Thursday, 28 July 2011
Lock-turned-winger-turned-potential-outside-centre Matt Banahan looks set to be included in Martin Johnson's World Cup 30-man squad and in all likelihood will be used as an impact substitute during the campaign.
Despite being 6ft 7in tall, Banahan possesses deft hands which can unlock a defence at ease - just ask Northampton Saints after their trip to the Recreation Ground last season. After starting his career in the second row, it was Brian Ashton who saw the potential Banahan had as a winger. Under the guidance of Steve Meehan, Banahan flourished and made his England bow against Argentina in June 2009 - scoring a try on his debut in the process.
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Visa issues have delayed the confirmation of his contract with the Premiership side, but Bath are trying to get him a work permit - if the deal doesn't go through, Donald wants to remain at the Chiefs, and with Waikato.
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
In addition, from a visual point of view, we have been granted planning permission to install a permanent big screen which will be used for all our home games. It will sit in the North East corner of the ground, replacing the old scoreboard. The big screen will provide an enhanced match day experience for all our supporters, with a variety of activities planned on it.
The Aviva Premiership outfit finished 5th in the Aviva Premiership, and will offer a stern test for the Blues.
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
The Academy will comprise 17 fulltime members, some of whom made their Bath Rugby debut recently in the first round of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s series at the Recreation Ground.
At 6’2” and 108kg 23-year-old, who is comfortable on both sides of the scrum, came through the ranks at The Rec and was given a taste of the Championship last season at Bristol.
Monday, 25 July 2011
In a professional career spanning almost 15 years - including England's victorious 2003 World Cup campaign - Moody has had his fair share of ups and downs.
Sunday, 24 July 2011
Shaw, 38 on September 1, is in talks with Bath after the decision by London Wasps not to renew his contract. McGeechan was his director of rugby at Wasps before he moved to Bath.
Friday, 22 July 2011
The ex-Chiefs and New Zealand fly-half was denied a move to the West Country outfit last Friday on the grounds of his eligibility to play in Britain.
Initially it was thought that he had been refused a work permit by the UK Border agency but it has since emerged that it was the RFU who moved to block the deal.
Thursday, 21 July 2011
The decision that prevents New Zealand fly-half Stephen Donald from playing for Bath Rugby next season was made by the RFU, the Chronicle can reveal.
Reports over the past week have suggested that it was the UK Border Agency which turned down Bath's bid to bring the All Black to The Rec next season.
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Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Reports over the past week have suggested that it was the Home Office's UK Border Agency which turned down Bath's bid to bring the New Zealand star to The Rec next season.
But the Chronicle has received confirmation that it was the RFU that made the decision on Friday.
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
CircleBath have joined Bath Rugby as their new medical partner.
The partnership has been agreed for the coming two seasons, however, both parties are keen to establish a long term relationship.
The new private hospital, which opened in 2010 and is located just south of Bath, already has close ties with the Club as it shares the same sports medicine expert.
Monday, 18 July 2011
Whilst the players were taking a much needed break, Sir Ian McGeechan has been busy masterminding his new ‘long-term vision’ for the Club, signing not only good and technically sound new players to the Club but also young blood who will sharply reduce the average age of the pack and commit to the long haul.
Although we had to say a fond farewell to a few players at the end of last season - most notably to Bath Rugby stalwart, Danny Grewcock, who retired from rugby after 226 appearances for Bath – we will also be welcoming a number of new faces to the Rec this season.
Dan Hipkiss and Kyle Eastmond will be adding strength and skill to the backs. England’s current favourite lock, David Attwood and his Irish counterpart, Ryan Caldwell are set to add athleticism and lineout prowess to the side. And in the pack, our most recent signing, South African Francois Louw, one of Samoa’s most powerful scrummagers, Anthony Perenise, and Youngblood, Charlie Beech, will be punching some power in the scums.
And please keep an eye on the Bath Rugby website for news of any further signings.
Off the pitch, work is progressing well on the new club headquarters and elite training complex at Farleigh House, in Farleigh Hungerford, and the players have now started pre-season training at our new home.
To date Bath Rugby has trained at venues dotted around the city but, under the new vision, all activity will now be concentrated at one site, the impressive Farleigh House. Bath Rugby took out a long lease on Farleigh House back in April 2010 and work is progressing rapidly to make the 120 acre site in Farleigh Hungerford cater for all of the players' needs. The gym, situated in the old chapel, will hopefully be finished in August and the new medical wing completed in October.
The players are already being put through their paces on the training pitch, which is set in full view of the main house, and progress is being made on laying a second training pitch whilst the all-weather pitch is now completed.
So with training now in full swing, season tickets on sale for the 2011/12 season, fixtures announced and the friendlies and 7s matches to look forward to over the summer we hope we will be able to welcome you back to the Rec for the new season to share in our excitement.
Please read on for more details on our pre-season calendar and information on our 2011/12 season tickets. In the meantime should you have any queries on any of the events coming up please feel free to contact us on 0844 448 1865 and we will be happy to help.
Sunday, 17 July 2011
Saturday, 16 July 2011
He will fill the gap left by Stephen Brett and Luke McAlister, who are heading overseas, and will look to form a powerful combination with new recruit Ma’a Nonu next year.
