Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Bath's Moody: I'm ready for World Cup opener against Argentina

Lewis Moody has no fears about being thrown back in at the deep end in England’s World Cup opener against Argentina.

Bath flanker Moody’s international season has been decimated by injury, the flanker managing just 62 minutes of Test rugby in 2011.


Newcastle Falcons could be in hot Bath water

DANNY GREWCOCK believes Newcastle Falcons could have their work cut out in Saturday’s Aviva Premiership opener against his former club Bath.

The 69-times-capped second row retired from the game at the end of last season, with a 42-12 home win over the Falcons the swansong in a career which saw him make 212 top-flight appearances.


Tuesday, 30 August 2011

GALLERY: Bath Rugby V Bristol Rugby

Bristol Rugby ran local rivals Bath close at the Recreation Ground on Friday evening, losing 20-16 in difficult conditions despite a hugely encouraging performance. Freelance photographer Tania Richards took some shots on the evening.

See the photos...

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Bath Rugby grind out win in West Country derby

West Country rivalries don't get much better than Bath versus Bristol. Under a the floodlit Recreation Ground on a sodden Friday evening, a rain drenched crowd witnessed a scrappy performance from both sides with Bath, in their final pre-season game, emerging the eventual winners, by 20 points to 16.


Friday, 26 August 2011 - 10 players to watch!


No-nonsense lock Attwood promises to be an ideal replacement for the retired Danny Grewcock at the Recreation Ground following his summer switch from Bath's west country rivals Gloucester. Had his share of disciplinary run-ins last season, but the 24-year-old England international is a quality tight forward.


Eastmond's decision to leave rugby league heavyweights St Helens for a career in rugby union did not go down well with many Saints fans, but he treads a well-worn path to The Rec, following the likes of Jason Robinson, Henry Paul and Shontayne Hape. Eastmond has match-winning qualities that could see him thrive in the Premiership.

See the others...

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Bath Rugby team to face Bristol Rugby

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Matt Carraro
13. Dan Hipkiss
12. Ben Williams
11. Tom Biggs
10. Sam Vesty
9. Michael Claassens (c)
1. Nathan Catt
2. Pieter Dixon
3. Kane Palma-Newport
4. Ryan Caldwell
5. Will Spencer
6. Ben Skirving
7. Carl Fearns
8. Simon Taylor


16. Ross Batty
17. David Flatman
18. David Wilson
19. Dave Attwood
20. Guy Mercer
21. Will Skuse
22. Mark McMillan
23. Tom Heathcote
24. Paul Roberts
25. Olly Woodburn
26. Nick Scott
27. Jack Cuthbert

Bath United team to face Bristol United

Bath United will kick-off proceedings in tomorrow night's double header against Bristol Rugby when they run out on the Recreation Ground, kick-off 5.30pm.

15. Jack Cuthbert
14. Nick Scott
13. Ben Mercer
12. Paul Roberts (C)
11. Olly Woodburn
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Chris Cook
1. Charlie Beech
2. Ross Batty
3. Mark Lilley
4. Nick Morris
5. Hugo Seccombe
6. Andy Beattie
7. Guy Mercer
8. Will Skuse


16. Max Anderson
17. Jake Field
18. Duncan Bell
19. Tom Dunn
20. James Stephenson
21. Sam Wierr
22. Sam Lewis
23. Will Clemesha
24. Freddie Gabbitass
25. Ed Hainsworth
26. Alex Brown
27. JJ Kilmartin

This weeks articles in the Chronicle on Bath Rugby

Skipper Stuart Hooper is challenging his Bath Rugby side to "shock" their absent internationals with the quality of their early-season form.

Six Bath players will miss the start of the Aviva Premiership while on World Cup duty. The England quartet of Lewis Moody, Matt Banahan, Lee Mears and Davey Wilson will be joined in New Zealand by new signings Francois Louw (South Africa) and Anthony Perenise (Samoa).

