio interview with Steve Meehan, worth a listen!

"Exciting things happening at Bath Rugby" Steve Meehan

BBC link

PODCAST: Nick Blofeld talks to Simon Ward

"The smile is back of Bath's Faces :)"

Bath Rugby Podcast

The form guide: Bath V Sale

The two teams have already met twice this season with Bath victorious on both occasions: 25-12 in the Premiership and 40-7 at The Rec in the LV= Cup on 6 February. Bath Rugby's defeat at Leicester in round 19 ended a seven game winning run in the Guinness Premiership. At The Rec Bath have won their last three Premiership matches since a London Irish victory there on 28 November. Sale Sharks have lost two of their last three games and have won just once on the road in the Guinness Premiership since January 2009: 24-17 at Leeds on 22 November. The Sharks have won only once at The Rec since 1998: 21-9 in the Premiership on 2 January 2006.


Bath 1/12 favourites Vs Sale

These are the latest odds from Sky:

Bath 1/12
Drawn Match 25/1
Sale 6/1

Sky think that Bath will win by 15 points therefore the handicap betting is:

(-15 points) Bath 10/11
Handicap Draw 16/1
(+15 points) Sale 10/11

Bath must accentuate the positives to become powerhouse once more

Craig has promised to basically keep out of the day to day business side of affairs and his old full-back mate from Loughborough University days, Nick Blofeld, will be the main driving force in that respect.

But he will definitely be looking closely at the bigger picture, and, with his background of having played and lived in France, a particular bee in his bonnet is English clubs having to operate under a different salary cap system to the T14 sides.

Craig argues reasonably enough that it profoundly affects the strength of the squads you can assemble. The figure in England is currently £4m, the figure in France €7m, ie about £6m. A significant discrepency which is beginning to alter the balance of power in the Heineken Cup.

The full report

Preview: Bath v Sale

The link

Bath and Sale teams

Bath Rugby team:

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Joe Maddock
13. Matt Carraro
12. Olly Barkley
11. Matt Banahan
10. Butch James
9. Michael Claassens (c)
1. David Barnes
2. Lee Mears
3. Duncan Bell
4. Danny Grewcock
5. Stuart Hooper
6. Andy Beattie
7. Julian Salvi
8. Luke Watson

16. Pieter Dixon
17. Nathan Catt
18. Aaron Jarvis
19. Scott Hobson
20. Ben Skirving
21. Scott Bemand
22. Nicky Little
23. Shontayne Hape

Sale Sharks: 15 Marika Vakacegu, 14 Mark Cueto, 13 Mathew Tait, 12 Jonny Kennedy, 11 Ben Cohen, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Dwayne Peel, 8 Kristian Ormsby, 7 David Seymour, 6 Sisaro Koyamaibole, 5 Dean Schofield (c), 4 Chris Jones, 3 Jack Forster, 2 Neil Briggs, 1 Eifion Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Marc Jones, 17 Gavin Kerr, 18 Rob O'Donnell, 19 Sean Cox, 20 Carl Fearns, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Lee Thomas, 23 Dafydd James.

Bath Rugby Link
Sky Sports Link

Is Joe Maddock leaving?

Today's Rugby Times says that Joe Maddock has turned down a contract with Bath Rugby in order to play his trade in Italy with Benneton Treviso.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

I love the club but I'm going back to terraces as a fan – Brownsword

"I have worked with a very dedicated and passionate team, both on and off the pitch, and I owe them a huge thank you, as I do to all our supporters, for their continuing loyalty."

And we owe you a hugh thanks as well Andrew!

Full report - This is Bath

How can we celebrate our heritage when The Rec is still being 'ruined'?

Bite your bottom lip when you read this one!!

The link

FAN'S VIEW: Too early to write off English teams in Heineken Cup

It may well become ever harder for English clubs to crack Europe’s top competition in the immediate future, but to accept one particularly fallow year as prima facie evidence of an inevitable trend seems rather foolhardy. Just as the overly-confident predictions - post-2003 - that victory in Sydney would lead to an unparalleled period of global domination by the Red Rose, proved to be embarrassingly wide of the mark.

Full Report - This Is Bath

We aim to build something very special and we want everyone to be part of it

Bath Rugby's new owner may not be short of a bob or two.

