Monday, 31 December 2012

Brad Davis ready to return to Bath after Exeter draw, says Toby Booth

Brad Davis, the only coach to survive two changes of head coach and a switch in owners at Bath, appears ready to return to the club after settling the differences which have resulted in his absence over Christmas.

Davis, a mainstay at Bath for more than six years, has missed three games and was not at Exeter on Saturday. The head coach, Gary Gold, had previously said the Australian was "considering his future" but Gold's other deputy, Toby Booth, was more upbeat after this weekend's drawn game: "As far as we understand things, he is coming back and we have just carried on coaching and leave the upper management to deal with that," said Booth. "As far as we are aware he is coming back and it is just a question of when."

Neither Davis, a former rugby league coach who joined Bath from Castleford in 2006 to work under Steve Meehan, nor the club has been specific about the cause of the dispute. The only other utterances have come from Gold, who said he was anxious that Davis continue a partnership which began in the summer when Sir Ian McGeechan and most of his coaching staff were replaced.

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Saturday, 29 December 2012

Exeter Chiefs 12 Bath 12: match report

Read a full match report of the Aviva Premiership game between Exeter Chiefs and Bath at Sandy Park on Saturday Dec 29 2012.

The conversation of a penalty try three minutes from time denied Exeter their first Premiership victory over west country rivals Bath in front of a sell-out crowd of 10,744 at Sandy Park.

Both sides went into the game on the back of defeats with Exeter seeing their run of seven victories halted by a 18-16 defeat at Gloucester while Bath were hammered 22-0 at home to Saracens.

Tom Hayes returned to the second row to lead the Chiefs while Phil Dollman came in at outside centre so James Hanks and Ian Whitten dropped to the bench where they were joined by the return of England international Tom Johnson.

Full back Ollie Devoto made his first Premiership start for Bath while inside centre Matt Banahan, locks Dave Attwood and Ryan Caldwell and number eight Ben Skirving all returned to action for the visitors.

The Chiefs applied the early pressure but conceded silly penalties and when close to the posts they had the ball turned over. Then with 12 minutes on the clock fly-half Gareth Steenson, with the wind at his back, landed the opening penalty.

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Friday, 28 December 2012

Bath Rugby to make a move for Toby Faletau

TOBY Faletau is the latest big-name Wales player to figure on the radar of Europe's moneyed clubs, with Bath heading the queue for his services.

The West Country outfit are believed to have tried to tempt the Dragons with a six-figure transfer fee for one of Welsh rugby's most prized jewels.

Faletau, who is expected to face the Ospreys in the Pro12 clash at Rodney Parade on New Year's Eve, has been consistently outstanding since stepping up to the regional scene as a teenager.

While his region have struggled, he has sparkled, posing problems for opposition defences with his athleticism, work-rate and ability to crash over the gain-line.

The 22-year-old renewed his contract with the Dragons after returning from the 2011 World Cup, signing fresh terms to stay at the region until 2014.

When the deal was sealed Wales's most easterly professional set-up revealed there had been "worldwide interest" in the Tonga-born player.

His displays since have only boosted his stock further, with a number of French and English clubson his trail, but Bath, who signed Paul James from the Ospreys in the summer, appear to have upped the ante by revealing the colour of their money.

Their apparent interest in Faletau comes amid suggestions that the Dragons could be scaled down to a development operation in the not-too-distant future.

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Bath Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs


15 Ollie Devoto
14 Horacio Agulla
13 Kyle Eastmond
12 Matt Banahan
11 Tom Biggs
10 Stephen Donald
9 Michael Claassens
1 Paul James
2 Lee Mears
3 David Wilson
4 Dave Attwood
5 Ryan Caldwell
6 Francois Louw ( c )
7 Guy Mercer
8 Ben Skirving

Replacements

16 Tom Dunn
17 Charlie Beech
18 Anthony Perenise
19 Stuart Hooper
20 Will Skuse
21 Mark McMillan
22 Tom Heathcote
23 Dan Hipkiss


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Thursday, 27 December 2012

The deadline approaches, spread the word...

I visited the session held in Bath today (19th) by members of the Trust.

I learnt that in replying to the consultation you need to focus of the Benefits to the Trusts objectives of “The Scheme” not to other parties e.g. The Rugby Club, Bath Businesses etc
So for instance you may make points like;

 With the transfer of the Lambridge land the amount of Open Space available to the Trust, to meet is objectives, increases by over 100%
 The Scheme will mean that any threat to the Leisure Centre will go away. Currently into doesn’t conform to the Trust objective “.... to maintain and let the land as an open space ...”. This will protect sports facilities for the residents of the City in line with the Trusts objectives

Hope this helps
David Beament

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Bath Rugby confident that more players will sign new contracts in coming weeks

Saturday's defeat against Saracens may have only marked the halfway point of the season but Bath Rugby have already begun setting their stall out for 2013-14.

Six current first-team playersannounced extensions to their contracts with the club last Friday, with more expected to do so in the coming weeks.

Matt Banahan, Ryan Caldwell, Nathan Catt, Carl Fearns, Lee Mears and Ben Williams have all put pen to paper on new deals as Gary Gold continues his development of the first-team since taking over as head coach in the summer.

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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Claassens off to Toulon!

Claassens has signed for Toulon according to the Rugby Paper and some French websites...

You will need to speak french or use Google Translate to get the gist of what is being reported...
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Louw makes Aviva Premiership team of the year (so far)

6. Francois Louw - Bath Rugby
Under Gary Gold Bath have developed a reputation as a side that are extremely tough to beat, and fellow South African Francois Louw has best epitomised Gold's new philosophy at the club. After a busy summer at the Rugby Championship, Louw has blended seamlessly back into the blue and black of Bath and also looks a natural leader at the club.

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Preview: Exeter Chiefs v Bath Rugby

Exeter Chiefs seven game winning run in all competitions ended narrowly at Gloucester on Saturday. The Chiefs only home loss at Sandy Park in the Premiership since February was against Northampton on 22 April.

Bath Rugby have lost back to back Aviva Premiership Rugby fixtures and were nilled at The Rec on Saturday by Saracens for the first time at the venue since 2009. Bath's only Premiership away win so far this season came at Worcester in round one.

Exeter's only previous win against Bath in a competitive fixture remains the 20-6 victory at the old County Ground in the 1st round of the John Player Cup in 1978. Bath won 23-15 when the two clubs met at The Rec in October.

Source: Prem Rugby


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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Match report: BATH RUGBY 0 SARACENS 22

Charlie Hodgson produced a sublime performance at a rain-soaked Rec as Bath Rugby crashed to their heaviest defeat of the season against Saracens.

The visitors coped by far the better with the atrocious conditions, with the imperious Hodgson kicking 17 points to send the home side crashing back to earth with a bump following back-to-back Amlin Cup wins over Italian side Calvisano.

Head coach Gary Gold will be bitterly disappointed at how little his side offered during the match, with Bath's chances all but gone before half-time.

Both teams took time to settle in the face of the torrential rain but once Hodgson had his first sight of goal, it was all one-way traffic. The Sarries fly-half saw a drop-goal attempt from 30 metres drift wide but his long-range penalty three minutes later put the visitors ahead.

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Friday, 21 December 2012

Six Bath Rugby Players Extend Contracts

Bath Rugby are delighted to announce that six first team players have extended their contracts with the Club.

Matt Banahan, Ryan Caldwell, Nathan Catt, Carl Fearns, Lee Mears and Ben Williams have all put pen to paper as Bath look to cement a core of experienced, high class players whose work ethic and values fit perfectly with the Club's developing ethos.

Speaking of the news, Head Coach Gary Gold said: "These signings represent a huge declaration of intent from our playing squad. We put a real emphasis on taking care of our current players and their contracts, so we are very happy to have completed these deals in such good time. That these guys were all keen to stay and be a part of what we are trying to achieve here at Bath says an enormous amount for the Club. They are all outstanding individuals as well as outstanding players, so it's fantastic news that they will all be wearing the Bath jersey for seasons to come."


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Bath Rugby team to face Saracens

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Horacio Agulla
13. Kyle Eastmond
12. Ben Williams
11. Tom Biggs
10. Stephen Donald
9. Michael Claassens
1. Paul James
2. Lee Mears
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper (c)
5. Dominic Day
6. Francois Louw
7. Guy Mercer
8. Simon Taylor

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn
17. Charlie Beech
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Dave Attwood
20. Will Skuse
21. Mark McMillan
22. Tom Heathcote
23. Dan Hipkiss


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Thursday, 20 December 2012

Bath keen to bolster centre options

Bath Rugby boss Gary Gold has confirmed that the club are keen on bringing in a new centre ahead of next season but claimed it would be "irresponsible" to reveal who is on their shopping list.

