Thursday, 30 September 2010

Bath team to face Gloucester - Friday KO 8pm Live on Sky

15 Nick Abendanon

14 Matt Carraro

13 Shontayne Hape

12 Olly Barkley

11 Matt Banahan

10 Sam Vesty

9 Michael Claassens

1 David Barnes

2 Pieter Dixon

3 Duncan Bell

4 Stuart Hooper

5 Danny Grewcock

6 Andy Beattie

7 Lewis Moody

8 Luke Watson (c)

 

Replacements

16 Ross Batty

17 Nathan Catt

18 David Wilson

19 Ben Skirving

20 Josh Ovens

21 Mark McMillan

22 Tom Biggs

23 Jack Cuthbert

Tom can make a big impression at Bath Rugby

Lock forward Stuart Hooper is backing livewire wing Tom Biggs to follow up his scintillating performance against Sale Sharks with more eye- catching displays.

 

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Surreal start for new Bath recruit John van der Giessen

John van der Giessen knew that the omens for his move to Bath Rugby were good when he arrived at the English consulate in New York.

The woman on the other side of the counter just happened to be a Bath fan.

 

Read more:

http://tiny.cc/1xw9w

Haag: We're ready to light up Rec in derby battle with Gloucester

Bath Rugby forwards coach Martin Haag played in many a local derby during his long spell as a player at The Rec – but admits the buzz from a local grudge match is just as intense as a coach.

 

Read more:

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Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Bath centre Ben Williams enjoying learning curve

Bath's young centre Ben Williams says he is relishing the chance to learn from the club's international players.

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Bath Rugby V Gloucester preview

Bath Rugby have won seven of their last eight regular season games in the Premiership. Bath have been victorious in their last eight Premiership matches at The Rec, whilst another win would set a new Bath record for successive home Premiership victories.

Gloucester Rugby's four games so far have all been won by the home side on the day. Gloucester's only away win in the Premiership since 4 October 2009 was 23-22 at relegated Worcester on 8 May.

Gloucester have won just once in 13 previous visits to The Rec in the Premiership: 21-17 on 13 September 2008.

 

Referee: Wayne Barnes (84th Premiership game)

 

Live on SkySports HD - KO 20:05 at The Rec

 

www.premiershiprugby.com

Monday, 27 September 2010

Injury update ahead of Glaws game

Great quote to take from this article:

'Meehan revealed he expected David Flatman, David Wilson and Matt Banahan to be available for selection against Gloucester.'

Read full Sky Sports - match facts

Bath United taking on London Wasps A - Bath team

Kick off is tonight 7.15pm at the Rec.

15. Chris Lewis
14. Ollie Woodburn
13. Nick Scott
12. Ben Mosses
11. Matt Garner
10. Paul Roberts
9. Chris Cook

1. Mike Daniels
2. Max Anderson
3. Kane Palma-Newport
4. Jamie Collins
5. John Van Der Giessen
6. James Stephenson
7. Guy Mercer
8. Will Skuse

Replacements:- Ted Stagg, Max Ashcroft, Max Maidment, Nick Morris, James Tyas, Matt Keyte, Freddie Strange, Steven Bath.

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Sunday, 26 September 2010

David Flatman: Jonny gets so much because he's worth it

I had a chat with our club president the other day and he said: "We want to keep you, at any price." I remember at the time thinking how strange it was that he had developed, almost overnight, a strong French accent but decided not to let it worry me. After all, this was a good day. It was when I woke up shivering under a filthy blanket in my Bath bedsit that I realised it had all been a dream.

Read more...

Bath Rugby's Ben Williams backed to make impression on European stage

Rising Bath Rugby star Ben Williams has been tipped to play a central role in Bath's Heineken Cup campaign this season by head coach Steve Meehan.

This Is Bath

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Match reports - Bath Rugby V Sale

Bath Rugby left it late to secure the bonus point try in their 31-16 win over Sale Sharks at The Rec.

Leading 24-6 at half time and with three tries on the scoresheet, Bath looked in a comfortable position to press on for the four-try bonus point.

But it took a 78th minute touchdown from 21-year-old replacement centre Ben Williams to give Bath the maximum five-point haul.

