Saturday, 31 December 2011

Brad Davis: Bath Rugby will handle the pressure against London Irish

Dan Hipkiss, Tom Biggs and Simon Taylor all return as Bath make six changes to the starting line-up for tomorrow’s Aviva Premiership match against London Irish.

Taylor lines up alongside Andy Beattie and captain Francois Louw in the back row for the New Year’s Day clash (1.30pm).

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Friday, 30 December 2011

Bath Rugby team to face London Irish

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Matt Carraro
13. Dan Hipkiss
12. Matt Banahan
11. Tom Biggs
10. Stephen Donald
9. Michael Claassens
1. Nathan Catt
2. Ross Batty
3. Anthony Perenise
4. Dave Attwood
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Andy Beattie
7. Francois Louw (c)
8. Simon Taylor

Replacements

16. Will Tanner
17. Charlie Beech
18. David Wilson
19. Ben Skirving
20. Guy Mercer
21. Chris Cook
22. Tom Heathcote
23. Kyle Eastmond



Betfair's take on Bath Rugby V Irish..

Bath have been difficult to predict this season, but one aspect of their game that has been consistent is that their defence has been strong and punters can profit from this in their match against London Irish on Sunday.

Although Leinster pulverised Sir Ian McGeechan's side in the Heineken Cup, Bath have resorted to giving away penalties rather than concede seven points. The West Country side have conceded the fewest tries in the league, but an incredible 42 penalty goals in their 11 matches.

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Attwood eyes England return

Bath lock Dave Attwood is hoping to resurrect his international career by claiming a place in England's squad for the 2012 Six Nations.

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Thursday, 29 December 2011

This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby...

Christmas may have been mild but for Bath Rugby the chill continued to spread as they slipped to their fourth consecutive Premiership defeat.

The Christmas Eve clash looked done and dusted by half time after Northampton opened up a 22-3 lead. And although the Saints' halo slipped a little in the second period when they lost two players to the sin bin in quick succession, Bath were unable to pull themselves back into serious contention.

Read them all now...



Kyle Eastmond ready to make Bath Rugby debut

Kyle Eastmond is poised to make his debut for Bath after a frustrating start to his career in the 15-man code.

A groin problem has so far prevented the 22-year-old from playing for his new club since switching from rugby league side St Helens in the autumn.

Read more...

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Sir Ian McGeechan sees hope for struggling Bath Rugby

Bath director of rugby Sir Ian McGeechan backed his side to come good after their improved second half in the defeat at Franklin’s Gardens.

Bath slipped to their fourth consecutive defeat after George Pisi inspired Saints to a 22-3 lead at the interval.

Read more...



Monday, 26 December 2011

Craig lends backing to McGeechan

Bath owner Bruce Craig has backed Sir Ian McGeechan to turnaround the West Country side's fortunes.

The blue, black and white are currently languishing tenth in the Aviva Premiership and fell to Northampton 22-13 on Christmas Eve. The result was their seventh defeat in eight games and with their Heineken Cup aspirations gone after their back-to-back defeats to Leinster, Craig - speaking before their loss to the Saints - is adamant that he has full confidence in McGeechan's ability to bring the glory days back to the Recreation Ground.

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Sunday, 25 December 2011

Fourth defeat in a row for Bath Rugby as 13-man Northampton hang on

A strange game at Franklin’s Gardens saw Northampton condemn Bath to their fourth consecutive defeat.

The Saints, thanks to a star performance from George Pisi, were in complete control as they opened up a 22-3 lead at the interval.

Read more...



Friday, 23 December 2011

Geech’s got Bath backing

Fans are furious the former English and European champions are sliding into the drop zone.

And they have expressed increasing criticism of Lions and Scotland legend McGeechan, appointed as rugby director at The Rec by multi-millionaire owner Bruce Craig.

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Bath owner Bruce Craig insists rugby calendar must divide into club and international competition time

Bath owner Bruce Craig has warned rugby’s governing bodies that the club game could struggle to survive in its current form unless radical reforms are made to the domestic and international calendars.

Craig, who amassed a £900 million fortune from his pharmaceutical business, fears conflict could erupt between the club and international game if the existing set-up is maintained.

Read more...



Bath Rugby team to face Northampton Saints

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Matt Carraro
13. Ben Williams
12. Olly Barkley
11. Matt Banahan
10. Stephen Donald
9. Michael Claassens
1. David Flatman
2. Ross Batty
3. David Wilson
4. Dave Attwood
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Andy Beattie
7. Guy Mercer
8. Francois Louw (c)

Replacements
16. Will Tanner
17. Nathan Catt
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Will Spencer
20. Josh Ovens
21. Chris Cook
22. Tom Heathcote
23. Jack Cuthbert



Donald wins 'hero of the year' and Bath Rugby almost take 'award'...

Flop of the Year

Manu Tuilagi's belly flop from the ferry could be worth a mention while on the domestic scene it was a disappointing year for Bruce Craig's Bath. The West Country side are now one of the wealthiest sides in England and despite Craig's millions being pumped into the behind-the-scenes side of the club, the blue, black and white are yet to hit the heights of yesteryear. In Super Rugby, the Brumbies endured a woeful campaign while in the Top 14 Biarritz have had a shocking start to the current season.

But the clear winner of this award has to be England for their World Cup campaign. Going into the tournament as the holders of the Six Nations and with a win in Ireland under the belts, Martin Johnson's charges seemed destined to impress in New Zealand. But their campaign was dogged with ill-discipline both on and off the field as England bowed out of the cup with a whimper at the quarter-final stages.

Read more from Scrum...


Bath scrum-half Michael Classens knows club needs to step up to avoid disaster this season

Bath may have the wealthiest owner in British rugby and will soon boast some of the best training facilities in the world but as a club they have always been built on big characters and a bloody minded determination.

Currently 10th in the Premiership, Bath were sent hurtling out of Heineken Cup contention last Saturday when they were crushed 51-27 by Leinster at the Aviva Stadium with the home side virtually 'declaring' on the hour to save further humiliation.

Read more...



Thursday, 22 December 2011

This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby...

Bath Rugby have had more sobering experiences in recent weeks than the most avid festive party-goer.

And in the fair city famed for its stout, they were handed the most sobering slap around the chops of them all.

The gulf between Bath and Leinster, between Premiership and Pro12, and between the Bath of aspiration and the Bath of reality was laid bare at the cathedral of Irish rugby.

Read them all now...


Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Confirmed fixture details for Rounds 5 and 6 in the Heineken Cup

Round 5:
Montpellier Herault v Bath Rugby – Saturday 14th January, 2pm kick off.
Stade Yves du Manoir, Montpellier

Round 6:
Bath Rugby v Glasgow Warriors – Saturday 21st January, 1:30pm kick off.
The Recreation Ground




Acid test for injury-hit Bath after Irish debacle

They are third from bottom of the Premiership, they have just been reduced to 50-odd points' worth of dust by the reigning Heineken Cup champions – their worst defeat, by a mile, in 14 years of European competition – and their second team have won nothing, not even a losing bonus point, all season. One way or another, Bath are in a bad place, as two senior players, the Springbok scrum-half Michael Claassens and the England prop David Wilson, conceded yesterday. Claassens described last weekend's spanking by Leinster in Dublin as "embarrassing", while Wilson settled for "unacceptable".