Reports at the weekend suggested that Bath are chasing Jonathan Joseph with the London Irish centre's contract up at the end of the season. Bath are allowed to approach Joseph in the New Year and Gold has revealed that he is keen on bringing in a centre, along with bolstering other areas of his side, but did not confirm whether Joseph is on their radar.

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Speculation continues over Brad Davis' future as Bath's first-team coach

Speculation about Davis' future with the club increased earlier in the week but Gold insists he does not want him to leave and he is happy with the dynamics of his back-room staff.

Former rugby league player Davis joined Bath more than six years ago when Steve Meehan was in charge at The Rec.

"Brad is assessing his options," said Gold. "I don't want him to leave and neither do the club. He's a great guy, a great coach, and I enjoy working with him.

"He'll assess what he wants to do and come back to us. We can decide how we move forward from there. It is a great bunch of guys to work with.

"As a group, we'd obviously not worked together before, so there are idiosyncrasies within each other that we need to come to terms with and be comfortable with.

"But we work hard together as a group, we are always talking and the communication is good. I'd never want us to rest on our laurels, but I am really happy with the way it's been going."

Source: Sky Sports


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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

The Future of the Rec Consultation “drop-in”

I visited the session held in Bath today (19th) by members of the Trust

I learnt that in replying to the consultation you need to focus of the Benefits to the Trusts objectives of “The Scheme” not to other parties e.g. The Rugby Club, Bath Businesses etc

So for instance you may make points like;

 With the transfer of the Lambridge land the amount of Open Space available to the Trust, to meet is objectives, increases by over 100%

 The Scheme will mean that any threat to the Leisure Centre will go away. Currently into doesn’t conform to the Trust objective “.... to maintain and let the land as an open space ...”. This will protect sports facilities for the residents of the City in line with the Trusts objectives

Hope this helps

Dave Beament


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Sports fans' warning over blueprint for future of Bath Rugby at The Rec

Sports fans say the damage caused to Bath by rejection of a solution to the uncertainty surrounding the Recreation Ground would be “incalculable”.

A 4,800-strong pressure group is urging its members to show support for a new blueprint which will pave the way for Bath Rugby to develop a bigger ground at its historic home.

The document - called a scheme - has been published by the Charity Commission in what is being hailed as the best chance of resolving a decade of deadlock over the city centre green lung, which has charitable status.

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Monday, 17 December 2012

Aviva Premiership Rounds 14 – 17 confirmed

The kick-off times and dates for Rounds 14-17 of the Aviva Premiership have been confirmed.

The game at the Recreation Ground against Gloucester Rugby, which had been moved to the evening of Friday 1st March, to avoid clashing with the Bath Half Marathon taking place on the Sunday, will now be broadcast by ESPN and kick-off at 20.00, instead of 20.15.

The other two home games in this period, against Worcester Warriors on Saturday 9th February and London Irish on Saturday 16th February will kick-off at our preferred time of 14.15 on the Saturday afternoons.

Round 16, away to Northampton Saints, will be on Saturday 23rd February, with a kick-off time of 15.00.

Tickets for the games against Worcester and London Irish are on General Sale now, with tickets for Gloucester going on sale to Season Ticket Holders on 7th January, Members on 9th January and General Sale on 14th January.


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Sunday, 16 December 2012

London Irish star Joseph is lined up for move to Bath

Jonathan Joseph looks set to be the next London Irish star to leave the club, with a move to Bath all but secured.

The England centre is likely to team up again with former Exiles head coach Toby Booth, who is in charge of the first team at The Rec, working under director of rugby Gary Gold.

Joseph, 21, made his debut for England as a substitute in the first Test against South Africa in Durban last June, before starting in the next two Tests.

An ankle injury ruled him out of starting against Fiji last month, although he managed to claim a fourth cap with an appearance from the bench in the epic victory over New Zealand.

Bath see Joseph as an exciting addition to a back line that includes centre Matt Banahan, full-back Nick Abendanon, stand-off Stephen Donald and winger Tom Biggs.

Sources: Daily Mail

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Saturday, 15 December 2012

Amlin Challenge Cup: Bath make it four wins from four at Calvisano

Bath made it four bonus-point wins out of four in this season's Amlin Challenge Cup with a 39-5 thumping of Calvisano at Peroni Stadium.

The Aviva Premiership side ran in seven tries, of which winger Horacio Agulla claimed three, and remain on course to top Pool 4.

Flanker Simon Taylor set Bath on their way after just two minutes before a quickfire double from Argentina wing Agulla put the visitors in total command.

A converted Tom Biggsscore gave Bath the bonus-point and saw their lead extended to 24-0 at half-time.

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Friday, 14 December 2012

Bath Rugby team to face Calvisano

15 Jack Cuthbert
14 Horacio Agulla
13 Kyle Eastmond
12 Ben Williams
11 Tom Biggs
10 Stephen Donald ( c )
9 Michael Claassens
1 Charlie Beech
2 Brett Sharman
3 David Wilson
4 Dave Attwood
5 Dominic Day
6 Simon Taylor
7 Josh Ovens
8 Nick Koster

Replacements

16 Tom Dunn
17 Anthony Perenise
18 Kane Palma-Newport
19 Ryan Caldwell
20 Stuart Hooper
21 Mark McMillan
22 Tom Heathcote
23 Sam Vesty


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Thursday, 13 December 2012

Bath lock Dave Attwood keen to build on record-breaking win over Calvisano in the Amlin Challenge Cup

Dave Attwood insists Bath will not underestimate Calvisano on Saturday despite their record-breaking win over the Italians at the Rec.

Bath will travel to Italy for the Amlin Challenge Cup encounter on the back of a 67-11 rout in the home fixture - a club record victory in Europe.

However Attwood, who scored Bath's final try in the comprehensive win, claims there will be no complacency in the squad.

"I think the Italian teams have got tarred by the same brush as the French, with the old adage that they don't like to play away," Attwood told Sky Sports.

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Sunday, 9 December 2012

Bath Rugby complete Italian job with record European win

Match report: BATH RUGBY 67 CALVISANO 11

By Harry Abbott

A record victory in Europe saw Bath Rugby take control of Pool 4 of the Amlin Cup as they ran in a ten-try haul against Italian visitors Calvisano.

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The win was built on a dominant second-half display in which Bath racked up 52 points, with the sin-binning of Andrea Lovotti just before the break proving crucial.

The home side scored four tries in the ten minutes he was off the field, with the game having looked evenly poised at 8-8 prior to the prop's departure.

Even when Calvisano were back to their full complement of players, however, it was too late to stop the rot. The visitors simply had no answer to Bath's attacks, as they took a big step towards the knockout stages.

New Scotland international Tom Heathcote gave Bath the lead with a penalty after just three minutes before, somewhat surprisingly, Calvisano grabbed the game's first try.

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Friday, 7 December 2012

Bath Rugby team to face Calvisano

15. Jack Cuthbert
14. Kyle Eastmond
13. Horacio Agulla
12. Sam Vesty
11. Olly Woodburn
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Mark McMillan
1. Charlie Beech
2. Brett Sharman
3. David Wilson
4. Dominic Day
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Josh Ovens
7. Guy Mercer (c)
8. Nick Koster

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn
17. Anthony Perenise
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Will Spencer
20. Will Skuse
21. Chris Cook
22. Ollie Devoto
23. Ben Williams


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Thursday, 6 December 2012

The Future of the Rec

As many of you are already aware, the Charity Commission has now published it's Scheme for the use of the land at the Rec.

We would like to urge all supporters to have their say on the future of the Recreation Ground, and you have until the end of December to participate.
Following the Recreation Ground Trust's recent proposal to the Charity Commission regarding the usage of the Rec, you can now make your views known by filling in the short questionnaire found here or you can send it in writing to:

Charity Commission
PO Box 1227
Liverpool, L69 3UG

In deciding whether to confirm the Scheme, the Charity Commission will take into account all representations that it receives during that period, both for and against, so it is important that everyone's views are heard.
Nick Blofeld, Bath Rugby Chief Executive, said: "We wholeheartedly support the Recreation Ground Trust's proposal for the Recreation Ground and look forward to the Charity Commission's decision after the statutory notice period. We would also like all our supporters to comment on the Charity Commission's Scheme during the consultation period throughout December.

"We will continue to work with all interested parties with the aim of achieving a positive outcome for the Club and the residents of Bath, and will come forward with more detailed plans for Bath Rugby to remain at the Rec in due course after this stage of the process is complete."