This is Bath
Rugby World
Rugby Week
Scrum
Telegraph
Yahoo

Friday, 24 September 2010

Fancy a flutter? Bath to win by 13?

The match day odds from Sky Bet:

Match Result
Bath 1/8
Drawn Match 25/1
Sale 9/2

Handicap Betting
-13 Bath 10/11
Handicap Draw 16/1
+13 Sale 10/11

Player to score first
Biggs 9/1
Carraro 10/1
Abendanon 11/1
Hape 12/1
Barkley 14/1

Bath Rugby team to face Sale on Saturday KO 2.15pm

Bath Rugby team to face Sale Sharks
15. Nick Abendanon
14. Matt Carraro
13. Shontayne Hape
12. Olly Barkley
11. Tom Biggs
10. Sam Vesty
9. Michael Claassens
1. David Barnes
2. Pieter Dixon
3. Duncan Bell
4. Stuart Hooper
5. Danny Grewcock
6. Andy Beattie
7. Lewis Moody
8. Luke Watson (c)

Replacements
16. Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18. Mark Lilley
19. Ben Skirving
20. Josh Ovens
21. Mark McMillan
22. Ben Williams
23. Jack Cuthbert

Thursday, 23 September 2010

BRTV: Mastermind with Guy Mercer

Guy is quizzed on his chosen subject - Star Wars!

Jeremy Guscott's Aviva Premiership predictions

Bath v Sale

Bath made too many basic mistakes against Northampton last week and were further punished with a yellow card early in the second half, which contributed to their defeat.

In contrast Sale benefited from a couple of yellows against Harlequins last week and fought back well to win a game they looked like losing.

The Sharks haven't been great on the road and Bath have done very well at home, and I expect Bath to bounce back from their disappointment at Saints with victory.

However, with players like past and present England stars Ben Cohen, Mark Cueto and Andrew Sheridan, plus promising youngster James Gaskell, Sale won't be a pushover.

Prediction: Bath to win by more than seven.

Read the rest of Guscott's predictions

TOM BRADSHAW: Old order is under threat at Bath Rugby

I watched the film Invictus for the first time at the weekend, the day after Bath's inglorious evening at Franklin's Gardens.

As a retelling of South Africa's triumphant World Cup campaign on home soil in 1995, it was entertaining enough, and its political point hits the mark too – if delivered with a sledgehammer.

 

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PETER SHORT: Going cheap - 60,000 Barnes testimonial brochures

Friday's result had us suckling on the bitter-tasting teat of defeat for the first time this year.

The match showed that if you are even slightly off the boil in one or two facets of the game, the opposition will happily run amok and drive their advantage home.

 

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Sir Ian calls for clinical approach against Sale

Sir Ian McGeechan says Bath Rugby's response to their heavy defeat by Northampton Saints will not be based solely on emotion.

Instead, the Bath performance director is calling on his players to bring a clinical, technical approach to Saturday's shot at redemption at The Rec.

 

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http://tiny.cc/x2gti

Cool Catt is staying patient

 A couple of weeks ago, Bath head coach Steve Meehan was asked at a press conference whether he felt he had another Matt Stevens on his hands in the shape of Nathan Catt.

Meehan's characteristically droll response of "In what regard?" set off a chorus of chuckles.

 

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http://tiny.cc/kei4w

Big Ben is ready to strike for Bath Rugby

When I first met Ben Williams just over a year ago, he told me that Mike Tindall had been his inspiration as a schoolboy.

And when you look at the strapping young centre's frame – all 6ft 2in and 15 stone of it – the obvious conclusion is that he, too, styles himself as a hard-tackling, crash-ball back, just like the England star whom he idolised as a teenager.

 

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http://tiny.cc/n4cnh

Bath Rugby fired up by 'shock and humiliation'

The "shock and humiliation" of their demolition by Northampton Saints will spur Bath Rugby to big things this weekend, say the club's senior players.

 

Read more:

http://tiny.cc/eop9d

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Team updates...

