Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Fancy a flutter? Bath Rugby 7/2 to win the Prem!

How do the bookies think Bath Rugby will do next season?
The following odds are from Sky Bet:

Grand Final Winner

Leicester 15/8
Bath 7/2
Northampton 4/1
Saracens 13/2
Wasps 9/1
London Irish 12/1
Gloucester 14/1
Harlequins 25/1
Sale 40/1
Newcastle 80/1
Leeds 200/1
Exeter 500/1

Regular Season Winner

Leicester 15/8
Bath 4/1
Northampton 4/1
Saracens 6/1
Wasps 10/1
London Irish 10/1
Gloucester 12/1
Harlequins 25/1
Sale 40/1
Newcastle 80/1
Leeds 250/1
Exeter 500/1

Heineken Cup Winner

Toulouse 4/1
Munster 7/1
Biarritz 8/1
Leicester 8/1
Perpignan 9/1
Leinster 10/1
Clermont 12/1
Ospreys 14/1
Northampton 16/1
Bath 20/1
Wasps 22/1
Cardiff 22/1

25,000 seat stadium at the Rec?

An extract from the Guardian article...

Those developments include a new training centre and headquarters 20 minutes south of the city, on the site of a country house and deer park, and a new ground by 2015. Three sites for the new stadium have been identified but it is understood that Bath city council has warmed to Craig's commitment to the club and that building a 25,000-seater stadium at the existing Recreation Ground site is the favoured and most likely option.

"It's our preference, it's everyone's preference," said Craig. "The Rec is the spiritual home of the club."

Craig also gave a strong indication that he was against freezing Premier Rugby's wage cap at £4m.

The Guardian

Bath Rugby face a repeat trip to Twickenham

Bath Rugby will enjoy at least one trip to Twickenham in 2011 after it emerged that last season's St George's Day clash with Wasps at HQ will be repeated this coming campaign.

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Browne pulls the plug on Bath

Leeds Carnegie have announced the signing of back-row forward Daniel Browne from Bath on a two-year contract.

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BRTV: Sir Ian McGeechan Joins Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby Chairman Bruce Craig announces Sir Ian McGeechan OBE as Performance Director for the Club commencing from 12th July 2010
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Lions legend joins Bath

Bath have confirmed the appointment of Sir Ian McGeechan as their new performance director ahead of the coming campaign.

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Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Ian McGeechan to join Bath and work alongside Steve Meehan

Bath are to announce that Sir Ian McGeechan, the former Lions coach, has joined the club as part of an expanded management team to work alongside head coach Steve Meehan.

The Telegraph

Bath Rugby to announce new management signing on Wednesday

Bath Rugby will tomorrow unveil a new off-field signing to bolster its management team.


Guinness Premiership fixture list 2010/2011 announced!

The Guinness Premiership fixture list has been announced today and Bath Rugby start their campaign on the weekend of 3rd September away against Leeds.

Bath's fixtures

Full fixture list

Monday, 28 June 2010

Possible Bath signing on Wednesday!?

Just heard on the grapevine that Bath Rugby are set to announce a new signing this Wednesday. I am afraid I dont have any information on who it is, where he is from or what position he plays!

If I hear anything new I will post on Bath Rugby Inside Out!

Bath Rugby end coach's spell at club after one season

Bath Rugby have opted not to renew the contract of performance coach John Neal.


Butch James's Springbok recall poses fly-half conundrum for Bath

Bath Rugby playmaker Butch James has been named in South Africa's squad for this year's Tri-Nations, raising questions about who will wear the number 10 shirt for Bath at the start of the Premiership season.
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Friday, 25 June 2010

A Thank You to Bath from Joe Maddock

After six seasons with Bath Rugby, Joe Maddock wanted to make a personal thank you to all the supporters for the special years he had with the Club.

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Thursday, 24 June 2010

Pre-season French test awaits for Bath Rugby

A week in Provence awaits Bath Rugby as they prepare for a pre-season camp and warm-up match in the south of France.
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Bath Rugby internationals remain in the World Cup reckoning

A number of Bath Rugby players remain in the reckoning for a spot in Martin Johnson's 2011 World Cup squad after a week crammed with international fixtures.
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TOM BRADSHAW: Abendanon offers the energy England need

This column makes no apologies for having been something of a Nick Abendanon Appreciation Society over the past four months.