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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Inconsistent RFU

Where to start.......think The word inconsistent is probably the best way forward.

Bath against Tigers is always a fraught affair and is steeped in history. For two clubs who were so hotly contested as the biggest clubs around for a lengthy period an animosity grew and became grudge fixtures, that still is the case and always will be. The latest episode still leads us that way, as It's safe to say the game didn't go to plan. Up to the point where François Louw was issued his marching order Bath had a strong opportunity to win the fixture at Welford Road and take a large scalp on their journey back up the table. Unfortunately this did not come to pass as it appeared Louw's red card saw a collapse of what was turning out to be a good bout between two giants. The decision for Louw's red came from the touch judge as opposed to Mr wigglesworth who was officiating the tie. As we all know everybody is human and mistakes happen and every referee has a bad day at the office, to reduce the impact of these errors we now are graced with TMO to aid the officials. With a lot of regret this combination failed in this instance, where it appeared even the Leicester faithful were in charge. A game that descended into chaos leading to three red cards and three yellow in not an advert the Aviva premiership or RFU would relish.

So how do the RFU resolve this almost farcical fixture? By selecting key infringements and citing the players involved. Or picking some players and citing them, yep that's right the go for the latter!!

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Lee Mears gets 2 weeks!

LEE Mears of Bath Rugby appeared before an RFU Disciplinary Panel this evening, cited for punching or striking an opponent, contrary to Law 10.4 (a), in the Aviva Premiership fixture Leicester Tigers vs Bath Rugby on December 1, following a report from the independent citing officer John Byett.

The player pleaded guilty to the charge. Mears was given a 2 week ban and ordered to pay £500 towards hearing costs. He is free to play again on December 17.


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Banners gets 3 weeks!

Matt Banahan of Bath Rugby appeared before an RFU Disciplinary Panel this evening, after receiving a red card for a dangerous tackle, contrary to Law 10.4 (e), in the same fixture. The player pleaded guilty to the charge.

Banahan was given a 3 week ban and ordered to pay £500 towards hearing costs. He is free to play again on December 24.

The Panel comprised Christopher Quinlan QC, Nick Dark and John Brennan.

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Sunday, 2 December 2012

Louw and Banahan see red as Bath Rugby lose at Leicester Tigers

The referee took centre stage as Bath Rugby slipped to a narrow defeat at Welford Road in an ill-tempered Aviva Premiership affair, but head coach Gary Gold insisted his focus was on his own players after they were once again their own worst enemies.

Bath looked on course to record an Aviva Premiership victory in the back yard of old foes Leicester Tigers as tries for Stephen Donald and Tom Biggs more than cancelled out two George Ford penalties.

But ill-discipline was to cost them as Francois Louw was shown a red card for elbowing Graham Kitchener in the face, before Matt Banahan followed him off the pitch for a high challenge on Anthony Allen.

Tigers' Brett Deacon was also shown red for punching Banahan in the face in retaliation, but with Simon Taylor and Donald also being sin-binned by referee Tim Wigglesworth, Bath were fighting an uphill battle and Adam Thompstone's try and Ford's boot got Leicester over the line.

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Friday, 30 November 2012

Bath Rugby team to face Leicester Tigers


15 Nick Abendanon
14 Kyle Eastmond
13 Horacio Agulla
12 Matt Banahan
11 Tom Biggs
10 Stephen Donald
9 Michael Claassens
1 Paul James
2 Lee Mears
3 Anthony Perenise
4 Stuart Hooper ( c )
5 Dave Attwood
6 Francois Louw
7 Guy Mercer
8 Simon Taylor

Replacements

16 Brett Sharman
17 Charlie Beech
18 Kane Palma-Newport
19 Dominic Day
20 Josh Ovens
21 Mark McMillan
22 Tom Heathcote
23 Jack Cuthbert


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Rugby stadium comes step closer as new way forward for The Rec backed

A proposal which would pave the way for Bath Rugby to build a new, bigger stadium on the Rec was backed by councillors at a meeting last night.

The Board of Trustees of the Recreation Ground met at the Guildhall to discuss a draft scheme which will be officially put forward by the Charity Commission to end the long-running dispute over the use of the city centre site.

It would allow the trust to grant a new lease to Bath Rugby, which would give them a greater portion of the Rec in exchange for what was the club’s Lambridge training ground.

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Thursday, 29 November 2012

The Real Friends of the Rec - ONE FINAL PUSH: YOUR RESPONSE TO THE CHARITY COMMISSION COULD ENSURE REC SOLUTION

At today's (29th Nov 2012) meeting of the Bath Recreation Ground Trust Board the Trustees endorsed the Charity Commission Draft Scheme for the Rec. The Committee of the Real Friends of the Rec (RFOTR) is delighted that this key milestone has been reached and we are sure that all RFOTR members will feel the same.

The Scheme is a legal order published by the Charity Commission that enables the Rec Trust to move ahead with key new changes on how the Rec is used. The final stage in the process for the implementation of the Scheme is the 28-day period during which responses on the Draft Scheme can be submitted to the Charity Commission. This process starts on November 30th 2012. There is no fixed format for responses, but we understand that the Charity Commission is looking for 'substantive' responses from those who are users or potential users of the Rec. A user can be someone participating in sports and events on the Rec, spectators at sports (e.g. Rugby) or events on the Rec, etc. It is important that as many members of the RFOTR send in responses to the Charity Commission as soon as possible. You can go to the Charity Commission website (www.charitycommission.gov.uk/our_regulatory_activity/compliance_work/schemes/) where you can respond online, and also find information about how to respond in writing.

Clearly members will determine the form of their own responses, but listed below are some of the key points about the Scheme that the Committee of the RFOTR regard as important:

1. The Charity Commission (CC) Scheme resolves two of the long standing discrepancies with the objectives of the Rec Trust: the lease to Bath Rugby as a commercial organisation, and the presence of the Leisure Centre on land that is not an open space. The resolution of these two issues will enable a sound financial future for the Trust, as well as providing a sound future for both the Leisure Centre and Bath Rugby. We see this as extremely important for all users of the Rec, whether they are participating in sports held on the Rec, attendees at Bath Rugby matches, or users of the Leisure Centre. If the Scheme were not implemented and Bath Rugby were to leave the Rec the likelihood is that the Rec Trust would become financially insolvent with a huge negative impact on the users of the Rec.

2. The offer of the Rugby Club to provide its Lambridge Training Ground as compensation for the additional land that it will occupy at the Rec is an excellent arrangement for all parties; the beneficiaries and users of the Rec, the Rec Trust and Bath Rugby. As pointed out in the brochure provided by the Trust (see link below) the amount of land held by the Trust increases by 73%. We would hope that this will increase participation on all land held by the Rec Trust with more sports now able to make use of the additional land held by the Trust.

3. The key points of this Scheme has already received overwhelming public support in the consultation held in June 2011 with 85% of the respondents Strongly Agreeing or Agreeing with the proposal.

4. A key aim of the RFOTR has been to see redevelopment on the Rec that will provide a first-class venue for 'All Sports for All People'. The fact that the CC Scheme enables Bath Rugby to develop a three-sided arena, with a temporary stand on the east-side during the rugby playing season, giving a 17,000-18,000 person capacity is a huge benefit for the citizens of Bath and its environs. Access will be available to this facility during the summer months with the possibility of cricket, other sports, as well as public events such as concerts etc. This should enable a significant increase in the overall usage of the Rec.

5. Bath is a World Heritage City. The CC Scheme at last enables first-class facilities to be developed on the Rec in contrast to the 3rd rate and dilapidated structures that exist today. New facilities on the Rec hosting Premiership Rugby and other sporting events would be visited by, and seen by many across the UK and worldwide. This would provide excellent PR and wonderful promotion for our World Heritage City. Additionally the significant commercial benefit to the City of Bath would be further increased by these sporting events being held in new first-class facilities.

6. The RFOTR Committee is very pleased to see that the Rec Trust has endorsed the CC Scheme, and is fully supportive of the Scheme. We hope that the CC will adopt the Scheme as soon as possible.

More information about the Scheme, including an electronic version of an explanatory booklet, will be available on the Rec Trust website at www.recreationgroundtrust.org.uk. The brochure is an excellent document - do read it!


WE ANCTIPCATE A HIGH LEVEL OF RESPONSE ON THE SCHEME TO THE CC. IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT MEMBERS OF THE RFOTR MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD SO THAT BATH GETS THE FUTURE FOR THE REC THAT IT DESERVES!