Read more...

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Do you agree? Harsh but fair?

A paragraph from the Irish Times:

Admittedly, in all this, Bath were utterly abysmal. So much lateral running, little or no decoy runners or straight runners, or defensive or attacking shape come to think of it, double-skip passes by their, em, World Cup-winning outhalf to props wide out, utterly aimless kicking and glorified spectators at the breakdown, Bath looked (or were made to look) the worst English Premiership team ever to pitch up hereabouts in the Heineken Cup.

Read the whole article here...



Bath United lose out to forceful Gloucester

Bath United were unable to get their first win of the Aviva A league as they fell to a powerful Gloucester side, made up of a host of familiar Aviva Premiership names. Despite a try from Sam Weier and eight points from the boot of Brad Barnes, Gloucester emerged victorious having scored five forward orientated tries. Final Score 13-36.

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Sunday, 18 December 2011

Bath captain Francois Louw ready for inevitable inquest after Leinster humbling

Captain Francois Louw knows Bath must go back to the drawing board in the wake of this record defeat at the hands of Leinster.

For the first time in their prestigious history in this competition, Bath conceded 50 points and seven tries in their biggest losing margin in the Heineken Cup. There were mitigating circumstances that Bath will cling to as the dust settles from their demolition in Dublin.

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We were off the pace, admits Bath Rugby coach Brad Davis

First-team coach Brad Davis bemoaned an under-par defence and poor decision-making after Bath Rugby were dismantled in Dublin by Heineken Cup champions Leinster.

Davis took his hat off to Leinster's attacking flair as the province took a stranglehold on Pool 3.

Bath, meanwhile, are dead and buried in this year's competition. After this evening's 52-27 thumping they sit bottom of their group, tied on six points with Montpellier but with an inferior points difference.

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Bath Rugby taught a European masterclass in Dublin by champs Leinster

Leinster 52, Bath Rugby 27

Bath Rugby's Heineken Cup hopes were reduced to dust as they were steam-rollered by a ruthlessly brilliant Leinster.

The reigning cup holders showed just why they are the champions of Europe with a seven-try demolition of their English opposition in front of 46, 365 supporters at the Aviva Stadium.

Read more...



Saturday, 17 December 2011

Leinster's finished article is at hand

EARLIER THIS week Leinster captain Leo Cullen concluded that at least Leinster were creating opportunities to score tries, even if they were not finishing them. If inaccuracy was a problem at The Rec, the flip side was that the most difficult part of the equation was sound enough.

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Friday, 16 December 2011

Bath Rugby team to face Leinster

15 Sam Vesty

14 Jack Cuthbert

13 Matt Banahan

12 Olly Barkley

11 Nick Abendanon

10 Stephen Donald

9 Michael Claassens

1 David Flatman

2 Chris Biller

3 David Wilson

4 Dave Attwood

5 Ryan Caldwell

6 Francois Louw (c)

7 Guy Mercer

8 Simon Taylor

 

Replacements

 

16 Ross Batty

17 Nathan Catt

18 Anthony Perenise

19 Will Spencer

20 Andy Beattie

21 Chris Cook

22 Tom Heathcote

23 Ben Williams

Leinster v Bath preview, team news & odds

It has been billed as a ‘Christmas cracker’ and both Leinster and Bath will be trying to live up to that billing when the two sides meet at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday evening in the pool stages of the Heineken Cup, kick off 6.00pm.

Despite last weekend’s five point win in Bath, Joe Schmidt knows that his side could and should have won by more. A number of clear cut chances from the likes of Sean O’Brien and Rob Kearney were not converted at The Rech which left the defending champions holding on at times during the eighty minutes.

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Thursday, 15 December 2011

Bath join race to sign Cardiff Blues prop Gethin Jenkins

BATH have joined the race to sign unsettled Blues and Wales prop Gethin Jenkins.

The Lions Test loosehead is out of contract with the capital city region at the end of the season and talks over a deal for him to stay are understood to have stalled.

Read more...



This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby...

The sands of expectation are a constantly shifting feature on the sporting landscape. What supporters expect can dramatically erode from one season – or indeed one month – to the next.

There are some constants. For reasons attributable only to collective hysteria, for example, every four years the English public expects to see its national side lift football's World Cup. This is a hopeless, cyclical act of illusion triumphing over reality.

 

Higher Expectations a Sign of Progress
Depleted Bath Go With the F-Louw
Cup Upset is Not Beyond Us - Attwood
Bath Lack Fear Factor - Brian Moore
MMM: Seeking Swift Revenge
Bath Licking Lips Rather Than Wounds
Craig Calling for New World Club Competition
Almighty Task in Store
Letter from CC!
Attwood is Star Guest
Mike Catt: Wilkinson Has Left a Fabulous Legacy

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Sir Ian McGeechan rejects advances from the Rugby Football Union over England coaching job

Sir Ian McGeechan, the Bath director of rugby, is understood to have been one of three Premiership coaches who have been asked whether they would be interested in applying for the England head coach job.

Telegraph Sport understands that McGeechan, the former Scotland head coach, was sounded out about position two weeks ago, before Stuart Lancaster was appointed as interim head coach for the Six Nations. But the former Lions coach declined and reiterated his commitment to Bath, where his current contract runs until 2013.

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Lewis Moody reveals fight against illness suffered by Darren Fletcher

The former England rugby union captain Lewis Moody has written about his experience fighting the same "demeaning" illness that has forced Manchester United's Darren Fletcher to take a break from football.

Fletcher is taking what United have described as an "extended break" after doctors warned him he was putting his health at serious risk by continuing to play despite the rare bowel condition ulcerative colitis, which has affected him for the past year.

read more...



Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Record crowd for Leinster V Bath Rugby pool game expected

FORGET THE 12 pubs of Christmas lark, there is a far more enticing soiree at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday. Leinster entertain Bath at 6pm and with ticket sales already tipping over the 43,000 mark a record attendance for a European pool game in Ireland is expected.

This weekend last year 44,873 showed up as Leinster over-ran Clermont Auvergne. This figure would have been greater only for the minus 12 degree cold snap restricted many supporters who had purchased tickets from travelling to Dublin.

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Sunday, 11 December 2011

McGeechan upbeat despite defeat

Sir Ian McGeechan praised his players despite Bath suffering a Heineken Cup home defeat against holders Leinster that has left them facing an early European exit.