Who's going to be playing this weekend?
According to Tom Bradshaw (Bath Chronicle rugby writer) don't expect to see some of the Bath Rugby favourites taking the field:

'There's been a bit of speculation that Banahan and Flatman will be back for Bath against Sale. They won't be, nor will Taylor or Mears.'
Bradshaw 22/09/10

Bath pursue Butch James compensation from South Africa

Bath have confirmed they are seeking compensation from South Africa Rugby for the injury sustained by their star fly-half Butch James.

Read more...

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

A brief match preview: Bath V Sale

The two teams met three times in all competitions last season with Bath victorious on each occasion, whilst Sale have won just once at The Rec since 1998: 21-9 in the Premiership on 2 January 2006.

Read more...

Sunday, 19 September 2010

From the Front Row: Injured Butch always grins and bears it

I wish I were a bit more like Butch James. I don't mean all handsome, talented and famous, I mean more permanently upbeat. I would like to think of myself as a positive person but, like most of us, during the hard times I am prone to a bit of a sulk.

Read more from David Flatman in the Independent

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Saints V Bath match reaction - Meehan, Watson and Mallinder

A dismayed Steve Meehan was left mystified by his players' lack of appetite for a physical encounter as Bath Rugby put up feeble resistance to Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens.

This Is Bath - Meehan: We're angry and upset with that performance
Sky Sports - Mallinder 'one of our best'

A message from Luke Watson via Twitter:

'That was terrible!! Sorry to all the Bath supporters. I'm very disappointed. It's going to be a long trip back home but we will bounce back!Credit to the Saints who were clinical and dangerous tonight. Well played. It's still very early in the comp. A lot of work to be done! Even though we got a bit of a hiding tonight, it's still such an honour and privilege to play for Bath! We WILL bounce back... Stronger!!'

Well said Luke, onwards and upwards...look out Sale! :)

Saints V Bath match reports

Bath Rugby suffered their first defeat of the Aviva Premiership season as they went down to an impressive Northampton Saints team at Franklin's Gardens, 31-10.

Bath Rugby
Aviva Rugby
Express
This Is Bath
Telegraph
Sky Sports

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Northampton to beat Bath by 6? Hope not!

Tomorrows match odds from Sky Bet:

Match Result
Northampton 4/11
Drawn Match 20/1
Bath 2/1

Handicap Betting
-6 Northampton 10/11
Handicap Draw 16/1
+6 Bath 10/11

Argentine lock Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe signs for Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby have coaxed the supremely experienced Argentine lock forward Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe out of retirement.

The 35-year-old, a veteran of three World Cup campaigns for the Pumas, has joined Bath for the remainder of the season.

Read more...

Bath team to face Northampton Saints on Friday, KO 7.45pm

Bath Rugby team:

 

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Matt Carraro
13. Shontayne Hape
12. Olly Barkley
11. Tom Biggs
10. Sam Vesty
9. Mark McMillan
1. David Barnes
2. Pieter Dixon
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper
5. Danny Grewcock
6. Andy Beattie
7. Lewis Moody
8. Luke Watson (c)

 

Replacements:

 

16. Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18. Duncan Bell
19. Ben Skirving
20. Josh Ovens
21. Michael Claassens
22. Ben Williams
23. Jack Cuthbert

Bath Rugby sign USA captain John van der Giessen and is there another big signing on the way?

Bath Rugby have signed USA Eagles captain John van der Giessen on a short-term contract - and the Chronicle understands another big signing may be imminent.

 

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http://tiny.cc/ysolg

Jason Leonard says Lee Mears will silence doubters

England legend Jason Leonard has backed Bath's Lee Mears to silence his doubters and prove size doesn't matter when it comes to bossing the Aviva Premiership this season.

 

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http://tiny.cc/x85w5

Facing England's best is no pain in the neck for Nick Abendanon

The man they call Bendy looks distinctly stiff as he walks in for our interview.

Knocked unconscious during Saturday's win over London Irish, Nick Abendanon resembles a man who's been on a very long, very arduous tour of duty. And we're only two-and-a-half weeks into the Aviva Premiership.

 

Read more:

http://tiny.cc/nq499

Bath Rugby stay positive over Butch James injury

Bath Rugby are confident Butch James will return from his latest setback in good shape after the Springbok went under the knife with a shoulder injury.