CONTACTS
You can contact the Executive Committee via email at contact@realfriendsoftherec.co.uk


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Will Lancaster re-discover his faith?

Has the day finally dawned where Bath's pocket rocket Tom Biggs gets to don the white of England and sport the Red Rose for his country?

The avid fans at Bath have been championing Biggs to take a role on the wing for England, and now with his call up to Pennyhill could see this finally come true. When Biggs joined from Falcons the Bath supporters realised Bath had signed a very talented player and have been wondering when his full English call up would come. This season especially has seen a huge turn in form from Biggs, not just his pace but showing there's more to his game than just a speedster. The best way to describe him is a well rounded wingers who punches well above his weight, no matter the shape or size he will hit a tackle with a force that would stop majority of players, many of which have been try savers.

It was Lancaster who initially spotted the talents of Biggs taking him into the academy at Leeds, and sending him on the road to the player he is now. So does he still see enough in him to release him on the international stage, and what a baptism of fire squaring up against the All blacks.

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Two new signings for Bath Rugby!

Bath Rugby have bolstered their pack with the signings of Eusebio Guinazu and Mat Gilbert, it was announced today.
Guinazu, who covers both hooker and prop, has a wealth of experience, having played club rugby in both the northern and southern hemispheres as well as representing his native Argentina over 25 times to date. His most recent appearances with the Pumas came in this year's Autumn Internationals. He will officially join the Club in a couple of weeks, with his contract running until 2014.
Back-row Gilbert, who was born in England, arrives at the Club as injury cover until the end of the season. He made his name at Scarlets, making 15 appearances for the Welsh province, before moving to Mogliano. He has also won 11 caps for the England Deaf rugby team.
Commenting on the news, Bath Head Coach, Gary Gold, said: "Both Eusebio and Mat will be great additions to the squad we have here. Eusebio has a huge amount of experience which will be a great benefit to us, whilst Matt is a special young talent with a lot to offer the game. They are great guys, will fit in well, and we're looking forward to them joining us."
Source: Bath Rugby
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Sunday, 25 November 2012

Biggs called up to England squad

Bath Rugby wing Tom Biggs has been called up to the England training squad this evening ahead of the final QBE international against New Zealand on Saturday.

Biggs replaces Ugo Monye, who remains at Harlequins for treatment on a calf injury.

FORWARDS (20)

Mouritz Botha (Saracens)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Alex Corbisiero (London Irish)
James Haskell (London Wasps)
Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
Tom Palmer (London Wasps)
Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
David Paice (London Irish)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt)
George Robson (Harlequins)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
Nick Wood (Gloucester Rugby)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

BACKS (14)

Chris Ashton (Saracens)
Brad Barritt (Saracens)
Tom Biggs (Bath Rugby)
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Jonathan Joseph (London Irish)
Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby)
Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

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Booth buoyed by Donald display

Bath first-team coach Toby Booth paid tribute to Stephen Donald's coolness after the All Black fly-half booted his side to a 21-18 win over Aviva Premiership leaders Harlequins at the Recreation Ground.

Donald turned in his best performance for Bath by kicking seven penalties from eight attempts but it was nip and tuck all the way through against fellow New Zealander Nick Evans, whose boot was also responsible for all his side's points.

Booth said: "The one thing about Stephen Donald is that he will never shy away from responsibility. He was very, very good tonight and showed his worth to the team. That has been very well received by fans and coaches and players alike.

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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Fired-up Matt Banahan looking to win new Bath Rugby deal

Fit-again Matt Banahan is fired up to secure a new contract with Bath Rugby after putting an early-season knee injury behind him.
The centre/wing is in pursuit of the kind of form that saw him score 16 tries in his debut season as he – like a clutch of out-of-contract Bath players – seek to nail a spot in head coach Gary Gold's plans for the 2013-14 campaign.

An injury sustained against Wasps in just the second week of the Premiership frustrated Banahan's bid to register on England coach Stuart Lancaster's radar ahead of the autumn internationals. But following a return to action against London Welsh in the Premiership on November 4 and two subsequent LV= Cup matches, Banahan feels well-placed to kick on.

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MATCH REPORT: Bath Rugby 21 Harlequins 18


Stephen Donald helped himself to all of Bath Rugby's points as Aviva Premiership champions Harlequins were defeated at The Rec tonight.

The World Cup-winning fly-half booted seven penalties to fellow Kiwi Nick Evans' six for Quins, who were denied the chance to pull clear of Saracens at the top of the table.

Donald kicked Bath into a 9-6 interval lead after Evans had twice put the visitors ahead and was on target four more times in the second period.

It was the second tryless contest between the sides in the space of eight days, following Quins' 21-12 LV= Cup victory at The Stoop last week.

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Friday, 23 November 2012

RIVER WATCH - game update

Tow path currently closed at the back of the 6X (west) Stand, between North Parade and the Old Ticket Office.

All gates into ground are currently open. If collecting tickets for the game tonight, please pick up from Pulteney St ticket office.




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George Ford to Bath!?

George Ford is on the verge of leaving Leicester after becoming disillusioned with his lack of first-team chances as he competes with England's Toby Flood for the No 10 shirt.
Northampton and Bath, where Ford's father, former England defence coach Mike Ford, is on the management team, are watching the situation and may move for the 20-year-old in the January window.

Sources say Ford would rather stay at Welford Road, but only as first-choice stand-off. With Flood blocking his path and Leicester reluctant to play the man voted IRB World Junior Player of the Year 13 months ago, a final decision will be made by Ford by the end of the year.

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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Bath Rugby team to face Harlequins


15. Nick Abendanon
14. Kyle Eastmond
13. Semesa Rokoduguni
12. Matt Banahan
11. Tom Biggs
10. Stephen Donald
9. Michael Claassens
1. Charlie Beech
2. Lee Mears
3. Anthony Perenise
4. Stuart Hooper (c)
5. Dave Attwood
6. Josh Ovens
7. Guy Mercer
8. Simon Taylor

Replacements

16. Brett Sharman
17. Alan Cotter
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Dominic Day
20. Ryan Caldwell
21. Will Skuse
22. Mark McMillan
23. Jack Cuthbert


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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Does size really matter?

Now I know where most of you may of thought I was going with the title but minds out of the gutter now, the question is about the English rugby team!

Aswell as an avid Bath fan I'm also a passionate Englishman and the general rule that to play for England you must be 6'+,built like a brick outhouse and run like Usain Bolt worries me we're becoming a one directional team.

Where has the little jinky runs to find space gone? Its all crash ball running straight trying to puncture the opponent's defence. English rugby is almost starting to resemble a glorified variant of rugby league, take the tackle recycle and continue, only you get more than five tackles but eventually kick the ball away!

It's wrong to compare the two but I'm going to anyway but amateur and professional rugby are almost two different sports. The brilliance of rugby was regardless of your shape and size there was a place on the park for you. Slightly rotund you were a prop, small guy punchy slight mental disposition your a hooker (Brian Moore), big old lofty one second row, short a*** who can run through others legs was a scrum half and so on but you get the point. Whereas now normally lining up in the White shirt bearing the proud Red Rose the only one prominently still with that prowess is the scrum half.

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RFOTR - IMPORTANT DRAFT SCHEME FOR THE REC

Today members of the RFOTR Committee met with members of B&NES council who support the Bath Recreation Ground Trust Board to get a briefing on the Charity Commission Draft Scheme for the Rec. This Scheme will be put before the Trust Board at the November 29th Trust Board meeting - RFOTR members welcome to attend. On approval by the Trust Board the Charity Commission will allow 28 days for comments before finally adopting the Scheme.

Some key points of the Scheme are:

1. Resolve the breaches of the existing trusts arising from the lease to Bath Rugby Club.

2. Bath Rugby will have a new lease no longer than the expired term of the current lease. This lease will have a larger footprint in exchange for replacement land suitable for the purpose of the charity.

3. This is the Charity Commission Scheme created by them.

Information about the Draft Scheme can be found at http://democracy.bathnes.gov.uk/documents/s23220/DraftSchemeForTheRec.pdf.

Approval of this Scheme will be the final step in a long road to getting Charity Commission endorsement for, and removal of barriers to, an arrangement that will enable redevelopment on the Rec. A key last step for RFOTR members and others will be to provide positive responses back to the Charity Commission on the Draft Scheme in the period from end of Nov to end of Dec. In a week or so we will be back to members with information on how they can do this. The Rec Trust will also be producing booklets with simplified information about the Draft Scheme and how people can respond to the Charity Commission. Stay tuned!

This is all a huge step forward - after almost 15 years we are getting very close!