And the Bath Rugby full-back is picking up more and more admirers as the weeks go by – and not just because of his blond locks.
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Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Inside Line from David Flatman

England may have lost their final tour game against New Zealand Maori with a 35 - 28 score line, but Bath Rugby prop David Flatman admits that this last match was certainly the most memorable.

Bath Rugby

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Abendanon named the Player of the Tournament as Saxons win Churchill Cup

Abendanon was named the Player of the Tournament but was quick to heap praise on the rest of the squad and the coaching team. "Stuart Lancaster has done a fantastic job and put a structure in place that lets us express ourselves and show off our talent. If you look at the squad there are a lot of guys with pace and we want to get the ball out wide and we had a game plan in place to do that.
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Sunday, 20 June 2010

Ask Jeremy Guscott

Former Bath, England and Lions centre Jeremy Guscott is on hand to answer your questions with much to ponder and savour this week after England and Scotland enjoyed notable successes in the southern hemisphere.

BBC link

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Four architects work on Bath rugby stadium plans

Four sets of architects are now working on Bath Rugby's new stadium plans.

It has set its sights on playing in its new facilities by 2015 – but insists its current Rec home remains a viable, credible option to host the arena.

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Shontayne Hape to face the Aussies once again in second Test

Shontayne Hape has retained his place in the England team for Saturday's second Test against Australia.
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Abendanon seeking Saxons improvement ahead of final

Nick believes England Saxons must improve if they are to lift the Churchill Cup for the fourth time on Saturday
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TOM BRADSHAW: Joyless England can learn lesson from Bath

Never mind the fact the European economy is going down the tubes faster than Austrlia front row.

A cause of far greater immediate misery for the British rugby fan is the manner in which European national sides are being contemptuously masticated by the sharp-fanged beast that is Southern Hemisphere rugby. We're being mauled and munched to pieces, with the coaches of the northern sides having plenty of bones to pick over this week.

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Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Tour blow for Banahan

England winger Matt Banahan will miss the rest of the tour Down Under after being suspended for two weeks.

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Tuesday, 15 June 2010

James recalled by Boks - Woooo Hoooo!

Bath fly-half Butch James will finally return to the South Africa line-up for Saturday's clash with Italy at Vitbank.

Sky Sports

Bath Boys in action for England and Banahan cited

Barkley and Banahan help England get their first win of the tour!

Much-needed win for England

Matt Banahan has been cited for an alleged dangerous tackle in Tuesday's 15-9 victory over the Australian Barbarians, the Australian Rugby Union has announced.

Banahan cited for tackle

The Secret Diary of Matt Banahan (height 6' 6 and three quarters) – Part II

England and Bath Rugby wing Matt Banahan provides us with the second instalment of his weekly tour column, exclusive to 
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Barkley style does not fit - Sky Sports

Olly Barkley is frustrated at being ignored by England after he was again named in the midweek team to face the Australian Barbarians.
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Monday, 14 June 2010

Bath's Bell helps Saxons reach Churchill Cup Final

Bath Rugby prop Duncan Bell scored a try to help England Saxons qualify for the Churchill Cup Final
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Bath Rugby prop Wilson left out of Barbarians clash

Davey Wilson could be in line to start for England in Saturday's second Test against Australia after being left out of the 22 for tomorrow's game against Australian Barbarians.
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Sunday, 13 June 2010

David Flatman: Sorry I missed the hat-trick... I was busy chewing grass

A tour is not a tour until games have been played. And now they have, so we're off. Just under an hour and a half of sport for me in midweek meant so many different things for so many different reasons. For the trip itself, as an event, it brings it to life, makes it real. But as well as playing the part of a (somewhat tardy) starter's pistol, it was England versus the Aussies.

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Saturday, 12 June 2010

Bristol Rugby won't be a 'feeder club' for Bath

STEVE Gorvett has confirmed he has held discussions with Bath over a potential player-sharing agreement – but played down fears Bristol will be reduced to "feeder club" status in any arrangement.