But Bruce Craig believes it's his rugby experience just as much as his bank balance that will stand him in good stead as the club's chairman.

Full report - This Is Bath

Brownsword hailed as exciting new era begins

Politicians and fans have warmly welcomed new owner Bruce Craig's investment in the future of Bath Rugby.

Full Report - This Is Bath

Shamed Stevens urged to help tackle drug use

Bath Rugby prop David Barnes has called on disgraced former team- mate Matt Stevens to act as an ambassador for a new campaign to rid the sport of recreational drugs.

Full report - This Is Bath

Home double header is main focus of coach

Despite yesterday's announcement of a new owner for Bath Rugby, head coach Steve Meehan is doing everything possible to ensure his players remain focussed ahead of Saturday's Guinness Premiership clash against Sale Sharks (2.15pm).

Full report - This is Bath

TOM BRADSHAW: Bath Rugby can be kings of the castle again

In the shadow of Farleigh Hungerford Castle, Bath's new headquarters will surely be a sight to behold. Play their cards right, and Bath could soon be elevated from being the perennial professional pretenders to being kings of the castle.

Full report - This Is Bath

More new Bath signings to come??


Bristolian Bruce Craig, a former scrum-half who played rugby to a decent standard in Paris, has devoted a fraction of the estimated £975 million made from the sale of his French pharmaceutical supply company to his new interest.

Initially this involved approving the transfer of England flanker Lewis Moody from Leicester followed by that of utility back Sam Vesty in the same direction. With transfer funds at Bath’s disposal, more will surely follow.

Full Express report

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Bath likely to leave the Rec after billionaire buyout

Bath have been at the Rec since 1895 and seem to have been arguing for much of that time about developing the ground. Local civic societies and the Charity Commission have been embroiled, but since the game went professional – and Bath was bought by Brownsword 14 years ago – the issue has become increasingly pressing.

"The Rec is unique, has historic significance and is probably the most iconic rugby ground in the country," Craig said. "But its facilities are also woefully inadequate for players and supporters alike. Clearly outdated for modern rugby, we need to press on with either a development of the Rec or a new stadium elsewhere.

Full report from the Guardian

Guinness Premiership latest odds

These are the latest odds from William Hill:

Grand Final Winner

Leicester 11/10
Northampton 2/1
London Irish 7/1
Saracens 17/2
Wasps 12/1
Bath 25/1

Still got a chance...keep the faith! :)

Wasps V Bath St George’s Day Game sales cross 55,000

London Wasps are delighted to announce that ticket sales for their St George’s Day Game clash with Bath, at Twickenham on the 24th April, have now crossed 55,000.

It's going to be a great atmosphere, I can't wait!!
Let's get as many Bath supporters as possible to Twickers and turn the crowd Blue, Black and White! :)

The link report

More Bruce Craig reports...

The Rugby paper

The Guardian

The Telegraph

BBC sport


Bath's ambitious plans

Bath have revealed ambitious plans for a new training ground, headquarters and stadium following Bruce Craig's takeover of the club.

Sky Sports

New owner has big plans for Bath

Bath Rugby have announced a change of ownership and set out exciting and ambitious plans for the future of the Guinness Premiership club.

Planet Rugby

Bath Rugby set for move to new headquarters

Bath Rugby are to move to a new 130-acre headquarters in a manor house nine miles from the city.

New owner Bruce Craig revealed to the Chronicle that the club’s planned new home in Farleigh Hungerford will bring its training and administrative teams under one roof.

This is Bath link

Bath Rugby new owner

Bath Rugby today (Wednesday) announce a change of ownership and set out exciting and ambitious plans for the future of the club.

Bath Rugby Website statement

A message from the new owner Bruce Craig

Video message from Bruce Craig

Bruce Craig Wikipedia

The Rugby Blog

Today's news - Conflicting reports

Today's Western Daily Press

'Bath Rugby expect to make an announcement today about significant investment'

The Indepenent:

'Having the clout of major new investment would surely be good news for Bath and a public announcement to that effect is expected to be made by the club today – after the players have been informed at a morning meeting. It is understood that a multimillionaire businessman from the south-west, now based in France, is behind a substantial financial injection that could impact on proposals for a new ground.'