CONTACTS
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Monday, 19 November 2012

Heathcote added to Scotland squad

Bath Rugby fly-half Tom Heathcote has been called up to the Scotland squad in preparation for Saturday's EMC Test against Tonga.

Heathcote, who qualifies for Scotland having been born in Inverness, joined up with the squad tonight.

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson said: "Tom has worked his way into the Bath first team squad from the academy and we've been monitoring his progress for the last couple of years."

Heathcote, who was recently short-listed for the 2013 LV= Breakthrough Player Award down south, told www.scottishrugby.org: "I am delighted to be called up to the Scotland squad. I've always known I was eligible to play for Scotland and I'm grateful to be given this opportunity."

Bath Rugby First Team Coach Mike Ford commented: "This is fantastic news for Tom and the Club. His form last season, and what we've seen this season, has been very mature for his age and he has impressed a lot of people with his attitude and skill level – we are delighted for him."

The Scotland team to play Tonga will be announced in Aberdeen on Wednesday.

Source: Bath Rugby


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Saturday, 17 November 2012

MATCH REPORT: Harlequins 21 Bath Rugby 12


Bath Rugby suffered their first LV= Cup defeat at The Stoop as 15 first-half points from Ben Botica set up victory for Harlequins.

A tryless contest saw Stephen Donald kick three penalties and replacement Tom Heathcote one to keep Bath, who trailed 15-6 at the break, in touch.
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But their hopes of following up last Saturday's opening Anglo-Welsh victory over Newport Gwent Dragons were dashed by the boot of teenager Louis Grimoldby, whose brace of penalties took the game out of the visitors' reach.
Prop Anthony Perinese and replacement hooker Brett Sharman were sin-binned in the first and second half respectively for Bath, who return to Aviva Premiership action with a home game against Quins in seven days' time.

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Thursday, 15 November 2012

IMPORTANT REC TRUST MEETING NOV 29th

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Recreation Ground, Bath will be held on Thursday 29th November at 6.30pm in the Council Chamber, Bath Guildhall

The meeting will consider the next steps following consultation on the uses of the Rec and consideration by the Charity Commission. This is an important meeting and should be the announcement of the Charity Commission “Scheme” for the Rec enabling redevelopment to move ahead – AT LAST!!

It would be good if as many RFOTR members as possible could attend.

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Teams: Harlequins v Bath Rugby


15 Ollie Devoto
14 Kyle Eastmond
13 Matt Banahan
12 Ben Williams
11 Tom Biggs
10 Stephen Donald
9 Chris Cook

1 Charlie Beech
2 Lee Mears ( c )
3 Anthony Perenise
4 Dominic Day
5 Dave Attwood
6 Will Skuse
7 Guy Mercer
8 Simon Taylor

Replacements

16 Brett Sharman
17 Alan Cotter
18 Kane Palma-Newport
19 Ryan Caldwell
20 Josh Ovens
21 Michael Claassens
22 Tom Heathcote
23 Semesa Rokoduguni


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Monday, 12 November 2012

Munster prop Cotter joins Bath on short-term loan

Munster development prop Alan Cotter has joined Bath Rugby on loan from today until the end of the month.

The move is Cotter’s second stint with a Premiership side this season after his recent spell with London Irish where he played 25 minutes of rugby in each of his three games.

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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Roko runs riot as Bath Rugby slay Dragons in LV= Cup opener

Match report: BATH RUGBY 36 NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS 15

By Harry Abbott

Semesa Rokoduguni scored two tries on debut as Bath Rugby kicked off their LV= Cup campaign with a comprehensive victory over Newport Gwent Dragons.

The Fijian winger, a reconnaissance tank solider of the Royal Scots Dragoon in the British Army, was handed a full-time contract at The Rec last month after an impressive trial period and rewarded head coach Gary Gold's faith with an impressive performance against the RaboDirect Pro12 strugglers.

Fly-half Tom Heathcote also showcased his promising talents by adding 21 points with the boot in a perfect kicking display to put pressure on the under-fire Stephen Donald following last week's last-gasp Aviva Premiership defeat at London Welsh.

Heathcote got Bath on the scoreboard early with a long-range penalty but the hosts still looked asleep when Dragons got the game's first try after six minutes.

Brett Sharman's lineout throw went long and Newport pounced on possession. Pat Leach threw the ball wide to Hallam Amos and he skipped down the touchline before passing inside to Ross Wardle to charge over the whitewash. Steffan Jones added the extras.

The home side were soon awake, however, and hit back with a try of their own. Olly Woodburn won a turnover on the right, Heathcote cut through the visitors' defence and offloaded to Rokoduguni, who ran 20 metres to the line.

Heathcote split the posts with the conversion and continued to show his capabilities on his first start of the season by adding four further penalties before the break.

Jones replied with a solitary kick at goal midway through the half for Dragons but his side's task got even steeper when second row Ian Nimmo was sin-binned for a high tackle on Heathcote on the stroke of the interval.

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Friday, 9 November 2012

Bold Gold for LV

An intriguing and possibly an exciting line up announced for Bath's fixture against Newport and Gwent Dragons in the LV cup.

A bold eclectic mix of youth, experience, new and returning personnel will line up against the Dragons, and I for one really like the look of the team.

After the united fixture on bonfire night a lot of fans were hoping to see some of them feature in the LV, and Gary Gold did not disappoint. LV cup is predominantly seen as a good tournament to aid the experience of young players and help them prove their worth as a future rugbying star.

The decision to mix seasoned players is a good decision, to allow youth and enthusiasm to be steered in the direction of victory. To see Banahan and Hipkiss lining up in a centre partnering shows Bath aim to run hard and hit attacking rugby. The hype for Roko getting his first top flight start has arrived with the pairing up of Woodburn on the opposing wing, joining Heathcote, Devoto and McMillan in quite a dynamic back line.

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Bath Rugby team to face Newport Gwent Dragons

15 Ollie Devoto
14 Olly Woodburn
13 Dan Hipkiss
12 Matt Banahan
11 Semesa Rokoduguni
10 Tom Heathcote
9 Mark McMillan
1 Charlie Beech
2 Brett Sharman
3 Anthony Perenise
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Will Spencer
6 Josh Ovens
7 Guy Mercer
8 Simon Taylor

Replacements

16 Will Tanner
17 Ken Dowding
18 Kane Palma-Newport
19 Ryan Caldwell
20 Will Skuse
21 Chris Cook
22 Luke Adamson
23 Richard Lane



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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Bath Rugby First-team coach Brad Davis confident of Heineken Cup spot

First-team coach Brad Davis has backed Bath Rugby to return to the Heineken Cup next season despite their stuttering start to the current campaign.

An eighth-placed finish last term meant Bath missed out on a spot in Europe's premier competition, instead having to settle for participation in the Amlin Cup.

They have looked most convincing when playing on the continent this season and have won just half of their Aviva Premiership fixtures following Sunday's defeat at London Welsh.

Their bid to reclaim a place amongst Europe's elite now sees Bath's attentions turn to the LV= Cup, with the tournament victors handed an automatic berth into next year's Heineken Cup.

"It is another avenue for Heineken Cup qualification and I have no doubt that we will get qualification," said Davis, ahead of Bath's opener at home to Newport Gwent Dragons on Saturday (2.15pm).

"Whether it's through the Premiership, the LV= or the Amlin, we're going to get it.

"It's important for us to strive for success and have that winning mentality in whichever game we play. It's a cliche but winning breeds confidence."

Despite the frustration at not being able to rectify their Premiership form for two weeks, Davis expects Bath to return to winning ways against the Dragons.

The RaboDirect Pro 12 strugglers head to The Rec on the back of five straight defeats and have won just twice this season.

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Bath confident that Louw will stay

Bath Rugby boss Gary Gold is confident that star flanker Francois Louw will spurn offers from South Africa to re-sign with the Aviva Premiership side.

Louw is currently on international duty with the Springboks and has been named in the starting XV ahead of their match with Ireland on Saturday. The flanker also turned out during the Rugby Championship and with fellow internationals such as Francois Steyn opting to leave lucrative European-based contracts and return to South Africa, there were rumours that Louw, who is halfway through his three-year deal with Bath, would opt to do the same.

The 27-year-old flanker has been one of Bath's standout players since his switch from the Stormers ahead of the 2011-12 season and has captained the team on a number of occasions. And Gold, who is a former Springboks assistant coach, is optimistic that Louw can combine his domestic duties with his international commitments and will choose to stay at the Recreation Ground.