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Resurgent Bath Rugby edged out by Leinster

Bath Rugby 13, Leinster 18

Bath Rugby's hopes of progressing to the knock-out stages of the Heineken Cup are hanging by a thread after they were edged out 13-18 by Leinster in a pulsating clash at The Rec.

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Bath Rugby's Heineken Cup pool update

Pool 3



Leinster's only problem is that they know they are going to win

Deep down I think Leinster know they are going to win this game and win it easily. This fact, rather than the best XV Bath can muster, will be the greatest impediment to victory.

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Saturday, 10 December 2011

Bath's Olly Barkley emerges from dark times hoping to inspire victory over Leinster in Heineken Cup

The manicured 140 acres, the landscaped gardens, the 17th century restored manor house, the hi-tech 3G pitch, the purpose-built gymnasium, Bath’s sumptuous headquarters at Farleigh House seemingly has it all, save for one thing: the kick-up-the-backside facility.

The millions invested by owner Bruce Craig allied to the shrewd input of Sir Ian McGeechan have yet to bring tangible yield.

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Friday, 9 December 2011

Caldwell eager for international return

Irish lock Ryan Caldwell is desperate to reignite his international career in time for the RBS 6 Nations after his summer move to Bath.

The former Ulsterman, whose disciplinary record often held him back in Belfast, signed for Bath in February and his form for Ian McGeechan’s outfit, coupled with Ireland’s aging second row, has given the 27-year-old fresh impetus.

Read more...



Bath Rugby team to face Leinster

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Jack Cuthbert
13. Dan Hipkiss
12. Olly Barkley
11. Matt Banahan
10. Stephen Donald
9. Michael Claassens
1. David Flatman
2. Chris Biller
3. David Wilson
4. Dave Attwood
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Francois Louw (c)
7. Guy Mercer
8. Simon Taylor
Replacements
16. Charlie Beech
17. Nathan Catt
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Will Spencer
20. Andy Beattie
21. Chris Cook
22. Tom Heathcote
23. Sam Vesty



Thursday, 8 December 2011

This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby...

The thoroughbred of European rugby that is Leinster will come hurtling into Bath this week, foaming at the mouth, quivering with anticipation and in a rich vein of form.

Up against it is an English nag which, for all its fancy silks and grand stables, has so far this season done nothing but deliver a plodding mediocrity that – even to the most die-hard follower – has indicated an incipient lameness.

Read all the articles now...



Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Bath Rugby's Lewis Moody faces three months out after shoulder surgery

Bath Rugby's injury woes have been added to by the news that Lewis Moody will be out of action for the next 10-12 weeks.

The former England captain has undergone shoulder surgery after suffering the injury in Bath's defeat at Worcester Warriors a fortnight ago.

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Bath struggle to rekindle spirit of past glories

Once they were kings. Now they're just pantomime queens.
Bath rugby club held their seasonal pantomime last Sunday, a day after their vital Premiership clash at home to Sale Sharks.

Unfortunately, someone somewhere got the dates mixed up. Saturday's dismal defeat, when they conspired to blow a 10-point half-time lead, was as farcical as any panto plot.

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Tuesday, 6 December 2011

VitaMan crowns Man of Movember at Awards Party with Bath Rugby




VitaMan celebrated the end of Movember with the VitaMo Awards. Held at Bath Rugby Club, winners of each category were selected by a panel of judges including Bath Rugby players Dave Flatman and Carl Fearns.

This was a chance for Mo-growing Bath Rugby players and fellow Mo Bros and Sistas to come together and celebrate their fundraising achievement (over £10,000). Thanks go to Novia Financial for its support on the night with a great team effort in fundraising and providing the entertainment – The Johnny Cash Tribute Act.

Dave Flatman and Carl Fearns held a Q+A session during the Awards evening fielding questions that varied from men’s health, moustaches to rugby rules.

Everyone enjoyed the fun, feasting on curry and a pint to celebrate VitaMan’s work with Bath Rugby during Movember. Mo-themed curry dishes included: Beef Mo-dras, Chicken Tikka Mo-sala and SaMo-sas.

The VitaMo Award winners are as follows:
VitaMo Man of Movember – Tom Hall
VitaMo Lame Mo – Ben Tobbold
VitaMo Outstanding Contribution Award – Gwyn Randolf









Monday, 5 December 2011

Bath Rugby vow to work out how to win again after Sale defeat

First-team coach Brad Davis was at a loss to explain his side’s dismal second-half showing as Bath went down to a home defeat against Sale.

The hosts seemed to be in total control after a fluent first 40 minutes saw them start the second period with a 10-0 lead.

Read more...



Bath United team to face Saracens Storm tonight...

15. Jamie John Kilmartin
14. Nick Scott
13. Ben Mosses
12. Ben Williams
11. Richard Lane
10. Paul Roberts
9. Matt Keyte
1. Mark Lilley (Capt)
2. Max Anderson
3. Duncan Bell
4. Nick Morris
5. Jamie Collins
6. Sam Weier
7. James Stephenson
8. James Tyas

Replacements:
16. Jake Fields
17. Max Ashcroft
18. Sam Lewis
19. Max Wilson
20. Tom Ellis
21. Will Clemesha
22. Alex Brown
23. Freddie Gabbitass.



Sunday, 4 December 2011

Sale wing Mark Cueto faces possible citing charge after try-saving tackle on Bath's Tom Heathcote

Sale wing Mark Cueto faces an anxious wait to discover whether he will be cited for a tackle on Bath fly-half Tom Heathcote which helped clinch Sale’s second away league win in 14 months.

Cueto, who played at full-back on Saturday, and Heathcote clattered into each other at full pelt as Bath launched a desperate final attack to salvage something from a game they had tossed away with an insipid second-half performance.

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Saturday, 3 December 2011

Davis: Display below Bath standards

Bath coach Brad Davis accepts that the club face a huge challenge at home to Heineken Cup champions Leinster next week after a dispiriting 16-13 defeat at home to Sale.

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Bath sink against Sharks

Bath failed to overcome the Sharks at the Recreation Ground as they squandered a 10-0 half-time lead on Saturday to lose 16-13.

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Friday, 2 December 2011

Bath Rugby team to face Sale Sharks

15. Jack Cuthbert
14. Olly Woodburn
13. Matt Banahan
12. Olly Barkley
11. Nick Abendanon
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Michael Claassens
1. David Flatman
2. Will Tanner
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper (c)
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Josh Ovens
7. Guy Mercer
8. Simon Taylor

Replacements
16. Chris Biller
17. Charlie Beech
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Dave Attwood
20. James Tyas
21. Chris Cook
22. Dan Hipkiss
23. Sam Vesty



Palma-Newport's loan switch

Leeds have been looking to strengthen their front-row options after Phil Swainston ruled out for four months.

And the 21-year-old Palma-Newport, who has made nine Premiership appearances for Bath, will go straight into the Carnegie squad for Sunday's Championship clash at table-topping Bristol.

