Thursday, 30 June 2011

New Bath Rugby training wear...

Pre-season training has started in earnest here at Farleigh House and to celebrate this fact our new 2011/12 training wear iwill be available in store tomorrow.


2011/12 training wear in store now



Premiership fixtures 2011/12 released

Aviva Premiership fixtures in full

First two weekends below:
Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs
London Irish v Harlequins
Newcastle Falcons v Bath Rugby
Northampton Saints v Gloucester Rugby
Saracens v London Wasps
Worcester Warriors v Sale Sharks

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Bath Rugby v Saracens
Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons
Gloucester Rugby v Worcester Warriors
Harlequins v Northampton Saints
London Wasps v Leicester Tigers
Sale Sharks v London Irish


Full fixture list:

This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby

Stuart Hooper says he is braced for leadership responsibilities as Bath Rugby’s preparations for the 2011-12 season get under way.

The 29-year-old lock, who is beginning a new three-year deal with the club he joined in 2008, believes Bath need to become more stubborn – especially at home – if silverware is to come their way.


New Sponsors for Bath Rugby
County Call for Trio
All Change at Twerton Park
Letter from Julia Wyld
Trego Aiming for Splash

No Rest for Finalist Cook
Firefighters Blaze Trail
Success Smells Like Team Spirit for Hooper

Bath Rugby Club to submit Rec application by autumn

Plans for the redevelopment of the Recreation Ground in the centre of Bath could be submitted by the autumn.

Bath Rugby Club wants to move the pitch about 40m to make room to rebuild the stand along the riverside.


In return, the club intends to give land at their training ground at Lambridge back to the city.


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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Behind the Scenes at Bath Rugby

Last season Bath Rugby gave exclusive behind-the-scenes access to local photographer, Dean McLachlan, to chart the Club's season from an entirely new perspective, and now you can see a selection of those images on display.


Rob Howley set to join Bath

ROB HOWLEY is in line to link up with his Lions boss Sir Ian McGeechan at Bath after the World Cup.

The Wales attack guru’s contract with the Welsh Rugby Union runs out after the tournament and he has already been linked with the impending vacancy at the Blues caused by the imminent departure of David Young to London Wasps.


Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Bath Rugby sign new main partner deal with local company

Bath Rugby are delighted to today announce Novia Financial as their new main partner, on a two year deal.


Monday, 27 June 2011

Farleigh Exclusives

A week in and pre-season training is well underway but not at Lambridge Training Ground, this year the players are reporting to our new Headquarters, Farleigh House.

We would now like to invite our Season Ticket Holders, Members and Supporters' Club Members to join us for an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Bath Rugby's new home.


Friday, 24 June 2011

Spotlight On…..David Flatman And Help For Heroes

Rugby Spectator’s Tori Chipp caught up with David Flatman to find out more about the event and to get his thoughts on England’s World Cup squad.


Thursday, 23 June 2011

This weeks Chronicle articles - 'Donald to make early Bath entrance' and more...

Stephen Donald could be a Bath Rugby player sooner rather than later after the fly- half was surprisingly omitted from New Zealand's World Cup training squad yesterday.

The 27-year-old, who looks poised to fill Butch James' boots at The Rec next season, was not included in the 25-man All Blacks party named by coach Graham Henry, all but ending his hopes of playing in the tournament on home soil.

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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Cook to start in Junior World Championship semi-final

Bath Rugby Academy scrum-half Chris Cook has been selected to start for England U20s in their semi-final crunch match against France tomorrow.


Josh Ovens to go on loan for next season to Bristol!

Bristol Rugby and Bath Rugby have agreed the loan of a trio of young promising players ahead of the 2011/12 campaign.

Flanker Josh Ovens, centre Ollie Woodburn and scrum-Half Matt Keyte will join Head Coach Liam Middleton’s new-look squad for pre-season training. Ovens joins on a season-long loan while Woodburn and Keyte will be dual-registered.


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Monday, 20 June 2011

Bath Rugby team up with Thatchers Cider.

Bath Rugby are delighted to announce Thatchers Cider as their Official Cider Partner for the next three seasons.

Thatchers will also be the title sponsor for "Rugby Mondays" - the Club's Monday night matches featuring Bath United, the second team.


Abendanon misses out as Bath Rugby quartet are named in England World Cup training squad

Four Bath Rugby players have been named in England's 45-man preliminary World Cup training squad.

Lewis Moody, Davey Wilson, Lee Mears and Matt Banahan are all in contention for places on the plane to New Zealand in the autumn, but full-back Nick Abendanon was surprisingly omitted by team boss Martin Johnson.


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Sunday, 19 June 2011

England World Cup captain Moody gets sprint tips from golden guru Campbell

England rugby captain Lewis Moody is fine-tuning his preparations for the World Cup by honing his sprinting skills with British Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell.


Friday, 17 June 2011

Presidency is just the Trick for Bath Legend

"When I was 20, I thought a president of a rugby club just spilt beer down his front and talked absolute garbage," says David Trick, the new president of Bath Rugby in an interview with Bath Chronicle this week.


A maverick possessed with a sharp wit and a slightly anarchic streak, the man they call Tricky has finally made the transition from enfant terrible to rugby club 'blazer'.


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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Fearns replaces Attwood in Saxons Squad

Carl Fearns (Sale Sharks) has been called into the England Saxons squad as an injury replacement for Bath Rugby's new signing Dave Attwood ahead of this weekend's Churchill Cup Final against Canada.