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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Louw to start for the Springboks

South Africa team to face Ireland
15 Zane Kirchner
14 JP Pietersen
13 Jaco Taute
12 Jean de Villiers (captain)
11 Francois Hougaard
10 Pat Lambie
9 Ruan Pienaar
8 Duane Vermeulen
7 Willem Alberts
6 Francois Louw
5 Juandré Kruger
4 Eben Etzebeth
3 Jannie du Plessis
2 Adriaan Strauss
1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements
16 Schalk Brits
17 CJ van der Linde
18 Pat Cilliers
19 Flip van der Merwe
20 Marcell Coetzee
21 Morné Steyn
22 Juan de Jongh
23 Lwazi Mvovo
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Video: LV=Cup is the chance for young talent to shine, says ex-Bath Rugby star Lewis Moody

Former Bath star Lewis Moody believes the LV=Cup represents a great chance for young talent to showcase their abilities in a competitive environment.

Retired flanker Moody, who won the competition with Leicester Tigers in 2007, is an ambassador for the Anglo-Welsh cup which is known for giving future stars their big break.

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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

The indifferent Bath.

It's safe to say the positivity amongst the Bath fans took a huge knock from the London Welsh game.

Off the back of chiefs and Agen games the Blue, Black and White faithful shared a belief that there was a strong passion and determination within the team. So what went wrong against Welsh? Bath had some good attacking phases but just seemed to lack some of the clinical prowess they had displayed of recent times. Just as they looked like scoring on several occasions an infringement would occur or Welsh would win a turnover.

For me it appeared that Bath went out with an intent to defend heavily, draw the exiles forward then kick down field to catch them on the break. An intriguing game plan, perhaps not having total faith in the team due to injury absentees. A noticeable missing link was Louw whose driven the pack on in recent fixtures, but one man should not make such a difference. For the first time this season the forwards just seemed under powered and below par.

Missing more than anything in the exchange with Welsh was the character, pride and passion that had been displayed against Chiefs. Perhaps its slightly wrong of me to carry on comparing the two games but the diverse change in beyond blatant for anybody to see. For the United fixture against Quins we were treated to some more of that dogged determination we'd been tempted with against Agen and chiefs. I had it pointed out to me by Mr Gary Gold himself they are one squad and one team, the will to win flows from the top to bottom. So the question still lends itself to what went wrong against Welsh.......complacency, Injuries, wrong game plan or it was just one of those days??? Either way It's safe to say consistency seems to be a sight miss at the moment.

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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Aviva Premiership table after round 8

Bath Rugby fall to last-gasp defeat

Bath Rugby came away from the Kassam Stadium with a losing bonus point this afternoon after Nick Scott stole a 16-9 win for London Welsh with an intercept try in the last minute of the game.

Stephen Donald and Gavin Henson exchanged early penalty misses as the game commenced, before the Welshman broke the deadlock on 10 minutes.

Bath were looking to create space to attack with centres Matt Banahan and Ben Williams combining well to bust holes in the Welsh defence. However, the home side held on and managed to re-group and keep out Michael Claassens, Guy Mercer and Tom Biggs as they launched a series of attacks on the try line.

With just under 20 minutes gone, Welsh forced their way up-field. A great covering tackle from Mercer prevented the breakaway try, but a couple of phases on and Henson extended the lead after referee Andrew Small awarded a penalty. 6-0.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Claassens considering Bath stay

Bath scrum-half Michael Claassens is considering extending his contract with the club beyond the end of this season.

The former Springbok initially joined the club back in 2007 and has settled into life in the city, making over 100 appearances for the club as well as captaining the side on numerous occasions.
Currently forming a potent half-back combination with Stephen Donald, Claassens admits he is considering whether to extend his stay in the UK for a third time, or return home to the hard grounds of South Africa and Super Rugby.

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Bath Rugby team to face London Welsh

15 Nick Abendanon
14 Kyle Eastmond
13 Matt Banahan
12 Ben Williams
11 Tom Biggs
10 Stephen Donald
9 Michael Claassens
1 Paul James
2 Lee Mears
3 Anthony Perenise
4 Dominic Day
5 Dave Attwood
6 Stuart Hooper ( c )
7 Will Skuse
8 Ben Skirving

Replacements

16 Brett Sharman
17 Charlie Beech
18 Kane Palma-Newport
19 Will Spencer
20 Guy Mercer
21 Mark McMillan
22 Sam Vesty
23 Horacio Agulla

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Bath centre Dan Hipkiss banned for one match after red card against Exeter

The 30-year-old was received two yellow cards during Bath's Aviva Premiership victory over Exeter last Saturday.

The first yellow was for a technical offence, and the second for misconduct as he interfered with the ball when it was out of play.

Hipkiss had been sin-binned when he stopped Exeter taking a quick lineout throw, prompting referee Wayne Barnes to brandish a second yellow, which meant an automatic red card.

The RFU announced that Hipkiss will be free to play again next Monday after appearing before judicial officer His Honour Judge Jeff Blackett.

The suspension means that Hipkiss will miss Bath's Premiership clash with London Welsh at the Kassam Stadium on Sunday.

Source: Sky Sports


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Bath Rugby's Nick Abendanon determined to stake England claim

Nick Abendanon is determined to put his England disappointment behind him to inspire a Bath Rugby charge up the Aviva Premiership table.

After a flying start to the season, many had expected the full-back to be included in Stuart Lancaster's squad for England's QBE internationals, which get under way with Fiji's trip to Twickenham next weekend.

He had impressed during his previous appearance in a Red Rose jersey, scoring a hat-trick for England's midweek side after being called up as injury cover for this summer's tour to South Africa.
Instead of joining club-mate Davey Wilson in heading to the national team's training camp, however, Abendanon will have to settle for a much more low-key arena this week – London Welsh's Kassam Stadium home in Oxford.

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Perenise looking to pack a punch in Bath No.3 shirt

Anthony Perenise admits it will be a tough ask to do Bath Rugby's No.3 jersey proud in David Wilson's absence, but the Samoan prop is going to give it everything he's got.

Bath have been enjoying themselves so far this Aviva Premiership season, currently sitting sixth in the table following a 23-15 West Country derby win over Exeter Chiefs.

But continuing their 34-year unbeaten run over the Chiefs wasn't a straight forward affair, Exeter fighting back only for a Stephen Donald penalty to effectively settle things.

Prop Perenise entered the fray with 24 minutes remaining but, with both sides looking for a bonus point, he ended up playing over half an hour - good practice for things to come.

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Matt Banahan back for Bath Rugby but Francois Louw faces fresh fitness battle

Matt Banahan’s return from injury has given Bath Rugby a big boost as they look to make it back-to-back Aviva Premiership wins for the first time since early September.

That is also when the giant centre last played, having been sidelined since damaging his right knee on the way to a home win over Wasps in round two.

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Sunday, 28 October 2012

Moving in the right direction. - Bath Bytes

I sense the positivity is returning to the stands of the Rec. The game against Agen and Chiefs are to thank for this.

With the forwards playing as such a tight unit and powerful, winning ball enabling the backs to spread it wide and release the fast duo on the wings. It now feels to many as Gary Gold's plans he spoke of are now starting to fall into place. I'm not saying that Bath have become the polished complete package, but its now evident how far forward they've moved on from the early few rounds of the Aviva Premiership.

The second half against Agen showed the move forward in development of the squad and how they have become a 'team' not a squad of individuals. To grind out an away win in France, which in no mean feat, showed heart and character in the team.

The first half against Exeter especially the first 20 minutes was so clinical and relentless tearing the Chiefs apart. The second half saw Bath rocked back on the back foot but defensively saw them withstand a pounding making over 100 tackles in the second half. A half that goes on for 54 minutes seeing two teams who just know the importance of the bonus points showed true character and what this fixture meant to them, basically what a true epic battle from both tribes.

Exeter are know as a team not full of individuals but a team who play together and I felt Bath were on a par with them in those steaks, plus the added bonus of the individuals flair.

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Aviva Premiership table after 7 rounds...

Bath Rugby V Exeter - all the match reaction

Bath 23 Exeter Chiefs 15: match report

Former England centre Dan Hipkiss will be relieved that his moment of madness did not prevent Bath from preserving their 34 year unbeaten record their South West rivals.
Hipkiss was sent off after 73 minutes while he was in the sin bin after he prevented Exeter’s Phil Dollman from gathering Stephen Donald’s kick by leaving his seat and palming the ball into the crowd.

It was Hipkiss’s second yellow card offence in six minutes and left referee Wayne Barnes with no option but to issue an automatic red card.