Donald was expecting to play for Bath next season and a deal had been agreed with the English club. However, the move collapsed when he couldn’t get a work permit to play in the UK.
A superior points difference saw them edge out Exeter Chiefs, who will feel a sense of grievance after beating their hosts 21-17 in a thrilling finale.
Thursday, 14 July 2011
London Irish 7s v Exeter Chiefs 7s (7:55pm)
Exeter Chiefs 7s v Harlequins 7s (8:25pm)
Bath Rugby 7s v London Irish 7s (8:50pm)
Harlequins 7s v London Irish 7s (9:20pm)
Exeter Chiefs 7s v Bath Rugby 7s (9:45pm)
Bath Rugby 7s squad - KO 7.30pm
1. Will Skuse / back row / England U19
2. James Stephenson / back row
3. Joe Buckle / back row / England U18
4. Tom Baldwin / back row
5. Freddie Gabbitass / fly half / England U18
6. Ben Mosses / centre / England U18
7. Tom Heathcote / fly half / England U19
8. Matt Keyte / scrum half / England U18
9. Will Clemesha / scrum half
10. Paul Roberts (C) / fly half / England Students
11. Jamie-John Kilmartin / full back / England U18
12. Richard Lane / centre
Bath Rugby saw off a bid from arch rivals Leicester Tigers to secure the services of Springbok flanker Francois Louw, the Chronicle can reveal.
But the South African flanker says a "captivating" visit to Bath early this year made the choice between The Rec and Welford Road a straightforward one.
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Bath Rugby is delighted to officially confirm the signing of South African flanker, Francois Louw.
Hailing from Cape Town, Louw will join Bath in November, on a three year deal. The flanker has become an integral part of the Super Rugby Stormers side over the last two seasons, and has represented Western Province over 60 times.
Thursday, 7 July 2011
Bath Rugby coach Brad Davis is warning there will be no silverware for the club next year unless his side ups its game at home.
But Davis is confident that his charges – who are now deep into pre-season training – are already forging the type of mentality needed to be champions.
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Following the completion of the public consultation by the Recreation Ground Trust, Bath Rugby are very pleased with the results.
Chief Executive, Nick Blofeld, said "The consultation came back with 86% of the votes in favour of our proposal for land use at the Rec, and we are delighted with the level of support that has been shown by the people living in and around Bath. We now need to start working up some ideas of what would work best for the City and the Club, beginning with a public consultation process that will shape what hopefully becomes a planning application in the next few months.
"The results are excellent news for the Club, and show the continued support behind us to hugely improve the Rec, not just for ourselves, but for everyone in Bath to enjoy."
Tuesday, 5 July 2011
The 6' 5" lock joined Bath from Leeds Carnegie three years ago, and in that time has become an integral member of the squad, on and off the field.
West Country through and through having been born and raised in Devon, Stuart embodies the character, pride and determination that comes with pulling on the famous Blue, Black and White shirt. He made 26 appearances last season, starting every time. In total, he has played 87 times for Bath since he arrived in 2008, and has won the respect of the whole squad with his clever and effective line out work and outstanding work ethic.
Monday, 4 July 2011
If you hae not booked tickets yet for tonight's Twenty20 cricket at the Rec tickets will be available to purchase after 3.30pm on the gate.
A good crowd is anticipated for tonight's cricket match between Somerset and Essex. Tickets cost just £25 for adults and will be available to purchase on the gates after 3.30pm. These are available at the Riverside and Great Pulteney Street entrances. Please note it is cash sales only.
The Bath Rugby Ticket Office have a very small quantity of tickets remaining at just £20. These are available for pre-booking prior to 3.30pm by calling Bath Rugby Ticket Office on 0844 448 1865. Tickets booked in advance can be collected from the Bath Rugby Ticket Office today.
Please note there are a very limited number of tickets remaining for pre-booking.
Children's tickets are £3.
For those who have pre-booked tickets you can avoid the queues and enter from the Ringside 1 & 2 Entrance which will be ticket only.
The match starts at 5.30pm.
Sunday, 3 July 2011
Friday, 1 July 2011
3 Newcastle Falcons 6.30pm A
10 Saracens 3.15pm Sky TV H
17 Exeter Chiefs 5.30pm ESPN H
24 Gloucester 3pm A
1 Leicester 3.15pm Sky TV H
9 London Wasps 3pm A
29 London Irish 2.30pm ESPN A
5 Harlequins 2.15pm H
25/26/27 Worcester TBC A
3 Sale Sharks 2.15pm H
24/26 Northampton TBC A
1/2 London Irish TBC H
8 Saracens 3pm A
11 Newcastle Falcons 2.15pm H
18 Gloucester 2.15pm H
25 Exeter Chiefs 3pm A
3 Worcester 2.15pm H
24 Harlequins 3pm A
31 Northampton 2.15pm H
13 Sale Sharks 7.45pm A
21 Wasps 2.15pm H
5 Leicester Tigers 3pm A
Bath will get an early chance to spoil Gloucester’s hopes of another 100 per cent home record in the Aviva Premiership next season.
The West Country giants meet at Kingsholm on September 24, Gloucester’s second home game