Leeds coach Diccon Edwards said: "We are very grateful to Bath for allowing Kane to join us on loan. He will benefit from playing in the Championship with us.

Read more...





Thursday, 1 December 2011

This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby...

First-team coach Martin Haag says Bath are in the grip of a "huge injury crisis".

However, he is refusing to use Bath's injury woes as an excuse and is demanding an improvement in attitude and performance following Friday night's no-show at Sixways.

Winger Tom Biggs broke his hand in the loss at Worcester, adding to a mounting list of backs sidelined by injury.

He joins Matt Carraro (thumb), Ben Williams (shoulder) and Matt Banahan (quadricep) on the sidelines.

 

 

Fans View: Mysterious Inconsistency Plagues Bath
Tindall: RFU Made Me a Scapegoat
Bath Must Cope With Injury Crisis - Haag
Combination Invitation for New Side Following Talks to Clear Air
Letters From Stephen Marks & W Williams
Natives are Restless But Club is Still in the Mix
No Excuses After Horror Show at Sixways
Barkley Still Waiting to Regain Match Sharpness

Monday, 28 November 2011

Sir Ian McGeechan in the frame to coach Lions in Australia in 2013

The Lions will appoint a head coach for the 2013 tour to Australia a month after the end of the Six Nations, and they have not ruled out Sir Ian McGeechan taking charge for a fifth time.

McGeechan, who first coached the Lions in Australia in 1989, said at the end of the 2009 trip to South Africa that he did not anticipate being involved in the game full-time four years later. He has since become Bath's director of rugby.

Read more...



Bath United team to face London Irish

15. Jamie John Kilmartin
14. Nick Scott
13. Ben Mosses
12. Paul Roberts
11. Alex Brown
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Chris Cook
1. Nathan Catt (Capt)
2. Max Anderson
3. Duncan Bell
4. Nick Morris
5. Jamie Collins
6. Tom Ellis
7. James Stephenson
8. James Tyas

Replacements
16. Jake Fields
17. Max Ashcroft
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Max Wilson
20. Sam Weier
21. Matt Keyte
22. Brad Barnes
23. Freddie Gabbitass



Saturday, 26 November 2011

McGeechan: We were pretty average

Sir Ian McGeechan admitted his side had "no excuses" after Bath Rugby slumped to a 16-7 Aviva Premiership loss at Sixways.
A lame performance riddled with missed tackles, poor kicking and a misfiring set-piece ensured Bath left Worcester without even the solace of a losing bonus point.

Read more...



Don't bother reading this match report... :(

Worcester Warriors 16, Bath Rugby 7

Languishing just one place off the foot of the table before kick off, Worcester Warriors may be some people's tip for relegation. But on the basis of tonight's lethargic and unimaginative showing, it is Bath Rugby who are keen on doing an excellent impersonation of a side fancying a taste of demotion.

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Thursday, 24 November 2011

Chris Biller Signs With Bath

World Cup vet and Eagles hooker Chris Biller has signed a short-term injury replacement contract with Bath Rugby in the English Premiership.

Bath are currently in the middle of the Aviva Premiership table, second to Leinster in Pool 3 of the Heineken Cup, and on top of Pool A in the Anglo-Welsh Cup. As a result of the number of fixtures Biller should be able to see time with the first team as well as fixtures with the Bath Reserves.

Read more...



This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby...

Bath Rugby have identified the man they want as emergency injury cover for hookers Lee Mears and Pieter Dixon and expect to conclude the deal within days.

Bath will not name their target until the deal is concluded, but the Chronicle understands it will be an overseas player of weighty experience.

Read all the articles now...



Bath Rugby team to face Worcester Warriors

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Olly Woodburn
13. Dan Hipkiss
12. Sam Vesty
11. Tom Biggs
10. Stephen Donald
9. Michael Claassens
1. Charlie Beech
2. Mark Lilley
3. Anthony Perenise
4. Dave Attwood
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Francois Louw
7. Lewis Moody (c)
8. Simon Taylor

Replacements

16. Will Tanner
17. David Flatman
18. David Wilson
19. Stuart Hooper
20. Guy Mercer
21. Mark McMillan
22. Olly Barkley
23. Jack Cuthbert



Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Statement from Lewis Moody

Due to the coverage in the Times newspaper today, we feel it appropriate to publish Lewis Moody's personal statement in response. Lewis is a key part of the senior player group at Bath Rugby and continues to make significant contributions on and off the pitch, helping to keep us improving and to create a performance driven, winning culture here at the club.

"I have seen the stories in today's Times with their interpretation of the leaked post Rugby World Cup (RWC) reviews. Once again it is deeply disappointing to see players' feedback aimed at improving England rugby, and which we were promised would remain confidential and anonymous, being put in the public domain for political purposes.

Read the full statement...



Bath coach Brad Davis backs versatile Mark Lilley

Bath coach Brad Davis tells BBC Radio Bristol that he would be happy for prop Mark Lilley to deputise at hooker for their Premiership clash with Worcester on Friday.

Listen now...



Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Limited edition training shirts – You asked, we delivered

As a result of some constructive feedback and due to popular demand, we have managed to get our hands on some limited edition 'paint stripe' training shirts.

On Wednesday 23rd November they will go on pre-sale and will be in the shop on Saturday 26th November priced at £48.
Please note that these are a limited edition range and we expect them to fly out the door so make sure you place your orders as soon as possible! We will be holding back a limited number to go on sale in the shop.

Incorporating the classic Bath blue, black and white hoops but with a modern twist, these are the exact tops that the players use to train in and are made from 100% polyester, are short sleeved, free of sponsorship logos and come in adults and juniors sizing.

Make sure you visit the Bath Rugby online shop to pre-order your new 'paint stripe' training shirt on Wednesday 23rd November.



Monday, 21 November 2011

Bath to address hooker crisis

Bath Rugby's director of rugby Sir Ian McGeechan will address the club's growing crisis in the hooker department sooner rather than later.


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McGeechan: It's the big one next

Bath director of rugby Ian McGeechan is getting ready to prepare his side for 'the toughest of all challenges' when reigning Heineken Cup champions Leinster heading to The Rec.

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Sunday, 20 November 2011

Bath Rugby cling on against Montpellier in Heineken Cup

Bath Rugby 16, Montpellier 13

A plucky, backs-to-the-wall second-half display by Bath Rugby kept their Heineken Cup hopes alive as they squeezed home against a Jekyll-and-Hyde Montpellier side.

The French side – their international fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc in particular – appeared to do their level best to gift-wrap the points for Bath in the opening half, but fought back in muscular, doughty fashion in the second period.

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Bath Rugby's Heineken Cup pool updated...





Saturday, 19 November 2011

Bath must up their game - Sir Ian McGeechan

Bath director of rugby Sir Ian McGeechan tells BBC Points West that his side must "up their game" against Montpellier in the Heineken Cup after losing their opening match at Glasgow.

Watch now...