Malco (editor of ERE)

'I communicate with the club via email mostly, with the occasional meeting. I have had definitive emails from the highest levels of the club yesterday and this morning stating that there will be no announcements TODAY regarding investment, owners, the stadium or Geech. I am on the club's media list and I haven't received a press release or an invitation to a press conference. There may be announcements made about these things on another day and there may be announcements made today about other matters. There wouldn't be a press conference for the announcing of a new player, or the re-signing of an existing player, for example, unless it was a world superstar. I don't see why they wouldn't tell me the truth.'

Time will tell..
What does everyone think? Should we get our hopes up?

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Bath V Wasps at Twickenham - 50,000 tickets sold

IF YOU HAVENT BOUGHT YOUR TICKETS BUY THEM NOW! Only 2 weeks to go and over 50,000 tickets sold. Every ticket sold donates to Help For Heroes. Show your support for Bath, show your support for our heroes!

St Georges Day Game

Twickenham Stadium
Saturday 24th April KO 5.30pm

From £10 adults, £5 children

St Georges Day Game link

Join the Bath Rugby St Georges day game facebook page

BREAKING gossip!

It has been common knowledge that there will be a big announcement tomorrow from Bath Rugby.

I have heard from a reliable source that there is a staff meeting tomorrow morning and part of the announcement will be that Sir Ian McGeechan will be joining Bath rugby as a part time advisor for Steve Meehan.

Of course this is still only a rumour, but if true sounds like Bath Rugby are showing real intent to become one of the big forces in European rugby!

Please feel free to comment below...

Monday, 12 April 2010

Bath United beat Irish at the Rec

Bath united 43-21 Irish

Bath Rugby match report

37 second Bath Rugby drop goal challenge.

Skilled kickers Butch James, Olly Barkley and Jack Cuthbert were teamed up with props David Barnes and Duncan Bell to take part in a kicking challenge to see how many drop goals they could score in just 37 seconds in a bid to highlight Orchid's Male Cancer Awareness Week (12 - 18 April 2010).

I think drop goal practise might be on the cards for this week! :)

37 second group goal challenge video

Orchid Fighting Male Cancer

Bath United team to face Irish - At the Rec tonight KO 7.15pm

Bath United hope to keep up their winning ways when they take on London Irish 'A' tonight at the Rec. Kick off is at 7.15pm.

United Squad

Full Back - Tom Heathcote
Right Wing - Michael Stephenson
Centre - Tom Cheeseman
Centre - Nick Scott
Left Wing - Rhys Crane
Fly Half - Paul Roberts
Scrum Half - Matt Keyte
L.H.Prop - Billy Moss
Hooker - Mark Lilley
T.H.Prop - James Currie
Second Row – Rhys Davis
Second Row - Nick Morris
B.S.Flanker - Josh Ovens
No. 8 - Dan Browne
O.S.Flanker - Guy Mercer


Ted Stagg (H), Kane Newport(P), Ian Thomas (P), Joe Ellyatt, Chris Clemmow, Luke Carter, Marcus Brooker, Sean Lilley.

Bath Rugby Website

Ask Jeremy Guscott

A weekend of European and domestic rugby action has thrown up plenty of talking points, and former Bath, England and Lions centre Jeremy Guscott is on hand to answers your questions.

The link

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Guinness Premiership table and form guide - 11th April

The link below has the Guinness Premiership Table, form guide (for the last 4 games) and remaining fixtures for each team.

Thanks to 'Which Tyler' on the Bath Rugby ERE website for this:

Bath Rugby ERE - GP run-in (and current form) - All clubs

Saturday, 10 April 2010

New Bath Rugby owner? Part two...

The gossip and rumours continue...

Bath Rugby fans across the forums are claiming that Chris Dawson is NOT the new Bath Rugby investor and the real investor has just sold his business for 800m. That's allot of money when you compare it to our current owner Andrew Brownsword who is worth 220m.

Wednesday 14th April is still the date for the announcement.

Bath still after McGeechan?

From the Rugby Times about Bath and Sir Ian McGeechan:

Bath are likely to test his resolve to stay out of the spotlight with an approach this summer. Bath CEO Nick Blofeld was not in a hurry to dismiss the idea 'we are looking at our options and it would be wrong not to explore the possibility of someone of his experience.'

Friday, 9 April 2010

New Bath Rugby owner?