This is Bristol

Friday, 11 June 2010

Bath rugby chief exec opens door to player-sharing with Bristol

BATH chief executive Nick Blofeld has opened the door to a possible player-sharing arrangement with Bristol next season.
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Thursday, 10 June 2010

Bath Rugby are planning more summer arrivals

The first of what is likely to be a number of summer signings for Bath Rugby was unveiled yesterday, with the club announcing they had secured the services of Rotherham Titans hooker Ross Batty.
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Shontayne Hape named in England team to face Australia

Shontayne Hape will make his full England debut against Australia on Saturday, team manager Martin Johnson has confirmed.
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Bath Rugby owner Craig targets last-eight spot in Europe

New Bath Rugby owner Bruce Craig is confident the club can put last year's disastrous showing in Europe behind it and make decent headway in the 2010-11 campaign.
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Butch's Bok hopes are still alive as row rumbles on

Butch James' international ambitions remain alive after he was retained in South Africa's squad for this weekend's clash with France.
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TOM BRADSHAW: Italian tie is just the job

The night before a Heineken Cup draw, it is a long-standing ritual among British head coaches to turn to Rome, go down on their knees and solemnly pray that their side will be drawn against an Italian team.

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Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Bath Rugby sign Ross Batty

Bath Rugby announce the signing of Ross Batty on a two year deal.
The 23 year old is set to enhance the Bath front row when he joins up with the team in the summer.
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Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Heineken Cup draw for the 2010/2011 competition

Pool One: Cardiff Blues, Northampton, Edinburgh, Castres.

Pool Two: Leinster, Clermont Auvergne, Saracens, Racing-Metro 92.

Pool Three: Munster, Ospreys, London Irish, Toulon.

Pool Four: Biarritz, Bath, Ulster, Aironi.

Pool Five: Leicester, Scarlets, Perpignan, Treviso.

Pool Six: Toulouse, London Wasps, Glasgow Warriors, Newport Gwent Dragons.

Monday, 7 June 2010

The Secret Diary of Matt Banahan, height 6' 6 and ¾

Well, we've been gone almost a week now and I can certainly say that the training - and bonding - is going well, here in Perth.

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Moscow rules for Abendanon and Bell

Bath Rugby duo Nick Abendanon and Duncan Bell will both feature in the starting line-up for England Saxons' Churchill Cup clash with Russia on Wednesday

This is Bath

Bath centre Olly Barkley out to make England impression

Bath centre Olly Barkley says every England squad player on the tour of Australia has an excellent opportunity to impress ahead of the 2011 World Cup.


James retained in Springbok squad

Bath fly-half Butch James is one of two overseas based players to have been retained in the Springbok squad for the June Tests.
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Hape poised for first England cap

Bath Rugby centre Shontayne Hape is in line to make his full England debut when Martin Johnson's side take on Australia in Perth on Saturday.
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Sunday, 6 June 2010

Bath Rugby take on the Land Rover sunroof challenge

I dont know how I missed this, I know it's weeks old but worth a watch!
Danny's shot has to be the best :)

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Butch James, Nicky Little and Sam Vesty.

The Rugby Times

In the final edition of the Rugby Times this season a few interesting reports stand out.

The Rugby Times believe that Butch James wants to go back to SA and maybe join the Lions? Therefore Bath Rugby will be holding out for £200K compensation and will play Sam Vesty at fly half next season.

Due to the 'issues' at Bristol, Nicky Little will not be joining them for next season and it looks like he might be off to Italy.

Friday, 4 June 2010

PR angry at Bok lash

Premier Rugby have confirmed they are to make a formal complaint to the IRB following comments made by the South African Rugby Union.

Sky Sports

Premier Rugby has made a statement regarding the Butch James saga!

Premier Rugby has made a statement regarding player release under IRB regulation 9.

Guinness Premiership Website

South Africa to reconsider playing Europe Tests after Butch James fiasco

South Africa will review their policy of playing Test matches in Europe outside the official international window after being forced to pull Butch James from their side to face Wales in Cardiff on Saturday. Bath, governed by a Premier Rugby directive, refused to release the 31-year-old fly-half for the match, which was arranged earlier this year to raise money for both countries.

The Guardian

Butch: 'Good luck boys'

It is a bitterly disappointed Butch James that will watch from the sidelines as South Africa take on Wales in a one-off Test in Cardiff on Saturday, but he will still cheer on his teammates at the Millennium Stadium.

Rugby 365

Thursday, 3 June 2010

James left frustrated by withdrawal

Butch James has asked his bosses at Bath to follow up the issue of his enforced withdrawal from the Springbok side with Premier Rugby.

Rugby World

Catt could be cream of the Bath prop crop

Here's a prediction: expect Nathan Catt to be Bath Rugby's most-used loosehead prop next season, writes Tom Bradshaw.