Read more articles about Bath Rugby...

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Francois Louw selected for South Africa World Cup squad

Congratulations to Bath Rugby's new signing, Francois Louw, who has been selected for the South Africa Rugby World Cup squad.

Having joined up with his new Bath Rugby teammates just last week, Francois received the call-up and returned to South Africa earlier this week.


Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Francois Louw returns to South Africa??

Rumours circulating that Francois Lowe has returned to South Africa and will be included in their World Cup Squad!? It's planned to be officially announced tonight!?

Watch this space...

Bath's Banahan can be the key man for England at Rugby World Cup

Bath director of rugby Sir Ian McGeechan believes giant outside back Matt Banahan will bring crucial versatility to England’s back line in the World Cup.

Banahan is one of four Bath players included in Martin Johnson’s squad which will fly to New Zealand.


I'm honoured to captain England at the World Cup, says Bath's Lewis Moody

Bath's Lewis Moody will captain England at the Rugby World Cup . . . just weeks after hobbling off the Twickenham pitch with his place in doubt.

Moody is joined in the England squad by Bath colleagues, Lee Mears, Matt Banahan and David Wilson.


Four Bath Rugby players fly the flag for England

All four Bath Rugby players who have been in the England training squad have been selected to travel to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup next month.

Matt Banahan, Lee Mears, David Wilson and Lewis Moody will all feature in Martin Johnson's World Cup squad, with Moody also retaining his place as captain of the squad.

England squad for 2011 Rugby World Cup


Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Alex Corbisiero (London Irish)
Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers)
Louis Deacon (Leicester Tigers)
Nick Easter (Harlequins)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
James Haskell (Ricoh Black Rams)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Lee Mears (Bath Rugby)
Lewis Moody (Bath Rugby)
Tom Palmer (Stade Francais)
Simon Shaw (Unattached)
Andrew Sheridan (Sale Sharks)
Matt Stevens (Saracens)
Steve Thompson (London Wasps)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)


Delon Armitage (London Irish)
Chris Ashton (Northampton Saints)
Matt Banahan (Bath Rugby)
Mark Cueto (Sale Sharks)
Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)
Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)
Shontayne Hape (London Irish)
Joe Simpson (London Wasps)
Mike Tindall (Gloucester Rugby)
Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)
Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)


Sunday, 21 August 2011

Bath United secure victory in season opener

Bath United saw off a strong Redruth side to record their first victory of the 2011/12 season as they battled to a 31-16 victory at the Recreation Ground.


Saturday, 20 August 2011

Stephen Donald's Bath move prompted by Carter success

New Zealand fly-half Stephen Donald says a major reason for joining Bath was to avoid playing in the shadow of fellow All Black Dan Carter.

Donald, 27, has been left out of their World Cup squad in favour of Carter, who is widely acknowledged as one of the best fly-halfs in the world.


Bath United side for season opener

15. Jamie-John Kilmartin
14. Ben Mercer
13. Nick Scott
12. Paul Roberts (Capt)
11. Ollie Woodburn
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Will Clemesha
1. Max Ashcroft
2. Max Anderson
3. Max Maidment
4. Hugo Seccombe
5. Nick Morris
6. James Tyas
7. James Stephenson
8. Will Skuse


16. Tom Dunn
17. Will Tanner
18. Tom Ellis
19. George Drury
20. Freddie Gabbitass
21. Alex Brown
22. Ben Loosmoore
23. Zak Vinnicombe
24. Ed Hainsworth

Cardiff Blues 26 Bath Rugby 15

Cardiff Blues 26 Bath Rugby 15
Friday 19 August 2011, 7.30pm kick off

Bath kicked off the match and an early penalty saw Vesty hook the ball wide. However, it wasn't long before the visitors were on the scoreboard, when Bath started a period of pressure with the forwards driving in the Blues twenty two before Hooper forced his way over with Vesty converting.