Friday, 18 November 2011

Bath Rugby team to face Montpellier

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Olly Woodburn
13. Dan Hipkiss
12. Sam Vesty
11. Tom Biggs
10. Stephen Donald
9. Michael Claassens
1. David Flatman
2. Ross Batty
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper (c)
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Francois Louw
7. Lewis Moody
8. Simon Taylor

Replacements

16. Mark Lilley
17. Charlie Beech
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Dave Attwood
20. Guy Mercer
21. Mark McMillan
22. Olly Barkley
23. Jack Cuthbert

Life in the old Dog yet as Bath Rugby's Lewis Moody plans happy ending

The Mad Dog still has his bark. Reading Lewis Moody: My Life in Rugby, there are plenty of nips and growls, most of them directed at the ankles of the Leicester coaches who handled the contract negotiations that resulted in him leaving for Bath Rugby.

Read more...



Stephen Donald wants to bring back Bath 'glory days'

New Zealand fly-half Stephen Donald says he wants to help Bath recapture their "glory days".

The 27-year-old signed a two-year deal with the Premiership club in the summer and made his debut in the Heineken Cup defeat by Glasgow on Sunday.

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Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Injury blow for Bath hooker Lee Mears

Bath and England hooker Lee Mears is set to be sidelined for at least eight weeks with a bicep injury.

Director of rugby Sir Ian McGeechan confirmed to BBC Radio Bristol that the 32-year-old had ripped the muscle from the bone in training last week.

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New Bath Rugby shirt for next season - have your say!




For next season Bath Rugby are introducing a traditional, 100% cotton, shirt for supporters. With this in mind they are keen to know if you prefer to have your retro shirt with or without sponsors logos?

Let them know on the Bath Rugby Facebook page


Ouedraogo expects Bath backlash

Montpellier captain Fulgence Ouedraogo is expecting an even tougher Heineken Cup assignment against Bath in Round Two.

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Guy Mercer and Dan Hipkiss reflect on the 'very frustrating' Glasgow game

BRtv got the thoughts of Guy Mercer and Dan Hipkiss after a disappointing result at Firhill against Glasgow Warriors in the opening Heineken Cup game.

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Monday, 14 November 2011

Roberts to lead Bath United

Bath United team to face London Wasps

15. Jack Cuthbert
14. Nick Scott
13. Brad Barnes
12. Ben Mosses
11. Alex Brown
10. Paul Roberts (Capt)
9. Mark McMillan
1. Nathan Catt
2. Mark Lilley
3. Kane Palma-Newport
4. Will Spencer
5. Jamie Collins
6. Sam Weir
7. James Stephenson
8. Will Skuse

Replacements:

16. Will Tanner
17. Max Ashcroft
18. Duncan Bell
19. Nick Morris
20. James Tyas




Bath are under pressure - coach Brad Davis

Bath coach Brad Davis tells BBC Radio Bristol that pressure is mounting to beat Montpellier next Sunday after losing their Heineken Cup opener.

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It hurt like hell to leave Leicester Tigers – Lewis Moody

Former Leicester Tigers flanker Lewis Moody has lifted the lid on the controversial contract negotiations that led to him leaving the club for Bath.

In his new autobiography, the 33-year-old refers to the conversations leading up to him leaving Welford Road after 14 years of service as a "complete joke" .

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Sunday, 13 November 2011

Bath Rugby grab defeat from the jaws of victory - again!!

Richie Gray's stoppage-time try saw Glasgow Warriors upstage Bath and World Cup winner Stephen Donald with a stunning Heineken Cup Pool Three win at Firhill.

Tom Heathcote kicked six penalties before being replaced with 11 minutes to go by Donald, the New Zealand fly-half who was making his Bath debut and his first appearance since lifting the World Cup three weeks earlier.

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Friday, 11 November 2011

Bath Rugby team to face Glasgow Warriors

Matt Banahan returns to Bath Rugby's starting line-up for Sunday's opening Heineken Cup game against Glasgow Warriors at Firhill, kick-off 12.45pm live on Sky!

 

 15. Nick Abendanon
14. Olly Woodburn
13. Dan Hipkiss
12. Matt Banahan
11. Tom Biggs
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Michael Claassens
1. David Flatman
2. Ross Batty
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper (c)
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Francois Louw
7. Guy Mercer
8. Simon Taylor

 

Replacements

16. Kane Palma-Newport
17. Charlie Beech
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Dave Attwood
20. Will Spencer
21. Mark McMillan
22. Stephen Donald
23. Sam Vesty

Thursday, 10 November 2011

This weeks Bath Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby...

The Bath Rugby scrum-half is targeting a quick recovery against familiar opposition...
After a tough defeat, all you want is the next game to come around, to right the wrongs and get back on track.

Not only are the squad looking to bounce back from our loss to Harlequins for those reasons but we have the added carrot of this being the Heineken Cup.

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Nick Blofeld rules out wholesale changes at Bath Rugby

Bath will make a maximum of four new signings before the start of next season, says chief executive Nick Blofeld.
Nine new players arrived at Bath for the current season, but Blofeld says there will be no similar turnover this summer.

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Bath Rugby's Stephen Donald ready for Heineken Cup debut

World Cup winner Stephen Donald and fit-again inside centre Olly Barkley could be pitched into Heineken Cup action for Bath at the weekend after taking part in training this week.


All Black Donald only touched down on English soil on Sunday, while Barkley returned to full first-team training on Monday after eight months out with a broken leg.

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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Glasgow wary of 'Geech Factor' in Bath

Glasgow Warriors are setting their sights on reaching the Heineken Cup quarter-finals for the first time - but are wary of the "Geech Factor" when they take on Sir Ian McGeechan's Bath Rugby at Firhill on Sunday lunchtime in their opening Pool 3 match of the 17th tournament.

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Sunday, 6 November 2011

Bath Rugby can't stop table-topping Harlequins at The Rec

Bath Rugby 13, Harlequins 26

Bath Rugby were unable to halt Harlequins' unbeaten start to the season as the Londoners made it ten out of ten wins so far this campaign.


Tries by Quins' ever-present captain Chris Robshaw and Mike Brown gave the visitors the spoils, with former All Black Nick Evans kicking 16 points.

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Friday, 4 November 2011

David Wilson and Ryan Caldwell look forward to the Quins clash

BRtv catch up with David Wilson and Ryan Caldwell to chat about the upcoming game with Aviva Premiership table toppers Harlequins and the Shirt Sponsors Dinner.