It also forced Bath to play the last seven minutes of a frenetic encounter with 14 men but Exeter could not capitalise. Their attempts to batter Bath into submission were resisted and Stephen Donald sealed the win with a nerveless penalty a minute from time.
Exeter could not salvage a losing bonus point from an error-riddled performance as Ignacio Mieres hooked an injury-time penalty and they never really recovered from conceding to tries in the first 14 minutes when Bath, inspired by the elusive Nick Abendanon and the direct approach of Francois Louw, were dominant.

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Bath sweating over injuries suffered by Davey Wilson and Francois Louw

Bath head coach Gary Gold was delighted to see his side hold on for a 23-15 victory over Exeter at the Rec.

The hosts led 15-5 at half time but were forced to withstand a tremendous second-half fightback from the Chiefs, who failed to even pick up a losing bonus point for their efforts due to a late missed penalty.

Tries from Ben Williams, Kyle Eastmond, who both crossed before the break, and Francois Louw proved enough for Bath, even though they had Dan Hipkiss red-carded with seven minutes to play in a see-saw contest.

"I'm very proud of the character we showed but not so much of certain aspects of the way we played in the second half, such as the penalty count," Gold said.

"We'll take that win against a team of that quality though. We've got massive respect for Exeter. They're one of the toughest opponents we've played this season."

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Friday, 26 October 2012

Army star joins Bath Rugby

Semesa Rokoduguni has signed a full time contract with Bath Rugby, the Club can today confirm.

Rokoduguni, a reconnaissance tank soldier of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in the British Army, has impressed during a trial period with the Club, scoring tries on both his appearances with Bath United and being relentless in defence.

He has two caps for the Army, scoring four tries against the Royal Air Force and a hat-trick against the Royal Navy at Twickenham in the more recent, which ensured he was awarded man of the match.

The Fijian is a strong presence in the back line, and will add great strength in depth to the Bath squad.

Gary Gold, Head Coach, commented: "Roko really caught the eye playing for the Army at Twickenham earlier in the year, and continued to do so when he came on trial with us. He's worked hard throughout his time with the Army, but has the desire to play professional rugby and we believe he has the ability to do so. He is strong, quick, and very committed, both during games and training, and we're looking forward to having him in the squad."

Source: Bathrugby.com

“We’ll have to dominate up front if we want to beat Exeter,” – Neal Hatley

Bath return to Premiership duties with a mouth-watering West Country derby against Exeter at The Rec tomorrow.

For forwards coach Neal Hatley, the battle up front will be key against on the best pack in the league.

He told The Rugby Paper: “If we have any aspiration of winning, there is no doubt we’ll have to come on top in those forwards exchanges.

“They pride themselves on their set piece and they are one of the top sides at the breakdown. They work really hard whether it is to slow you down or produce quick ball for themselves.

“Despite two very good displays, they were very unlucky against Leinster and Clermont so they’ll go out to make amends tomorrow. We’ll have to be ready for the battle.”

Bath struggled with consistency in the Premiership but go into the game on the back of two bonus-point wins away from home in the Amlin Cup.

Last week, they trailed Agen all game but managed to clinch a 27-22 win with a try on the siren from Francois Louw.

Even though the moral is high, Hatley is adamant they are aware of the challenge that lies ahead.

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Bath Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs

Bath welcome derby rivals Exeter Chiefs to the Recreation Ground on Saturday, kick-off 14.30

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Kyle Eastmond
13. Dan Hipkiss
12. Ben Williams
11. Tom Biggs
10. Stephen Donald
9. Michael Claassens
1. Paul James
2. Lee Mears
3. David Wilson
4. Dominic Day
5. Dave Attwood
6. Carl Fearns
7. Francois Louw (c)
8. Ben Skirving

Replacements

16. Brett Sharman
17. Nathan Catt
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Stuart Hooper
20. Will Skuse
21. Mark McMillan
22. Sam Vesty
23. Horacio Agulla

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Congrats to Davey Wilson...

Named in the England squad for this Autumns internationals...

England squad: Mouritz Botha (Saracens), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), James Haskell (London Wasps), Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby), Tom Palmer (London Wasps), Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers) , Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers), David Wilson (Bath Rugby), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints), Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers), Anthony Allen (Leicester Tigers), Chris Ashton (Saracens), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Mike Brown (Harlequins) , Danny Care (Harlequins), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers), Alex Goode (Saracens), Jonathan Joseph (London Irish), Ugo Monye (Harlequins), Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby), Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby

Summer signing Horacio Agulla says Bath Rugby's acceptance of his international commitments was the conclusive factor in his decision to head to The Rec.

With the Rugby Championship heavily restricting the Argentine winger's involvement at club level, previous side Leicester Tigers opted not to renew his contract at the end of last season.


New Bath head coach Gary Gold was quick to secure the 28-year-old's services, with Agulla grateful for Bath's backing following his arrival at the club last week – four months after first agreeing to join.

"I always wanted to stay in the Premiership," said Agulla, who arrived at Welford Road in 2010 from French outfit Brive. "I enjoy playing my rugby here and like it more than the Top 14.

"Leicester didn't want me to stay because of the Championship but then they said yes then no many times.

"When I had the option to join Bath and heard they were interested in me and didn't mind that I would be away I was really thankful.

"It is not easy for an Argentina player to find a club at the moment but they trusted me and my game.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Claassens insists Bath Rugby's time is now

In five years at the Rec Michael Claassens has seen a lot of changes - now he admits it's time for the latest incarnation of Bath to prove they can be more than mid-table scrappers.

Currently seventh in the league, Bath welcome sixth-placed Exeter Chiefs this weekend in their return to Aviva Premiership action knowing that anything but a win could see them cut adrift in the race for a top four spot.
Capped eight times by the Springboks, Claassens is now the longest-serving South African at Bath with more and more compatriots joining him in recent seasons.

Top of that list is head coach Gary Gold and Claassens admits he is relishing finally getting the chance to work with Gold.

He said: "I'd heard a lot about Gary but I didn't know him from my time back home so it's great to now have had the chance to work with him.

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It's official - Koster signs for Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby are very pleased to confirm they have signed 23 year old back row Nick Koster from Western Province.

An impressive and pacey young player, Nick has represented Western Province since the 2008 season. He made his Super 14 debut in 2009 on the wing, but has since reverted to his traditional position in the back row.

At 6ft 4in, Nick is an imposing figure and has represented South Africa at all age group levels. Quick, strong and brave, he will add an extra dimension to the Club's talented back row.

Speaking of the signing, Bath Head Coach, Gary Gold, said: "Nick is a very exciting young player and we are delighted that he has agreed to move to Bath. He is a hard-working, incredibly motivated guy, and we are sure he will fit in with the Club ethos we are developing. We have a very talented and competitive back row at present, and Nick knows he will have to fight for his place, but he is up for the challenge and we can't wait to see the results."

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Are Bath becoming rugby's version of Liverpool?

Growing up as a Bath supporter I was gifted to watch what can only be described at their 'glory years'. This as a fan was a superb time for me and other followers. Through the 80's and early 90's Bath were simply the dominant force in England. Between 1984 and 1996 only '88 and '91 eluded a clean sweep of John player/Pilkington cup victories, backed up by league champions of the league six times between 1988/89 and 1995/96. The strongest year was 1993/94 when league, cup and Middlesex sevens victory saw them to be the ultimate team.

With Bath being run ultimately as a professional team in an amateur era saw their dominance shine, as the man who masterminded their success Jack Rowell leave to take on the England job it signalled the start of the end of Bath's superiority. Rowell left in 1995 and the sport turned fully professional in 1996, the rest of the chasing pack suddenly were catching them up. The 1995/96 season saw Bath's last double and the 1997/98 saw them become the first British club to become European champions beating Brive 19-18 winning the Heineken cup.

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Monday, 22 October 2012

Bath United team to face London Welsh A

15. Ollie Devoto
14. Olly Woodburn
13. Sam Vesty
12. Luke Adamson
11. Horacio Agulla
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Mark McMillan
1. Charlie Beech
2. Will Tanner
3. Kane Palma-Newport
4. Jake Oldaker
5. Freddie Clarke
6. James Tyas
7. Guy Mercer
8. Joe Buckle

Replacements

16. Jake Fields
17. Tom Dunn
18. Adam Jamieson
19. Tom Baldwin
20. Josh Ovens
21. Chris Cook
22. JJ Kilmartin
23. Richard Lane

London Welsh A v Bath United - kick-off 19.30

Saturday, 20 October 2012

It was never my ambition to become a Hooker!

I've recently been asked to read and review a book, an honour for me to do as what a book it was as well.