Thursday, 18 August 2011

This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby

The pieces are starting to slot nicely into place for Bath Rugby after a weekend of well-timed boosts.

First came the RFU's endorsement of New Zealand fly-half Stephen Donald's move to The Rec, then Springbok back-rower Francois Louw touched down in England after flying in from Cape Town.

Read all the articles...

Bath Rugby team to face Cardiff Blues

Cardiff City Stadium, kick-off 7.30pm.

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Matt Carraro
13. Dan Hipkiss
12. Ben Williams
11. Tom Biggs
10. Sam Vesty
9. Chris Cook
1. David Flatman
2. Ross Batty
3. Mark Lilley
4. Ryan Caldwell
5. Stuart Hooper (c)
6. Carl Fearns
7. Guy Mercer
8. Simon Taylor


16. Pieter Dixon
17. Charlie Beech
18. Nathan Catt
19. Kane Palma-Newport
20. Will Spencer
21. Ben Skirving
22. Will Skuse
23. Mark McMillan
24. Michael Claassens
25. Tom Heathcote
26. Paul Roberts
27. Nick Scott
28. Ollie Woodburn
29. Jack Cuthbert

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Flanker Ovens ready to show Bath what they are missing

JOSH Ovens has no qualms about crossing the Bath-Bristol divide if it means playing regular first-team rugby and helping his new club to a successful season.

The 22-year-old flanker has joined Bristol on a season-long loan from Aviva Premiership club Bath, where his route to the first team is blocked by players such as Lewis Moody, Simon Taylor, Andy Beattie and new signings Carl Fearns and Francois Louw.


Bath United in action at the Rec on Saturday

Craving some rugby action? Can't make it to Cardiff on Friday night for the first team's away game? Then why not join us at the Rec on Saturday afternoon when Bath United take on Redruth, kick-off 3pm.

This will be your first chance to see some of our new Academy boys in their first match of the season.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Bath Rugby's Stephen Donald....

Stephen Rex Donald

3 December 1983

Auckland, New Zealand

Rugby Union

Rugby nickname:


Waikato University
Bath Rugby

•Scored the most points in the Rebel Sports Super 14 (2007).
•Made All Blacks debut against England on 14 June 2008.

(Source: BBC)

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Bath Rugby quell the Melbourne Rebels

Two tries, a conversion and a penalty provided Bath Rugby with the points needed to beat the Melbourne Rebels in their first pre-season fixture of 2011/12 - final score 15-0


Friday, 12 August 2011

It's official - Steven Donald is a Bath Rugby player!

Bath Rugby are delighted to confirm the signing of All Black fly-half, Stephen Donald, on a three year contract.

The 22 times capped Donald will join the West Country from the Waikato Province, where he plays in the Super 15 for the Chiefs.

The 27 year old, 6' 3" fly-half has gained a wealth of experience throughout his domestic and international career so far, and will bring a dynamic, accurate game to Bath. He is a renowned playmaker, known for being able to control the game to great effect.


Steven Donald's visa granted?

Rumors circulating that Donald's visa has been granted! Hopefully official link to follow....!?

Banahan and Mears selected for England squad to face Wales

Matt Banahan and Lee Mears have been named on the bench for Saturday's clash with Wales in Cardiff.

England Team Manager, Martin Johnson, has made 13 changes to the starting XV who secured a 23-19 victory over Wales at Twickenham last weekend.


Thursday, 11 August 2011

This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby

For those Bath Rugby supporters who enjoy pondering 'What if...' scenarios, then tomorrow night's game with Melbourne Rebels will provide plenty of material to exercise the grey matter.

Barring any last-minute changes, Michael Lipman, Gareth Delve and Danny Cipriani will all play for the Rebels. All, in one form or another, have some sort of association with Bath. And the nature of those associations provides a rich seam of debate for the 'What if...' brigade.

Read them all...

Bath team to face Rebels!