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Bath Rugby team to face Harlequins at the Rec

15. Nick Abendanon

14. Olly Woodburn

13. Dan Hipkiss

12. Matt Carraro

11. Tom Biggs

10. Sam Vesty

9. Michael Claassens

1. Nathan Catt

2. Lee Mears

3. David Wilson

4. Stuart Hooper (c)

5. Dave Attwood

6. Ben Skirving

7. Francois Louw

8. Simon Taylor

 

Replacements

16. Ross Batty

17. Charlie Beech

18. Anthony Perenise

19. Ryan Caldwell

20. Guy Mercer

21. Chris Cook

22. Tom Heathcote

23. Jack Cuthbert

Quins to finally sink in Bath - Tipster

Bath v Harlequins
Bath to edge this. You'll get a decent price here and I think they'll have enough. They are trading at about 1.8 ish, which is just about value - avoid the handicap as it could be very tight. I'd be interested in selling short points here if can get on at under 45.5.

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Thursday, 3 November 2011

Bath Rugby's Matt Banahan faces Quins fitness battle

Matt Banahan was yesterday described by the Bath camp as "50-50" to appear on Saturday against Harlequins.

The inside centre/wing is battling to recover from a neck strain in time for the clash.

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Thursday's Bath Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby

An alarming brush with concussion has prompted Bath Rugby's Sam Vesty to call for the game's authorities to take action to reduce the number of head injuries.

Vesty, who is Bath's representative on the Rugby Players' Association management board, fears the game could be sitting on a dementia time bomb.

 

Vesty Calling for Action on Concussion Scare
Bath on the Up as Defence Sets Tone
No Backing for New Club Until Fears Allayed
Captain Shone at Madjeski
Good Evans Poses Threat to Unbeaten Leaders
Fans View: Rugby May Need to Emulate Football in Respect Campaign
Donald will Get Time to Integrate
Colossal Effort Paved Way for Win at Irish

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Nick Blofeld gives BRtv a Bath Rugby Update

Nick Blofeld took time out from running Bath Rugby to chat to BRtv about Farleigh, the Rec and how the season has progressed so far for the team.

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Monday, 31 October 2011

Sir Ian McGeechan wants video at all games after Bath win over London Irish

Sir Ian McGeechan has called for the introduction of video technology at every Aviva Premiership game after his Bath side benefited from the presence of live television cameras at the Madejski Stadium in their 13-12 victory.

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All Black World Cup hero Donald reeled back in from another fishing trip by Bath

For the second time in a month Stephen Donald will cut short a fishing trip and answer an SOS call from his head coach.

The fourth-choice All Black fly-half kicked the World Cup-winning penalty for New Zealand at Eden Park last weekend. Now this week he will swap the Waikato river for the Rec when he arrives in Bath to join up with his new team-mates.

Read more...



LIVE COVERAGE: Bath v Exeter United

Exeter United travel to Bath tonight for this A League fixture.

Follow our live coverage below for regular updates throughout the game.

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Bath United team to face Exeter - including Olly Barkley at 12...

Bath United v Exeter Chiefs, 7.30pm Monday

 

15. Ed Hainsworth

14. Nick Scott

13. Ben Mosses

12. Olly Barkley

11. Alex Brown

10. Paul Roberts

9. Mark McMillan

1. David Flatman (Capt)

2. Will Tanner

3. Duncan Bell

4. Will Spencer

5. Nick Morris

6. Andy Beattie

7. Joe Buckle

8. Will Skuse

 

Replacements:

16. Max Anderson (FR)

17. Charlie Beech (FR),

18. Kane Palma-Newport (FR)

19. Jamie Collins

20. James Tyas

21. Chris Cook

22. Brad Barnes

23. George Drury

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Bath Rugby squeeze home against London Irish with late Sam Vesty penalty

A late Sam Vesty penalty gave Bath Rugby a one-point victory over London Irish in a nerve-jangling Aviva Premiership clash.
Bath took a first-half lead thanks to a Vesty try, but Irish hit back after the break through Tom Homer's boot.

A Dave Attwood try midway through the second period put Bath into a 10-6 lead, but Vesty was again unable to add the conversion.

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Abendanon full of praise for Woodburn ahead of Irish clash

Nick Abendanon says that the Bath back three are being kept on their toes by the rapid rise of academy wing man Olly Woodburn.

Nineteen-year-old Woodburn has caught the eye over the past fortnight, touching down in both LV= Cup games and setting up a number of other scores.

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Friday, 28 October 2011

Bath Rugby team to face London Irish

KO 2.30pm live on ESPN

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Olly Woodburn
13. Matt Carraro
12. Matt Banahan
11. Tom Biggs
10. Sam Vesty
9. Michael Claassens
1. Nathan Catt
2. Lee Mears
3. Anthony Perenise
4. Stuart Hooper (c)
5. Dave Attwood
6. Ben Skirving
7. Guy Mercer
8. Simon Taylor

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Charlie Beech
18. David Wilson
19. Ryan Caldwell
20. Andy Beattie
21. Chris Cook
22. Paul Roberts
23. Jack Cuthbert





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Thursday, 27 October 2011

Profile - Guy Mercer

A combative, hard hitting flanker, Guy Mercer was promoted from the Bath Rugby Academy to the senior squad at the beginning of this season.

A Bath boy through and through, he used to spend his Saturday's watching the team he is now running out for.

Read the full profile now...




Quins next up at the Rec

Bath Rugby entertain Harlequins at the Rec on Saturday 5th November, Kick off 2:15pm, in round 8 of the Aviva Premiership.

After a great, unbeaten start to the season Harlequins are currently top of the premiership and the Bath Rugby boys are keen to ensure the visitors run of good form ends at the Rec. With all the World Cup players back, training has been fierce with places up for grabs in the first team and following on from 2 big wins in the LV= Cup, all the players and coaches are keen to continue those good performances in the premiership.

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This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby...

Francois Louw's Premiership debut could be delayed as he recovers from a head injury suffered following an illegal hit by Worcester's Sam Betty.
Warriors flanker Betty was sin-binned for a shoulder charge in the closing minutes of Bath Rugby's comprehensive weekend win.

Louw was treated by medics on the pitch before playing on but was later diagnosed with mild concussion.

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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Kyle Eastmond closes in on Bath debut

New Bath signing Kyle Eastmond is nearing a return to fitness, according to coach Brad Davis.

Eastmond, 22, agreed to leave St Helens and switch codes to join the Premiership club back in March.

He was due to arrive at The Rec straight after the Super League season finished but his debut has been delayed because of a groin injury.

Read more...



Bath Rugby comment on Lewis Moody's international retirement

Bath Rugby would like to add their well wishes to flanker, Lewis Moody, who announced his retirement from international rugby at the weekend.

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LV Cup video highlights: Bath Rugby V Worcester

Monday, 24 October 2011

Donald to arrive in Bath in a couple of weeks!

"I am still going to Bath and will cross that bridge in a couple of weeks," he said. "I would love to come back and play for the All Blacks and I am going to get there halfway through the first of my two years. I know that you don't get picked while playing overseas. I'll give Geech a call in a few days and say the plane may be a bit late!"


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Sam Vesty and Lee Mears look back at the Worcester Game

Sam Vesty chats to BRtv about the 46-13 win against Worcester and Lee Mears tells us that it's 'good to be home'.

