Friday, 31 December 2010

Bath team to face London Irish

Bath team to play Irish on New Years Day

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

Replacements

16. Pieter Dixon
17. Duncan Bell
18. Aaron Jarvis
19. Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe
20. Ben Skirving
21. Mark McMillan
22. Sam Vesty
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Thursday, 30 December 2010

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

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

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

Skipper Watson returns for Bath Rugby's trip to Exiles

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

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

Flatman aiming to uncover sporting talent of future

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

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

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



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

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

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

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

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Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Bath Rugby Inside Out goes mobile!

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


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

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

Sunday, 26 December 2010

David Flatman's Independent Column

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

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Moody ready to take on the world!

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


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Thursday, 23 December 2010

Bath Rugby V Exeter - POSTPONED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mercer faces six weeks on the sidelines after breaking his thumb

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

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

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

PETER SHORT: Panto stars possess the 'triple threat'

COMPETITION: See Bath Rugby take on Leeds at The Rec

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butch to leave Bath Rugby

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Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Your Christmas questions to the Bath Rugby players

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

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



Saturday, 18 December 2010

Game On!

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

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Friday, 17 December 2010

Weather updates - Bath V Ulster

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

 

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

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

 

Nick Blofled



More info at www.bathrugby.com

Bath team to face Ulster this Saturday

Bath Rugby team to face Ulster Rugby

 

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

 

Replacements

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Bath V Ulster still on!

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

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

Thursday, 16 December 2010

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

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

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

 

Bath bid to stop exit of third Springbok

Student Scott happy to be learning on and off the field

'Smashing' sessions set the tone for Ulster showdown

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

Carraro frustrated by lack of ball

TOM BRADSHAW: Michael Lynagh or Barry John, anyone?

PETER SHORT: Spare time is Flashing by

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

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

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

 

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http://tiny.cc/z9rkx

Butch is back!

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

 

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http://tiny.cc/s19zw

Monday, 13 December 2010

James Hook to Bath??

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

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Sunday, 12 December 2010

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

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

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Ulster V Bath - Match reports and reaction

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


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

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

Friday, 10 December 2010

Bath team to face Ulster this weekend

Bath Rugby team to face Ulster Rugby -

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

 

Replacements

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

Transfer rumours!

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

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Thursday, 9 December 2010

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

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

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

 

Bath Rugby set to lose Butch James after fresh Lions bid

No surprise to see Luke follow his cause

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

Trio miss Ulster redemption bid but England stars return to fold

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

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

McMillan enjoys Claass rivalry for number nine shirt

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

TOM BRADSHAW: Time for pragmatism, not sensationalism

Bath fan Fenner gets tips from Barbarians' best

Bath must win away from home!

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

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Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Bath Rugby on TV

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

Monday, 6 December 2010

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

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

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Sad news - Luke Watson to leave Bath Rugby

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

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

Good luck Luke, you will be missed!

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Saturday, 4 December 2010

Bath Rugby interested in signing Tom Croft!?

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

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

Read more...

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

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

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

 

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

 

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Newcastle game postponed

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

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

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

 

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

 

See The Bath Rugby Website for more information...