Tuesday, 31 August 2010

JAMES RULED OUT OF WALLABIES CLASH

Bath fly-half Butch James is a notable absentee from the South Africa bench for this week's Tri Nations encounter against Australia in Bloemfontein

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Previews - Bath Rugby

Big things are expected at the Rec following the arrival of millionaire owner Bruce Craig and the appointment of Ian McGeechan as performance director.

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Bath's Ian McGeechan heading for his half century and keen for more

The new director of rugby at the Rec is preparing for Sunday's trip to Leeds, feels relegation should be scrapped and is not ruling out his eighth Lions tour.

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Monday, 30 August 2010

Butch James injury concern for Springboks and Bath Rugby

Butch James is a serious doubt for the Springboks' final game of the Tri-Nations after picking up an injury.

The Bath Rugby fly-half did not train with South Africa this morning and the nature of his injury is set to be made public later following further scans.

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David Flatman: This pre-season has done me a fat lot of good

Pre-season training used to be like hell with the lid off. I remember Francois Pienaar, the then head coach at Saracens, going away for a week mid-camp to shoot a TV advert for crisps in South Africa and leaving a pretty simple set of instructions for our fitness coach: "Run them hard, am and pm. Every day." Easy to say when you're at 35,000 feet in business class.

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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Olly Barkley has hailed the influence of Bath's new performance director Ian McGeechan prior to the new Aviva Premiership season.

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Friday, 27 August 2010

Moody blue (and black)

YOU don’t get much more of a seismic English rugby upheaval than swapping the green, white and red of Leicester Tigers for Bath’s blue and black, but Lewis Moody is convinced that leaving the country’s most successful club doesn’t means his trophy-winning years are behind him.

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Thursday, 26 August 2010

Video interview - Bath captain Luke Watson wary of Leicester Tigers

Bath's new captain Luke Watson says Leicester Tigers are still expected to win the Premiership despite several new signings arriving at the The Rec.

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Meehan will continue to release Butch James

Bath boss Steve Meehan insists he will continue to release Butch James for international duty but admits that he has been frustrated by the lack of game time the fly-half is being afforded by the Springboks.

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Dream comes true for Bath fan Mercer

Playing alongside a host of international forwards would faze most 20 year olds into silence.

But former King Edward's School pupil Guy Mercer admits he is getting used to the idea of telling his older, more experienced, team-mates what to do.

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BBC 5Live to launch new rugby season at The Rec

Big names from the rugby world will be in Bath on Wednesday night for the launch of the season on BBC radio.

Former England and British Lion Matt Dawson, pictured , will host Radio 5Live's Rugby Special from The Rec, with Wales head coach Warren Gatland, Andy Robinson, Sir Ian McGeechan and new Bath Rugby signing Lewis Moody the key guests.

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Bath Rugby take on Bristol rivals in training

Bath Rugby held a full contact training session with local rivals Bristol yesterday as the two sides prepare for the start of the new season in their respective leagues.

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Bath Rugby players get fired up during bonding day

The season proper may still be more than a week away, but Bath Rugby are already turning up the heat.

The squad headed to Bristol Airport for a team-building session with firefighters.

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Wednesday, 25 August 2010

OLLY BARKLEY’S ON A KNIFE-EDGE WITH ENGLAND COMEBACK

OLLY Barkley's last hope of an England comeback appears to depend on his new Bath performance director Sir Ian McGeechan’s meeting with the England coaches next month.

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Video interview - England flanker Lewis Moody targeting Bath silverware

Bath and England flanker Lewis Moody says he is expecting to pick up more trophies as he embarks on his first season at his new club.

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Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Bath Rugby get fired up at Bristol Airport

Bath Rugby players were feeling the heat yesterday (23rd August) when they took part in a team-building session hosted by Bristol Airport's fire training team.