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Rugby World Cup 2011: Stephen Donald goes from zero to hero as New Zealand finally win World Cup

Bath-bound Stephen Donald was the toast of New Zealand last night after kicking the goal that won the Rugby World Cup.Two weeks after putting down his beer and fishing net to answer an SOS from the All Blacks, the fly-half came to their rescue for a second time.He wasn't even supposed to be in the squad let alone on the pitch at Eden Park helping the sport's number one team end 24 years of hurt.

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Moody quits England as he hits out at team-mates

Two World Cup finals and one depressing World Cup misfire into his long, body-busting tour of duty as a professional rugby player, Lewis Moody ended his international career yesterday, leaving England in need of a captain – and, far more urgently, of an open-side flanker capable of mixing it with the best breakaway forwards in the sport.

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Sunday, 23 October 2011

Bath Rugby's LV group after 2 rounds





Moody calls time on England

Lewis Moody has announced his retirement from international rugby following England's disappointing World Cup campaign.

The 33-year-old flanker captained England in their quarter-final defeat to France, which proved to the last of his 71 Test caps.

The Bath veteran made his England debut in 2001, skippering his country 11 times and scoring nine tries in an international career ravaged by a succession of injuries.

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Saturday, 22 October 2011

BATH FOCUS BACK ON LEAGUE

Bath's thoughts turned swiftly back to Aviva Premiership business after a 46-13 win over Worcester put them on course to get out of LV= Cup Pool 1.

Coach Brad Davis says that in the minds of the coaching team, they have already "put the competition to bed" for three months until the next round of games against Northampton and Exeter.

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Bath Rugby put Warriors to the sword in LV= Cup thrashing

Bath Rugby 46, Worcester Warriors 13

Bath Rugby sit pretty at the top of their LV= Cup pool after subjecting Worcester Warriors to a seven-try thumping at The Rec.
It was the second week on the trot that Bath scored 46 points – and it leaves them with a full house of 10 championship points from their opening two LV= fixtures.

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Friday, 21 October 2011

Bath Rugby team to face Worcester Warriors

15. Jack Cuthbert
14. Olly Woodburn
13. Dan Hipkiss
12. Matt Banahan
11. Nick Abendanon
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Chris Cook
1. Nathan Catt
2. Ross Batty
3. Anthony Perenise
4. Will Spencer
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Andy Beattie (c)
7. Francois Louw
8. Ben Skirving

Replacements
16. Lee Mears
17. Charlie Beech
18. David Wilson
19. Stuart Hooper
20. Lewis Moody
21. Matt Keyte
22. Sam Vesty
23. Tom Biggs




Thursday, 20 October 2011

Bath centre Olly Barkley close to return from injury

Bath centre Olly Barkley is closing in on a return to action, seven months after breaking his leg.

The 29-year-old had hoped to play in the LV= Cup against Worcester on Saturday and wrote on Twitter last week: "Hoping, all being well, to get some time off the bench next week!".

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This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby...

Martin Haag says he and the rest of the Bath Rugby coaches face a selection conundrum over the next week as they seek to settle on their best starting XV.

With the squad buttressed by the return a six World Cup stars, and with key players also on the cusp of returning from injury, the first-team coach says competition is coming to the boil.

Moreover, a strong display by the club's academy players in Saturday's 46-16 thrashing of Newport Gwent Dragons has added another variable to the selection equation.

Saturday's home showdown with Worcester Warriors in the LV= Cup (2.15pm) is being treated as important in its own right by Bath, particularly after their bonus point win in South Wales put them top of their group.

 

Selection Battle Hotting Up for Coaches
Youthful Exuberance Slays Dragons
Amateur Side Make Lambridge Return
Beech Predicts Bright Furue as Young Guns Star
Letter by W Williamson

Mercer Happy to Compete With International Names
Injury Was a Pain in the Neck But I Was in Great Hands
Cup Win Heaped More Woe On Welsh
We Can Challenge on Three Fronts

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

It’s VitaMo - VitaMan supports Movember




VitaMan is proud to announce it is supporting Movember this year with events and competitions. VitaMan has launched team VitaMo captained by Bath Rugby star David Flatman and be supported by several of David Bath Rugby Colleagues (including the VitaMan team). The month long celebration will culminate in the VitaMo Awards Party.

About Movember

Movember is the month formerly known as November, where men and women across the globe join together to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues - specifically prostate and testicular cancer. Men sporting Movember Mo’s in effect, become walking talking billboards for the 30 days of November raising funds and much needed awareness around the often ignored issues of men’s health. In 2010, over 111,825 UK Mo Bros and Mo Sistas got on board, raising £11.7 million.

Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne Australia in 2003, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.1 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate.

VitaMan

As the Official Grooming Supplier for Bath Rugby, VitaMan is organizing events at home games on 5th November and the activity culminates in a team shave off on 3rd December. By joining the VitaMo team, there is a competition for Man of Movember and several other “Mo” categories and you also stand a chance to win a place at the VitaMo Awards Party.

Everyone who purchases VitaMan shave products throughout this period or joins the VitaMo Movember team will automatically enter a free prize draw to win a signed Bath Rugby shirt and rugby ball.

On Movember 1st Mo Bros start the month clean shaven, then grow and groom their moustache all month long

Did you know…?
• 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK – one man is diagnosed every 15 minutes
• A man will die from prostate cancer every hour - more than 10,000 men will die of the disease this year in the UK
• Occurrences of prostate cancer in men are comparable to the rates of breast cancer in women
• Testicular cancer in the UK affects men between the ages of 20 and 50. There were 1,990 men diagnosed with the disease in 2007

For more information on how to register for Movember and how VitaMan is helping to support Movember, visit here

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

VitaMan is the new official grooming partner of Bath Rugby

VitaMan, the natural and high performance men’s grooming range is delighted to announce a new partnership agreement with Bath Rugby for the 2011/2012 season. Bath Rugby is one of the games most historic and successful clubs and home to many of the world’s elite rugby players including England internationals Lewis Moody, Matt Banahan and Lee Mears. Bath Rugby was recently bought by Bruce Craig who has ambitions to make the club a leading force in world club rugby.

The deal incorporating advertising, branding, and hospitality is the first of its kind for VitaMan in the UK and indicates the commitment to the brands ongoing growth and success in the male grooming market. The partnership will enable the VitaMan brand to reach a new and wider audience, with Bath Rugby appearing regularly on TV and in the National Press with the logo visible around the ground.

VitaMan will supply personal products to all players and coaching staff throughout the season; provide professional product for the new state of the art training ground at Farleigh House and provide product for home matches held at the historic Recreation Ground (The Rec). With VitaMan’s UK office based on the outskirts of Bath, it is also a great opportunity to connect with the local community and educate the club supporters. Initiatives will include regular educational features in match day programmes and an awareness campaign during ‘Movember’ (the month formerly known as November). Movember is a moustache growing charity event held during November that raises funds and awareness for men's health. VitaMan has created a mo-growing team for the event and the aptly named VitaMo team is captained by Bath Rugby player, David Flatman.