Bath Rugby’s main sponsor agrees new contract

IPL has announced it will extend its relationship with Bath Rugby under new terms.

The new agreement takes the partnership between the two organisations into its third year. Having initially served as Bath's main sponsor during the 2009/10 and 2010/11 rugby seasons, with logo placement on the front of the player’s shirts, IPL's latest deal with the club sees the software development company become the team's official business partner for the 2011/12 Aviva Premiership season.


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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Peter Short signs for Exeter Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs have added their eighth new signing of the summer with the capture of second row Peter Short from Aviva Premiership counterparts Bath Rugby.

The 31-year-old forward has agreed a one-year deal with the Chiefs and arrives in Devon having spent the past six seasons at the Recreation Ground, where he amassed 145 appearances for the club, scoring 20 points in total.


A letter from The Real Friends Of The Rec


Many thanks to all the RFOTR members who have responded to the Rec Consultation! So far over 1100 members have told us that they responded, so we certainly hope that this has had a big impact on shaping the outcome of the consultation.

In order to address the debate about where the responses have come from (the 'antis' believe the majority have come from outside 'Bath & is environs') we have mapped the locations of our members who have told us that they responded. You can see the maps at They show conclusively that the vast majority of responses have come from Bath and the immediate surrounding area.

The 'antis' are getting very active in the letters page of the Bath Chronicle so any letters of support to the paper ASAP would be appreciated. Email address at the Bath Chronicle is

Thanks very much for all your help!

The Real Friends of the Rec

Thursday, 9 June 2011

This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby

A lot was made of what a physically intimidating specimen Butch James was when he played in the Premiership.

But it seems that the man who is in the frame to replace the sturdy South African in the number ten shirt at The Rec could be even more, well, butch.


Pack Key to Cup Dream Says Evans
Donald Fits Bill as Bath Close in on Butch Replacement
Craig is Confident of Qualification
Attwood not certain of Preliminary Squad Place
Pupils Show Off Tag TalentsSevens is Set for Rec

BBC - Bath sign New Zealand fly-half Stephen Donald

Bath have signed New Zealand fly-half Stephen Donald, BBC Sport understands.

The 27-year-old is believed to have signed a two-and-half-year contract and will arrive at the Premiership outfit in November.

He has 22 caps and is expected to be part of the All Blacks' World Cup squad, which is announced in July.


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Tuesday, 7 June 2011

J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series

Friday 15th July, The Recreation Ground, Bath
Bath Rugby, Exeter Chiefs, Harlequins, London Irish

Friday 22nd July, Franklin's Gardens, Northampton
Gloucester Rugby, London Wasps, Northampton Saints, Saracens

Friday 29th July, Edgeley Park, Stockport
Leicester Tigers, Newcastle Falcons, Sale Sharks, Worcester Warriors

Friday 5th August, The Twickenham Stoop
The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series Final

Bath chief executive excited by Leinster challenge

Bath chief executive Nick Blofeld has said being drawn with holders Leinster in the Heineken Cup group stages is an exciting challenge for the club.

"We're very excited about the opportunity, but it's always going to be tough playing the reigning champions," he told BBC Radio Bristol.


Congrats Tom - Chronicle rugby writer Tom wins sports journalist of the year award

The Bath Chronicle’s rugby writer Tom Bradshaw has been voted the best sports journalist in the south west for the second year running.

Tom, who is also our business editor, took the title at the EDF Energy South West Media Awards yesterday.

The Chronicle’s sports editor Neil Beck was also nominated for the award.


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Barnsey's Kilimanjaro Blog: Days 3 and 4

It is day one of the ascent of Kilimanjaro and the group get a glimpse of the challenge ahead.


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Monday, 6 June 2011

Only a few days left to support Bath Rugby and their Rec plans!

The deadline approaches - Friday 10th June!
If you haven't filled in the Rec Consultation, do it now by clicking on the link below...

Join in and support Bath rugby...

Barnsey's Kilimanjaro Blog: Days 1 and 2

On Thursday June 2nd David Barnes headed back to Kilimanjaro with 40 others, many of them fellow Bath Rugby supporters, to support three very deserving charities; Help for Heroes, the RPA Benevolent Fund and the RFU Injured Players Foundation.


Saturday, 4 June 2011

Heineken Cup seedings

TIER 1 - Leinster, Toulouse, Munster, Cardiff Blues, Biarritz Olympique, Leicester Tigers

TIER 2 - Northampton Saints, ASM Clermont Auvergne, Ospreys, Bath Rugby, Harlequins, London Irish

TIER 3 - Ulster Rugby, Saracens, Gloucester Rugby, Glasgow Warriors, Scarlets, Edinburgh

TIER 4 - Connacht Rugby, Benetton Treviso, Castres Olympique, Montpellier, Racing Metro 92, Aironi Rugby


Bath centre Olly Barkley eyes autumn return from injury

Bath centre Olly Barkley is aiming to return to action in the autumn after suffering a broken leg in March.

Barkley fractured his lower tibia and fibula in his left leg during Bath's 34-22 defeat by Gloucester.


Thursday, 2 June 2011

Donald and Steyn in the frame for fly-half role - and more Chronicle articles

Bath Rugby's global search for a fly-half is narrowing but question marks remain over whether two players linked to the club will make a move to England.

A source close to southern hemisphere rugby says All Black Stephen Donald is the front-runner to replace Butch James but Bath continue to keep their cards close to their chest.

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