 

Read more:

http://tiny.cc/gse99

Olly Barkley: 'Sam's the man to fill Butch's boots'

Olly Barkley is backing Sam Vesty to fill the gap created by Butch James latest injury blow.

Barkley returned for Bath Rugby against London Irish at the weekend – and gave England attack coach Brian Smith a glimpse of what the national side are missing with a distinguished all-round performance.

 

Read more:

http://tiny.cc/k6s42

Sam Vesty finds a home at number ten

Sam Vesty is seeking to make the Bath Rugby number ten shirt his own following Butch James latest injury blow

 

Read more:

http://tiny.cc/vr8p9

Dragons sign Cheeseman

Newport Gwent Dragons have signed Welshman Tom Cheeseman on loan from Bath for the remainder of the 2010-11 season.

Read more:

http://tiny.cc/b7rrz

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Bath sign John Van Der Giessen

Breaking news just in, is that USA Eagle captain John van der Giessen has just signed a short-term contract with the Bath Rugby!

Want to know more:

Who is John Van Der Giessen?

USA Eagles website

John Van Der Giessen in action:

Four Bath players in Sky Sports team of the week

Four Bath players have made the Sky Sports team of the week:

Nathan Catt
Michael Claasens
Olly Barkley
Nick Abendanon

Full team

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Bath can cope with early injuries, says Brad Davis

Bath assistant coach Brad Davis believes the club is well equipped to cope with a crop of early-season injuries to key first-team players.

Read more from the BBC...

Bath Rugby Statement on Butch James

Bath Rugby can confirm that Butch James has undergone surgery to stabilise his right shoulder, and is expected to be back in November.

 

Read more:

http://tiny.cc/rxfcq

Monday, 13 September 2010

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Meehan upbeat despite Bath Rugby losing four to injury

A confident Steve Meehan declared “I never doubted that we’d win”, despite his Bath Rugby side leaving it late to defeat London Irish at The Rec.

Read more...

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Sky Sports match reaction - Bath V Irish

Bath boss Steve Meehan was delighted with his side's industrious attitude after they maintained their unbeaten start to the Aviva Premiership campaign against London Irish.

Read more...

Bath V Irish match reports

Steve Meehan praised Bath Rugby players' attitude and commitment after Nick Abendanon's dramatic late try gave them victory over London Irish at the Recreation Ground.

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Sky Sports

Premiership Rugby

Aviva Rugby

This Is Bath

The Telegraph

London Irish website

Scrum

Craig can assess Bath's progress since the takeover as London Irish travel to the Rec

It is 10 months since London Irish left Bath's fortunes at rock bottom by winning 16-0 at the Recreation Ground – a game watched by a slight, smartly dressed stranger with a briefcase who happened to be in possession of a fortune of his own. His name? Bruce Craig.

Read more...

Bath to win by more than 7..... according to Jeremy Guscott!?

Bath V Irish

This will be an attractive game of rugby, as both sides showed good form last week.

Irish played smart rugby against Saracens at Twickenham last week, capitalising on a yellow card dished out to the opposition by scoring points and never looking back.

They have a very dangerous back three, and if Sailosi Tagicakibau breaks tackles and is allowed to run, then Bath will struggle.

At home this season, Bath will be difficult to beat and in Sam Vesty I believe they have a very astute fly-half more than capable of running the show.

If Matt Banahan is playing in the centre again with Shontayne Hape, this is a very heavyweight attacking option that will cause Irish headaches in midfield.

Prediction: Bath by more than seven points

Read all of Jeremy Guscott's predictions from the BBC website

Friday, 10 September 2010

Fancy a flutter? Bath to win by 7 points!?

Match Result
Bath 4/11
Drawn Match 18/1
London Irish 11/5

Handicap betting
-7 Bath 10/11
Handicap Draw 16/1
+7 London Irish 10/11

Player to score ... First or last Tryscorer
Matt Carraro 9/1
Matt Banahan 9/1
Nick Abendanon 12/1
Shontayne Hape 14/1

BRTV: Shontayne Hape Interview



BRTV talks to Bath and England centre Shontayne Hape who looks forward to this weekend against London Irish and also his appearance in the Bath Rugby Calendar shoot!