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Monday, 23 August 2010

De Villiers plans Bath talks to end release sagas

Springbok coach Peter De Villiers intends to meet with Racing Metro, Bath and Ulster officials following the Tri-Nations in order to ensure no repeat of the protracted Frans Steyn release saga.

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Video interview - Sam Vesty praises skilful Bath squad

Bath's new fly-half and centre Sam Vesty has praised the quality of his team-mates ahead of the 2010/11 season.

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Bath Rugby renew sponsorship ahead of new season

The supply chain solutions provider Wincanton has renewed its sponsorship of the Aviva Premiership side Bath Rugby Club.

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Barkley stands firms over England snub quotes

Bath centre Olly Barkley has insisted that he did not break ranks when expressing his disappointment about England's selection policy on their June tour to Australia and New Zealand.

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Sunday, 22 August 2010

I'm back....!

So what have I missed?

I have been off the radar for the past two weeks and therefore have not been able to keep my blog up to date with important Bath Rugby news and gossip... and what a few weeks it has been, Bath Rugby have scored a hat full of try's in there pre-season friendlies, and from the reports I have read it looks like Sam Vesty has made quite an impact!?

I would't dısappear from the blogging world for no real reason...hopefully you guys can forgive me for getting married and going on my honeymoon!?

I am back now and will do my best to keep you up to date with Bath Rugby news, gossip and anything else I might come across!

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Players tell new Bath captain Luke Watson: "Don't change who you are"

Senior players at Bath Rugby gave Luke Watson their blessing for him to be captain with the message: "Just don't change who you are."

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Meehan: Luke Watson was the obvious choice for Bath Rugby captaincy

Steve Meehan has revealed he offered the Bath Rugby captaincy to Luke Watson within minutes of last year's skipper, Michael Claassens, turning down the opportunity to continue wearing the armband.

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Musicians drum up support at The Rec

Two familiar faces on Bath's music scene are joining forces to bring more noise to The Rec this season.

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Hosts miss out on the party as finals night comes to city

The Rec will play host to the finals of the inaugural JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series tomorrow – but there will be no Bath Rugby side competing.

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Guy Mercer to lead the Bath Rugby Academy

Former Bath schoolboy Guy Mercer has been appointed to a new leadership role at Bath Rugby.

The ex-captain of King Edward's School 1st XV has been made 'section leader' of the club's academy. He will form a link between the academy and the first team, and will hold regular meetings with head coach Steve Meehan.

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Will Jacques Boussuge get a 3 week trial at The Rec?

Bath Rugby will give France 7s specialist Jacques Boussuge a chance to pull on the blue, black and white jersey on Friday to determine whether he merits a two to three-week trial at The Rec.

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Monday, 2 August 2010

Ulster V Bath friendly to be shown on the BBC

Ulster V Bath will be shown on the BBC under the 'red button' on Friday 13th August at 7.20pm

Bath prop Billy Moss to join Bristol on loan

Bath Rugby prop Billy Moss will join Bristol on a season-long loan when he returns from pre-season training in France.

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Bath Rugby Announce Luke Watson as Captain - video interview

As the player's ramp up pre-season training in Aix en Provence, Bath Rugby's Luke Watson talks about the honour and privilege of being made Captain.

Season Starts Here

New day, new season, the hard work has just begun...You don't own your shirt, you have to fight for it!

Luke Watson named Bath Rugby captain

Luke Watson will skipper Bath Rugby for the forthcoming season - having put his own nomination for the captaincy to the vote.

The 26-year-old South African will take over from countryman Michael Claassens, who declined the opportunity to skipper Bath for a second season

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Sunday, 1 August 2010

Exclusive interview with Bruce Craig - ERE

Stepping into Farleigh House is like stepping back 200 years in history. The place is steeped in it. I’m here to meet Bruce Craig and Nick Blofeld, the new heart and mind of Bath Rugby. And I’m here to find out what’s really in store for the club, how deep their commitment lies and what we can all expect to see in the short and long term future.

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