Neil Owen Director of VitaMan UK says “We are thrilled to be partnering with Bath Rugby for the season as it allows us to communicate the benefits of male grooming to both fans and professional athletes. Educating men on how to better look after themselves has always been core to the brand strategy and partnering with Bath Rugby is a fantastic vehicle to help deliver this message. We look forward to a successful season.”

For more info click here



Monday, 17 October 2011

Highlights from Dragons V Bath Rugby...

Jack Cuthbert and Mark Lilley reflect on a clinical win over Newport Gwent Dragons and there are some highlights thrown in for good measure.

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Rob Howley next Bath Rugby head coach!?

Gatland is set to change his coaching team after returning home. Rob Howley, who is in charge of the attack, has been linked with the head coach's position at Bath, while the defence coach Shaun Edwards said on Sunday that his contract with Wales would finish after the weekend.

 

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Sunday, 16 October 2011

McMillan injury blow for Bath

Bath boss Sir Ian McGeechan is awaiting further news on the condition of Mark McMillan after the scrum-half suffered a neck injury in Saturday's Anglo-Welsh Cup win over the Newport Gwent Dragons.

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LV Cup Table Pool 1

Great reading :)



Saturday, 15 October 2011

Bath Rugby put seven past Newport Gwent Dragons

Bath Rugby scored seven tries in their opening fixture of the LV= Cup at Rodney Parade, to secure a bonus point 16-46 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons

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Friday, 14 October 2011

Bath Rugby team to face Newport Gwent Dragons

15. Jack Cuthbert
14. Olly Woodburn
13. Matt Carraro
12. Matt Banahan
11. Tom Biggs
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Mark McMillan
1 Charlie Beech
2 Ross Batty
3 Mark Lilley
4 Will Spencer
5 Dave Attwood
6 Andy Beattie (c)
7 Guy Mercer
8 Simon Taylor

Replacements

16 Will Tanner
17 Nathan Catt
18 Anthony Perenise
19 Ryan Caldwell
20 Will Skuse
21 Chris Cook
22 Paul Roberts
23 Nick Abendanon



Thursday, 13 October 2011

This Weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby...

Bath Rugby are poised to make few changes for Saturday's trip to Newport Gwent Dragons in the LV= Cup (2.30pm), with director of rugby Sir Ian McGeechan relishing a renewal of Anglo- Welsh rivalry.

Bath have had to make do with a squad of just 28 so far this season due to World Cup absentees and injuries. Apart from the addition in training this week of Samoa prop Anthony Perenise and former rugby league half-back Kyle Eastmond, McGeechan is working with the same base of players.


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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Bath Rugby new boys Anthony Perenise & Kyle Eastmond chat to BRtv

Bath Rugby latest signings Anthony Perenise and Kyle Eastmond took time out from training to talk to BRtv about what the move to Bath means to them.

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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

NZ's 'been pretty tough' on Stephen Donald

Stephen Donald's Super 15 coach believes the country has been tough on the recalled All Black and says his experience will hold him in good stead if he needs to go onto the park at the Rugby World Cup.

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Monday, 10 October 2011

Donald called up for All Blacks

Bath Rugby's summer signing, fly-half Stephen Donald has been called up to the All Blacks World Cup squad for the remainder of the tournament.

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Friday, 7 October 2011

Possession rules

Bath centre Olly Barkley believes England are paying the price for their inability to put together phases of play at the World Cup.

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Bath Rugby team to face London Wasps

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Matt Carraro
13. Dan Hipkiss
12. Ben Williams
11. Tom Biggs
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Michael Claassens
1. David Flatman (c)
2. Pieter Dixon
3. Kane Palma-Newport
4. Dave Attwood
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Ben Skirving
7. Guy Mercer
8. Simon Taylor

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Charlie Beech
18. Mark Lilley
19. Will Spencer
20. Andy Beattie
21. Mark McMillan
22. Paul Roberts
23. Jack Cuthbert



Thursday, 6 October 2011

This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby...

The last time Bath Rugby beat Leicester at The Rec in the Premiership, it required a last-gasp moment of magic from Butch James.

This time, it required the goal-kicking heroics of another fly-half, 19-year-old Tom Heathcote – and for a late penalty miss by the Tigers.

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Sunday, 2 October 2011

BRAD 'BIGS UP' BIGGS

Bath backs coach Brad Davis singled out speedy winger Tom Biggs for his two moments of inspiration that unlocked the Leicester defence in a nerve-racking 26-25 victory at the Recreation Ground.

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Teenager Heathcote helps Bath Rugby to win over Leicester Tigers

Bath Rugby 26, Leicester Tigers 25

An assured display with the boot from 19-year-old Tom Heathcote on his home debut gave Bath Rugby the narrowest of wins in an error-ridden encounter with Leicester Tigers.

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Saturday, 1 October 2011

Aviva league table Saturday 1st October 2011





Decision to take the plunge at Bath is paying off for Dan Hipkiss

Bath centre Dan Hipkiss is enjoying life out of the comfort zone.

Having spent nine years in the Leicester Tigers first team and another four coming through the youth set-up, the 29-year-old had known nothing but life at Welford Road.

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Friday, 30 September 2011

Danny Hipkiss & Haagy catch up with BRtv before Leicester Tigers visit

The new Bath Rugby European Shirt was launched last night and BRtv were there to see how it went. We also chat to Danny and Haagy before tomorrow's clash against Leicester Tigers

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Bath Rugby team to face Leicester Tigers

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Matt Carraro
13. Dan Hipkiss
12. Ben Williams
11. Tom Biggs
10. Sam Vesty
9. Michael Claassens
1. David Flatman (c)
2. Pieter Dixon
3. Kane Palma-Newport
4. Dave Attwood
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Ben Skirving
7. Guy Mercer
8. Simon Taylor

Replacements
16. Ross Batty
17. Charlie Beech
18. Duncan Bell
19. Will Spencer
20. Andy Beattie
21. Mark McMillan
22. Tom Heathcote
23. Olly Woodburn

Fixtures confirmed up to and including Round 13

Following confirmation from Premiership Rugby, fans will be delighted to know that our home Aviva Premiership games up to Round 13 with the exception of London Irish will be a 2:15pm kick-off on Saturdays.


Saturday 5th November, 2:15pm, Bath v Harlequins

Saturday 3rd December, 2:15pm, Bath v Sale Sharks

The round 12 game against London Irish at the Rec will now be on Sunday 1st January 2012, 1:30pm kick-off.

The game against Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens will take place on Saturday 24th December, 3:15pm kick-off and will be shown on Sky.

We can also confirm that the game against Worcester Warriors at Sixways on Friday 25th November will be shown on ESPN.

See Bath Rugby for a full fixture list...