For the regular users of the ERE you would have noticed a long discussion taking place on a 'rumour' of a new owner/ investor in Bath Rugby. There has also been talk of the 16th April being a date for the diary for the 'Big Announcement'.

Here is a small snippet of the discussion and abit more information from someone who thinks they might know abit more than the rest of us about the new possible owner/investor...

'Just found out some pretty useful information regarding the new owner.

He is from Bath, sold his company for £800m not too long ago and I think his first name is Chris, unfortunately I don't know the second name. He lives in the South of France and plays rugby down there.

It will be officially announced in the match day programme at the Sale game'

Of course this is still just a rumour but I would still put the 14th April in your diary and make sure you take a quick look at the match day program when we play Sale on the 17th.

Bath Rugby ERE

Update: An anonymous comment (see commments below) believes this man could be the new investor/owner..!? Click link
Chris Dawson

Rob Hawkins leaves Bath Rugby

Good luck Rob, sorry to see you leave!

Bath Rugby Website
Sporting life
Sky Sports
This is Leicester

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Our doubts over the whole Western Riverside complex

This is Bath link

Assessing the form as final play-off hurdle approaches


Realistically, it was always going to be unlikely that Bath would come away from Welford Road with four championship points at the weekend.
But it wasn't so much the defeat as the manner of it that will have sown a few doubts in the Bath psyche.

However, Steve Meehan's men – provided they can shuffle their resources to negotiate three testing games in eight days – have a favourable run-in, with three games at home and one at Twickenham against Wasps.

Even so, barring a couple of major slip ups by London Irish, they may have left their tilt a fraction too late.

Games to play: 4
Current points tally: 42
Tom's predicted final points tally: 57
Likely Premiership outcome: 6th

Full report

New boys look set to be fantastic additions

When Bath Rugby chief executive Nick Blofeld telephoned Sam Vesty on Tuesday evening to talk through the final details of his switch from Leicester to Bath, Vesty told his future employer he would have to wait.

This is Bath link

This paragraph made me smile, let's hope it all plays out as planned!?

'Bath plan on using the 28-year-old as back-up for World Cup-winning fly-half Butch James for the 2010-11 campaign, although Vesty's versatility means he could also stake claims for the number 12 and 15 shirts.'

'No room for more slips' warns captain Claassens

Skipper Michael Claassens is calling on his Bath Rugby team-mates to up their game following their 23-point hiding at Leicester

This is Bath link

Blofeld: 'Tigers duo can help Bath set future benchmark'

Bath Rugby believe the signing of Leicester pair Sam Vesty and Lewis Moody underscores how serious the club is about supplanting the Tigers as the Premiership's top guns.

This is Bath Link

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Harlequins' Chris Robshaw wins Gatorade Performance of the Month

Performance of the month.

Harlequins and England international Chris Robshaw has won Gatorade's Performance of the Month Award for March, for his individual efforts in the defeat to Bath Rugby at The Recreation Ground.

You still lost the game though :)

The link - Vesty loves Baths attacking flair

Don't we all! :)


Vesty signs for Bath - confirmed by the Offy

Bath Rugby announce the signing of Sam Vesty on a three year deal.

Bath Rugby Website

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

What do the Tigers Fans think of todays new...

Here are a couple of quotes from Tigers fans, they have been lifted from a discussion on the ERE:

"Sam will never let you down. Sorry to see him go but this is what happens when you have a salary cap."

"Sam's meant to be on very good money at Tigers which is why we've kept the "cheaper" Staunton as cover for Toby Flood. Sam is a good reliable player who will slot in at 10, 12 or 15 and not let you down. Great defensive organiser on the pitch too. More sorry to see him leave than Lewis Moody."

Leicester question salary cap as Sam Vesty follows Lewis Moody to Bath

Sam Vesty's impending move to Bath – as the second home-grown Leicester player to switch to the West Country in a month, after Lewis Moody also agreed a move to the Recreation Ground – has prompted the Tigers to again question the value of the Guinness Premiership's £4m salary cap.

The Guardian

More Vesty to Bath reports

This is Bath


Still no confirmation from Bath Rugby!?

Does Vesty's move to Bath mean Butch is leaving?

Wading my way through the forums today the general feel I get from the discussions is that Vesty's arrival means that Butch is on his way out of Bath.