This is Bath

Butch James frustrated by Springbok setback

A frustrated Butch James has asked Bath Rugby bosses to take up the issue of his enforced withdrawal from the Springbok side with the English game's authorities.

This is Bath

Support the #letbutchplay campaign and wear a t-shirt!

If your like me and a die hard Bath Rugby supporter then I am sure your very aware of the current situation involving Butch James and Premier Rugby (see previous posts for info).

As reported on various other blogs and online reports a 'Let Butch Play' campaign has started on twitter. If you have a twitter account and believe Butch should be allowed to feature for the Springbok against Wales this Saturday then finish all your tweets with #letbutchplay.

You can also show your support by wearing a t-shirt designed and supplied by Eye Heart Bath Rugby clothing range

Follow this link to order your t-shirt today

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Have SA found a loop whole in Butch's Bath contract that will allow him to play against Wales?

South Africa fight for Butch James' release for Wales Test

South Africa are strenuously resisting attempts by Premier Rugby to have Butch James withdrawn from the Springboks' Test against Wales on Saturday because the game falls just outside the International Rugby Board’s official June window for international rugby.

SARU lawyers decided to examine the small print of James’ contract with Bath and stumbled on what they believe to be a loophole which does allow him to play after all.

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The "SkyWalk" - A New Concept For A Rec Arena

"The skywalk scheme will get everyone talking about the possibilities that imaginative, world-class architecture can open up." Peter Downey.

Real Friends of The Rec

Butch James now set to face Wales after all

Butch James is set to be re-instated in the Springboks side to face Wales on Saturday, in an extraordinary fresh twist.

Wales online

Bath rugby statement on Butch James

"Unfortunately Bath Rugby has had to withdraw Butch James from the match between South Africa and Wales this weekend as the date falls outside the international 'window' for June, agreed by all parties last year.

"Sadly the club didn't receive the letter from Saru [the South African Rugby Union], sent on 20 April, asking for Butch to play, so the issue has only quite recently come to our attention and we have sought clarification from the IRB as Saru were under the impression this weekend was within the agreed window.

"The first weekend in June is designated for rest and travel and not for matches, this is based primarily upon player welfare needs, to enable them to recuperate after the end of the season and before the summer internationals, which take place on the three subsequent weekends in June.

"It is very unfortunate for Butch, who is very keen to play for his country again, and we are fully supportive of this, but it does need to be within the internationally agreed parameters.

"We hope that he will get his chance next weekend and have explained the situation fully to him this evening [Tuesday] on the phone and apologised for the inconvenience and disappointment he has suffered."

BBC full report

Studs On The 22: Butchgate

Studs On The 22: Butchgate

Is this the new Bath shirt?

What do you think?

Springboks admit defeat in battle for Butch James to play against Wales

The Springboks have confirmed that Butch James has been pulled from South Africa's squad and will not play in Saturday's clash with Wales.

This is Bath

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

South Africa's Butch James banned

World Cup winner Butch James will on Wednesday be withdrawn from the Springbok side to play Wales in Cardiff on Saturday at the insistence of Premiership Rugby.


Bath Rugby say Butch James withdrawn from Springbok squad

Bath Rugby say Butch James has been withdrawn from South Africa's clash with Wales this Saturday amid a wrangle over player release regulations.

This is Bath

Expect a statement from Bath Rugby soon...

"BBC Sport Wales understands that Bath Rugby has asked James to withdraw from the Springbok side and the club is expected to release its own statement on the issue."

Full Report

South Africa defy Premier Rugby and say Butch James will face Wales

South Africa said today they would defy a Premier Rugby directive and play the Bath fly-half Butch James against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday. South Africa will tomorrow be reported to the International Rugby Board, which will order the Springboks not to pick the 31-year-old. Clubs are not obliged to release players for the friendly.

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Premier Rugby tell Bath to pull Butch James out of South Africa side

Premier Rugby today told Bath to pull Butch James out of the South Africa side to face Wales in Cardiff on Saturday because the game falls outside the official international Test window.

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Will Greenwood backing Lewis Moody to lead England from the front

WILL GREENWOOD admits that Martin Johnson could find it hard to take the England captaincy off Lewis Moody should the Bath-bound forward impress leading the Red Rose Down Under this summer.

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