Bath Rugby team to face Melbourne Rebels

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Nick Scott
13. Danny Hipkiss
12. Ben Williams
11. Tom Biggs
10. Sam Vesty
9. Michael Claassens
1. Nathan Catt
2. Pieter Dixon
3. Kane Palma-Newport
4. Stuart Hooper (C)
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Carl Fearns
7. Guy Mercer
8. Ben Skirving


16. Max Anderson
17. David Flatman
18. Mark Lilley
19. Charlie Beech
20. Will Spencer
21. Will Skuse
22. Simon Taylor
23. Chris Cook
24. Mark McMillan
25. Tom Heathcote
26. Paul Roberts
27. Matt Carraro
28. Ollie Woodburn

Cipriani and Lipman to start for the Rebels against Bath on Friday

RaboDirect Melbourne Rebels team to face Bath Rugby

1 Eddie Aholelei
2 Ged Robinson (Captain)
3 Laurie Weeks
4 Hugh Pyle
5 Cadeyrn Neville
6 Luke Jones
7 Michael Lipman
8 Tim Davidson
9 Richard Kingi
10 Danny Cipriani
11 Cooper Vuna
12 Lachie Mitchell
13 Stirling Mortlock
14 Pama Fou
15 Peter Betham


16 Nic Henderson
17 Luke Holmes
18 Greg Somerville
19 Jarrod Saffy
20 Nigel Ah Wong
21 David Hardisty
22 Jimmy Hilgendorf
23 Liam Windon
24 Gareth Delve

McGeechan: Bath not the finished article

Bath director of rugby Sir Ian McGeechan is relishing the chance to work with Bath's newlook coaching team ahead of the forthcoming Aviva Premiership season.


Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Open training session on Thursday...

Ahead of the big 'Battle of the Hemispheres' this Friday, Bath Rugby would like to invite you to join both teams in an open Captain's run at the Rec on Thursday 11th August from 10am. Entry is free.

In a first for Bath, our opening pre-season friendly for the 2011/12 season will see the boys take on a Southern Hemisphere side, the RaboDirect Melbourne Rebels, at the Rec this Friday.

To mark this huge occasion we would like to invite you to join us in an opportunity to meet the two sides before they go head to head in our open Captain's run on Thursday.

Both teams will run out onto the Rec for their final training session on Thursday morning and we are throwing open the gates to all supporters to come and pick up a few tips from the professionals and to meet the stars.

Bath Rugby will kick off proceedings at 10.30am with the RaboDirect Melbourne Rebels taking to the pitch at 12 noon.

Monday, 8 August 2011

England wait on Moody

England will assess Lewis Moody's injury on Monday amid fears he could miss the forthcoming Rugby World Cup.

Moody limped out of England's 23-19 victory over Wales on Saturday with what he hopes is just a "tweak" of his right knee.

The Bath flanker damaged ligaments in the same knee in January and subsequently missed the Six Nations. He had taken to the field on Saturday with heavy strapping on his leg.


Sunday, 7 August 2011

Lewis Moody plays down latest knee injury

England captain Lewis Moody has played down his latest knee injury after he was forced off in the 23-19 World Cup warm-up win over Wales.


Saturday, 6 August 2011

Bath Rugby hold their own at 7s Finals

A young Bath team walked away from the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series with their heads held high after a 28-12 win over Sale in the final group game at the Stoop.


Friday, 5 August 2011

Barkley's Blokely article...

With the World Cup on our door step and soon to be banging hard on our window pane, the time has come for those plying their trade on foreign soil to step lucratively back into the shop window. While the financial system is in crisis all over the globe, the pound (and the euro) still offer a healthy exchange for the rand and the Aussie and New Zealand dollars, opening the door for players in these countries to cash in while their star is at its highest.


Thursday, 4 August 2011

This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby...

Ex-Bath Rugby number eight and current team-mate Gareth Delve reckons England will see a new, grown-up Danny Cipriani after the fly-half was omitted by national boss Martin Johnson from the World Cup squad, writes Gary Baker.