Vesty is a great player and he was one of the main reasons Leicester pulled themselves out of the pit they were in at the beginning of last season. But is he a replacement for Butch? I hope not!

I would like to see Vesty on the bench coming on as our super sub and playing second fiddle to Butch James. That would be my dream!

Butch James is in a league of his own and the chances of replacing him 'like for like' are slim.

Let's hope that Vesty is our replacement for the Bristol bound Little.

Sam Vesty

Vesty to Bath - Rugby World link

The link

Leicester Tigers' Sam Vesty set to join Bath

Fly-half Sam Vesty is set to sign a new deal with Bath this week.

The link

Vesty poised for Bath move

Leicester fly-half Sam Vesty looks set to follow Tigers team-mate Lewis Moody in signing for Bath.

The link

Monday, 5 April 2010

Bath Rugby 12-1 to win the Premiership

These are the latest odds from Sky Bet to win the Grand Final of the Guinness Premiership:

Leicester evens
Northampton 9/4
London Irish 8/1
Saracens 10/1
Bath 12/1
Wasps 12/1

Bath United beat Quins A

Bath United beat Quins A on Easter Monday.

Final Score Bath United 26 - 24 Quins

Cheeseman scores with the last play of the game and Cuthbert converts to win the game!

Well done boys!!!

Match report link

Another match report

Is Vesty coming to Bath?

There has been rumours for weeks over the future of Sam Vesty and will he, wont he be signing for Bath. It looks like Vesty will be leaving Leicester but where is his new home?

There has been discussion on the ERE and Bath offy forum that Vesty will be playing for Bath or Biarritz next season!?

Only time will tell....

Feel free to commment and if you want know abit more about Sam Vesty click this link.

Bath Rugby Overpowered and Outclassed by Tigers - ERE website

Follow the link to read the first person account of the Tigers match from

How is Olly Barkley?

This is a direct quote from Olly Barkley's twiiter account:

"Olly Barkley is having all Bath's horses and all Bath's men put me back together again."

Hopefully they can 'put him back together' during our two week break!

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Guinness Premiership table - 4th April 2010

So what do we think? Is 4th still possible or do we just focus on achieving a European spot next season?

The link

Jeremy Guscott Q&A

Following an enthralling weekend of rugby union action, former Bath, England and Lions centre Jeremy Guscott answers your questions on the game's big talking points.

Is there a silver lining?

This year in the Guinness Prem:
Points scored by visiting teams at Welford Road...

Newcastle 6
Wuss 14
Saints 15
Leeds 6
Sale 6
Wasps 8
Glaws 11
Irish 19
Bath 20
Quins to play
Sarries to play

Leicester Tigers tear Bath apart

The link

Leicester pull the plug on Bath's title pretensions

More depressing Sunday morning reading!

The link

Leicester 43 Bath 20: Telegraph match report

The link

What do we need to do to ensure we get a place in next seasons Heineken Cup?

Mathematically Glous can finish the season on 55, and Quins on 56.

We could get 62. But lets be honest I reckon we might only get 3 wins taking us to 54.

I hope both Quins and Glouc will drop at least one match taking them out of the equation, and looking at their fixture list is likely.

Of course if we lose more, then we'll be relying on others to lose more too. Which is very possible (but lets hope not).

Game v Wasps is the real deal as in effect it could be a 10 pointer. So winning that will also take us near to take European cup place - though other results before then may have clarifieid matters anyway.

Deep down I am hoping more points are dropped by other teams and we can nick 4th spot, or am I just dreaming!?

Bath run halted by Tigers - Offy match report

Bath Rugby's seven-match winning run in the Guinness Premiership came to a juddering halt at Welford Road where the rampant Tigers pack took the honours.

The link

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Meehan confident Barkley will bounce back from knock

Steve Meehan expects ​Olly Barkley to be back for Bath Rugby's next match in a fortnight, despite the inside centre taking a knock and being replaced at half-time today

The link

Leicester Tigers tear Bath - Rugby Times

The link

Cockerill hails Bath triumph - Sky Sports

Richard Cockerill hailed Leicester's 43-20 win over Bath as one of their best performances of the season but felt his side deserve more respect in the media.

The link

Bath Rugby Lose at Leicester - Sky Sports match report

Has the bubble burst?
Any chance of a top 4 spot now?

The link