Bath Rugby team to face Irish on Saturday

Bath Rugby team to face London Irish at The Rec, KO 2.15pm

 

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. Lee Mears
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper
5. Danny Grewcock
6. Simon Taylor
7. Lewis Moody
8. Luke Watson (c)

 

Replacements

 

16. Pieter Dixon
17. Nathan Catt
18. Duncan Bell
19. Ben Skirving
20. Andy Beattie
21. Mark McMillan
22. Tom Biggs
23. Jack Cuthbert

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Matt Carraro keen to stay at Bath beyond two-year deal

Bath's Australian back Matt Carraro says he would love to stay at the club beyond his current two-year deal.

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Key Clash Preview: Bath v London Irish

Steve Meehan’s side face their first home test of the season and go into it after winning last weekend up at Leeds. Bath looked sharp, particularly new captain Luke Watson.

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Jacques Boussuge has right attitude says Meehan

Bath Rugby head coach Steve Meehan is confident that the attitude shown by new signing Jacques Boussuge will help him become a Premiership- grade wing in a matter of weeks.

 

Read more:

http://tiny.cc/xdwed

FAN'S VIEW: Both quality and quantity for Rec faithful

A new season dawns at The Rec on Saturday, and the old ground will bask in the sunshine having undergone yet another makeover during the summer

 

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http://tiny.cc/9xmjv

TOM BRADSHAW: Plenty at stake as Bath look to exorcise their Irish ghost

You are cordially invited to an exorcism. Dress: Blue, black and white. Date: 2.15pm Saturday, September 11. Location: The Rec.

Last year's low point for Bath Rugby came when they suffered the ignominy of being nilled at home by London Irish.

That loss on a night of Macbethian weather confirmed that something akin to electric shock therapy was needed if Bath were to rise out of their slough of despond.

 

Read more:

http://tiny.cc/7xq9p

Anxious wait for James

Bath are bracing themselves for news fly-half Butch James could be facing a lengthy spell out with a shoulder injury.

 

Read more:

http://tiny.cc/n4x55

PETER SHORT: Why it's not always cool to follow the kids

And we're off! The season started with a bang over the weekend and everyone in the squad was pleased to come away from Leeds with five points.

 

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http://tiny.cc/jydfn

New era beckons at Bath

It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that a young rugby player of good fortune probably won’t sign for Bath just because the city has a Jane Austen Museum. In fact, none of Luke Watson, Pieter Dixon, Butch James or Michael Claasen has been to the temple to middle England’s greatest novelist; all four are in determined mood as the new English season unfolds, however, and prepared to lead Bath to what could be a famous new era for the club.

 

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http://tiny.cc/sieaz

Bath coach Steve Meehan hails impact of Sam Vesty

Bath head coach Steve Meehan has said new fly-half Sam Vesty has impressed since arriving from rivals Leicester in the summer.

 

Read more:

http://tiny.cc/11l1l

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Bath United out-muscled by determined Exeter Chiefs A

In a close fought battle, Bath United were out-muscled at The Recreation Ground last night by a strong Exeter Chiefs A side. Final score 9-13.

 

Read the match report:

http://tiny.cc/jwoqy

Monday, 6 September 2010

Bath United team to face Exeter Chiefs A

Tonight at The Rec, Kick-off 7.15pm

Bath United team

15. Chris Lewis
14. Jacques Boussuge
13. Tom Cheeseman
12. Ben Williams
11. Nick Scott
10. Paul Roberts
9. Chris Cook
1. David Barnes (c)
2. Ross Batty
3. Mark Lilley
4. Rhys Davies
5. Jamie Collins
6. James Tyas
7. Guy Mercer
8. Josh Ovens

Replacements

16. Ted Stagg
17. Max Ashcroft
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Nick Morris
20. James Stephenson
21. Matt Keyte
22. Sean Lilley
23. Miles Davies

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Some Bath Rugby videos to pass the time!

Enjoy!!





Leeds V Bath match reaction

Bath head coach Steve Meehan praised his players' attitude following the 32-16 bonus-point victory at Aviva Premiership Rugby rivals Leeds but demanded a big improvement on their performance.