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Roberts eyes fly-half berth

Bath fly-half Paul Roberts insists his apprenticeship has run its course and admits there will be no excuses if he is not challenging the big-boys for a first team jersey this season.


Roberts to lead Bath Rugby at 7s final

Bath Rugby squad for the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series Final.

1. Will Skuse - Back Row/England U19
2. James Tyas - Back Row/Scotland U20
3. Joe Buckle - Back Row/England U18
4. Alex Brown - Wing
5. Freddie Gabbitass - Fly-half/England U18
6. Ollie Woodburn - Centre
7. Tom Heathcote - Fly-half/England U19
8. Matt Keyte - Scrum-half/England U18
9. Chris Cook - Scrum-half/England U18
10. Paul Roberts (Capt) - Fly-half/England Students
11. JJ Kilmartin - Fullback/England U18
12. Richard Lane - Centre

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Tindall ready to hand back England skipper's job to Bath's Lewis Moody

Lewis Moody is set to resume the England captaincy for Saturday’s Investec international against Wales at a sold-out Twickenham.

The Bath flanker missed the whole of England’s Six Nations title-winning campaign with a knee ligament injury, handing over the captaincy reins first to Mike Tindall and then Nick Easter.


Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Owner Bruce Craig believes Bath can be 'best in Europe'

Bath owner Bruce Craig believes the side can dominate in both England and Europe under his guidance.

The club have not won a piece of silverware since their 2008 Challenge Cup victory, which was their first trophy in 10 years.
"Winning the Heineken Cup and the Premiership has got to be the ultimate objective," Craig told BBC Points West.


Bath Rugby's LV= Cup opposition announced

2011/12 LV= Cup

Pool 1
Bath Rugby
London Wasps

Pool 2
Leicester Tigers
London Irish
Sale Sharks
Cardiff Blues

Pool 3
Gloucester Rugby
Newcastle Falcons

Pool 4
Northampton Saints
Exeter Chiefs
Worcester Warriors

Round 1 - 14/15/16 October

Northampton Saints v Saracens
Worcester Warriors v London Wasps
Dragons v Bath Rugby
Exeter Chiefs v Ospreys
Newcastle Falcons v Cardiff Blues
Harlequins v London Irish
Gloucester Rugby v Sale Sharks
Scarlets v Leicester Tigers (Saturday October 15, Sky Sports HD, KO 1800)

Round 2 - 21/22/23 October

Saracens v Exeter Chiefs
London Wasps v Dragons
Bath Rugby v Worcester Warriors
Ospreys v Northampton Saints (Saturday October 22, Sky Sports HD, KO 1800)
London Irish v Newcastle Falcons
Sale Sharks v Harlequins
Leicester Tigers v Gloucester Rugby
Cardiff Blues v Scarlets

Round 3 - 27/28/29 January

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

Round 4 - 3/4/5 February

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

Semi finals (9/10/11 March, venue TBC)
Final (16/17/18 March, venue TBC)

Moody relishing return

England captain Lewis Moody says he cannot wait to get back on the pitch for his side's first World Cup warm-up match against Wales on Saturday.

The flanker missed the whole of England's victorious RBS Six Nations campaign at the start of the year due to a knee injury but is set make his international return in the clash at Twickenham.


Jack Cuthbert selected on the bench for Scotland

Jack Cuthbert has been selected by Scotland to face Ireland in the EMC Test at Murrayfield on Saturday 6th August, kick-off 2.15pm.

One of two uncapped players in the 22, Jack could make his first appearance for Scotland if he comes off the bench during the Test. The other is 21-year-old Edinburgh back-row forward David Denton - both have been called up from Scotland A.


Bath owner Bruce Craig reveals vision for the future

Bath owner Bruce Craig tells BBC Points West he wants to build a "long-term future" for the club.

Listen now...