With the new season just around the corner and a number of exciting events planned for the summer months we thought we would take this opportunity to keep you up-to-date on all the comings and goings at Bath Rugby as we prepare for the new season.
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.