Premiership Rugby

This is Bath

Leeds V Bath match reports.

Bath, far from faultless but classy and composed when needed, underlined their obvious potential to challenge strongly in this season’s Aviva Premiership with this bonus-point victory on the road against tricky opposition.

The Telegraph

Daily Mail

Premiership Rugby

The Guardian

Sky Sports

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Luke Watson relishing the challenge of being the new sheriff in Bath

In 15 years of interviewing rugby players for this newspaper, no one has done what Luke Watson did this week. “Thanks for the chat,” he texted, unprompted. “Really enjoyed it. Take care. Luke.”

Read more...

Barkley aims to bounce back

England coach Martin Johnson was wrong to leave Olly Barkley out of his pre-World Cup plans, according to the Bath back.

Read more...

Friday, 3 September 2010

I can fill the void left by Maddock, says new Bath Rugby recruit Biggs

They are of similar physiques – and now new Bath Rugby wing Tom Biggs wants to have a similar impact to the one that Joe Maddock had when he was at the club.

 

Read more:

http://tiny.cc/2qz39

Bath team to face Leeds - Sunday LO 3pm

Bath Rugby team to face Leeds Carnegie

 

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. Lee Mears
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper
5. Danny Grewcock
6. Simon Taylor
7. Lewis Moody
8. Luke Watson (c)

16. Pieter Dixon
17. Nathan Catt
18. Duncan Bell
19. Ben Skirving
20. Andy Beattie
21. Mark McMillan
22. Tom Biggs
23. Jack Cuthbert

We're not feeling the pressure, says Bath skipper Luke Watson

Bath Rugby skipper Luke Watson insists the weight of expectation around the club this season will not affect his side.

With a galaxy of new resources, a generous new owner and after a sparkling end to last season, bookmakers are offering good odds on Bath taking the Aviva Premiership by storm.

 

Read more:

http://tiny.cc/qv7d9

Dan still the man

Mirror article

 

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BBC video interview: England winger Matt Banahan confident of Bath success

Bath winger Matt Banahan tells BBC Points West he firmly believes the side can pick up some silverware this season.

 

Watch the interview:

http://tiny.cc/wmbxv

Chris Cook named in Under 20 Elite Player Squad

England have named an Under 20 Elite Player Squad containing "a great blend of skill, pace and power" for the 2010-11 season, with scrum-half, Chris Cook, flying the flag for Bath.

 

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http://tiny.cc/57pg7

Thursday, 2 September 2010

LIVE COVERAGE: Bath Rugby take on Leeds Carnegie in Premiership opener

Chronicle rugby writer Tom Bradshaw will report from Headingley on Sunday, bringing interactive coverage of Bath Rugby's Aviva Premiership clash with Leeds Carnegie (K.O. 3pm)

 

Find out more:

http://tiny.cc/hdx0z

All going swimmingly well at Bath

Olly Barkley says life has never been better at Bath, who raided Leicester in the summer and signed England internationals Lewis Moody and Sam Vesty.

 

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http://tiny.cc/za3zi

Matt Banahan is a lean, mean try machine

Bath Rugby and England battering ram Matt Banahan has revealed he has lost a stone ahead of the new season.

Banahan, who popped up in the number 13 shirt in two of Bath's pre-season friendlies, wants to make himself into a more rounded outside back in order to assist his international ambitions.

 

Read more:

http://tiny.cc/omaro

Bath Rugby sign Jacques Boussuge on one-year deal

Jacques Boussuge this afternoon agreed terms to join Bath Rugby on a one-year deal.

Club chief executive Nick Blofeld told the Chronicle that the club had decided to sign the Frenchmen after head coach Steve Meehan became convinced he and the rest of the coaches could develop the 7s specialist.

 

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http://tiny.cc/q4kc1

Trio of financial world's big hitters become directors of Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby have appointed a trio of the financial world's biggest hitters as directors.

Lord MacLaurin, a former chairman of Tesco and Vodafone who lives next door to Bath's new headquarters in Farleigh Hungerford, is perhaps the best known of the three, having previously been in charge of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

 

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