Neil Clark's ' It was never my ambition to become a Hooker' was actually quiet an enlightening piece of scripture, and also quite a gripping tale......its Not all just about rugby. The book runs through the Hookers time at Exeter, Bristol, Bath and Cornish All Blacks then once again back to Exeter and now celebrating his testimonial year with the Cheifs.

A very frank, open and very honest account of his life. A forward for the book written by another renowned Hooker Mark Regan gives a tiny insight into Neil's life but not a scratch on his own version.

The book begins with the players perspective of the second fixture of the Exeter v Bristol championship promotion final. We're given a behind the scenes view of the fixture- before, during and the celebrations of their victorious promotion.

Once the opening chapter is done the book flips back to his childhood. This for me was the truly gritty part as its somebodies childhood who shapes the man they become, and what a topsy-turvey time he had.

A long move when young to the parental issues that can only be described as unbelievable. What he witnessed and went through as a child would of broken many a child's spirit. Luckily through the passage of his story he was gifted with meeting some people who saw good in this tearaway. For all of his wrong doings and mistermeaners there was people who saw good and helped him turn his life around.

He was a late comer to rugby but eventually came to the realisation this was the pathway for him, turning his back on his beloved surfing.

As the book progresses we hear of his physical and personal development. He met some fantastic connections in the game and became passionate to make it his life.

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Friday, 19 October 2012

Agen were a tough nut to crack, admits relieved Davis

Coming away from Agen with a 27-22 win and a four-try bonus point was all the Bath coaching team could wish from their Amlin excursion to south west France.

Clinching the victory with a Francois Louw try in the finalminute which needed the television match official's approval was less convincing, along with a first-half performance littered with missed tackles and misplaced kicks.
Always fighting a fiercely swirling wind, which the locals claimed had blown in from the Sahara, Bath's kicking from hand in the first half was often too long, giving easy possession to the home side. Being behind 10-8 at the break concentrated the mind wonderfully for a second 40 performance which was much more controlled, even if it took until the last second to seal the win.

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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Bath Rugby team to face SU Agen

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Kyle Eastmond
13. Dan Hipkiss
12. Ben Williams
11. Tom Biggs
10. Stephen Donald
9. Michael Claassens
1. Paul James
2. Lee Mears
3. David Wilson
4. Dominic Day
5. Dave Attwood
6. Francois Louw ( c )
7. Will Skuse
8. Ben Skirving

Replacements

16. Will Tanner
17. Nathan Catt
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Guy Mercer
20. Josh Ovens
21. Mark McMillan
22. Sam Vesty
23. Olly Woodburn

Amlin part 1- It may not be the Heineken but let's win this baby!!

Quite noticeably the fixture list for Bath Rugby this season will be missing the Heineken cup, a loss that will sadden many a supporter.......but At least there's the Amlin Challenge Cup. It may not be top flight European rugby but it still means the Blue, Black and White roaming army can flit off to foreign climes for hope of some European victory.

So who will Bath be facing in this fresh challenge- Agen, Bucharest Wolves and Cammi Rubgy Calvisano.

After a loss to local rivals Gloucester in the premiership Bath wanted to return to winning ways and show what they are really about this season. A two week premiership break lay ahead in which they were going to have a little European wander.
Their first fixture sees them off for a nifty little jaunt of 1730miles to Bucharest in Romania to play their team the Wolves. A little bit of an unknown quantity, so how much resistance will they show Bath?

Vesty honoured with the duties of the boot started the ball rolling in the first minute, starting how he meant to go on by taking an early three points. A show of dominant play ensued for Bath and Vesty added a further three to the board 12 minutes in.

Ollie Devoto gifted with his first start to Bath nailed a penalty kick into touch well into Wolves territory putting Bath firmly on the front foot. A well taken lineout saw the ball swiftly distributed through the hands (it can be done) finally ending in the hand of young Will Spencer who obliged in scoring Bath's first try. With Vesty adding the extra two points Bath were 0-13 to the good 23 minutes in to the game.

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Bath to use Eastmond at fly-half

Bath boss Gary Gold could use Kyle Eastmond at fly-half after the former rugby league star excelled in the role in their Amlin Challenge Cup clash with Bucuresti on Saturday.

Eastmond has been turning out on the wing for Bath and has made nine appearances in the Premiership and scored two tries to date. Standing at just 5'7" he's already drawn comparisons with former England great Jason Robinson but rather than staying out on the wings or at fullback like the ex-Sale player, Eastmond could be used in the thick of it at fly-half, according to Gold.

Eastmond came on as a second-half replacement for Jack Cuthbert in Bath's win and Gold was impressed by his showing at fly-half. "He wanted an opportunity in a less-pressurised situation to see how he goes and he was very good," Gold told the BBC. "It's a weapon we are investigating a little bit further."

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Sunday, 14 October 2012

David Flatman: Unlike that bloke Armstrong, I once failed a drugs test

Hang on a minute; let me add some context to this headline before you damn me as the next Lance Armstrong. What I am about to describe is a week so dreadful that a failed drugs test will seem insignificant. Yes, a letter written entirely in French landed in my pigeon hole and yes, I had to have Thomas Castaignède translate it for me but, to be honest, by that point I had resigned myself to a career in the shadows anyway.
It all began one crisp Monday morning as I rolled into camp with the England A squad for a match against France A. It was a big game, so the lead-up was crucial. "Passports please," said the team manager, and this is where it all started. By Wednesday afternoon, and against all odds, I had a new passport. Sadly, to achieve this I had to miss every training session and tactical briefing. The fact that my original passport dropped out of my wash bag (where I had placed it so as not to lose it) as I packed for the airport is something I have kept a secret from all but my dog. Let's call it an exclusive.

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Tom Bradshaw: Schedule has done Bath no favours

Spare a thought over the next few days for Bath's rugby operations manager, Dave Guyan. In what is no doubt proving to be a logistical nightmare, Bath play two different continental sides in the space of five days.

Bath's opening two rounds of the Amlin Cup will see them zig-zag around Europe as though on a very ambitious tour.

It's Bucharest on Saturday, followed by Agen in France in Thursday. It must have been tempting to fit in a bit of central European sightseeing in the intervening few days, but it will be back to Bath straight after the Bucharest match before flying out to Agen midweek.

This fixture schedule is not ideal for Bath. I doubt it was on the agenda when European rugby chiefs met in Rome on Monday, but this cramped planning does not do European rugby's second-tier competition any favours.

Rugby coaches do not like short turnarounds. A match every seven days is fine; if they see a six-day gap they start to frown; a five-day turnaround is likely to bring on the sweats.

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Bath Rugby start European campaign with bonus point win

Bath Rugby started their Amlin Challenge Cup campaign with a five try bonus point win over Bucharest Wolves, final score 17-40.

Fullback Sam Vesty secured an early lead for Bath inside the first minute with a well struck penalty. It was a lead he doubled on the 12th minute, after the home side were found guilty of pulling down a strong driving maul from the visitors. 0-6

Bath dominated the early exchanges, and whilst Vesty missed with his third penalty attempt, it wasn't long before they had their first try of the match.

Ollie Devoto, on his first start for the Club, kicked for the corner from a penalty, and a well taken lineout saw the ball moved quickly through the hands in the Bucharest 22. It eventually found Academy lock Will Spencer who powered over from short range. Vesty's conversion was good, extending the lead to 0-13 after 23 minutes.

Bucharest had barely made it out of their own half in the opening stages, and it went from bad to worse for the Romanian side as prop Flavius Dobre saw yellow after the referee's impatience ran out with the persistent indiscipline. Vesty was once more on target with the resulting penalty. 0-16.

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Friday, 12 October 2012

Bath Rugby team to face Bucharest Wolves

15 Sam Vesty
14 Olly Woodburn
13 Jack Cuthbert
12 Ben Williams
11 Tom Biggs
10 Ollie Devoto
9 Mark McMillan
1 Nathan Catt
2 Ross Batty
3 Anthony Perenise
4 Will Spencer
5 Dave Attwood
6 Ben Skirving ( c )
7 Guy Mercer
8 Will Skuse

Replacements:

16 Brett Sharman
17 Charlie Beech
18 Kane Palma-Newport
19 Dominic Day
20 Francois Louw
21 Chris Cook
22 Kyle Eastmond
23 Nick Abendanon

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Bath Rugby on TV

Confirmed by Premier Rugby today...

Round 10

Friday 30th November 19:45 Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints Salford City Stadium ESPN

Saturday 1st December 12:30 Leicester Tigers v Bath Rugby Welford Road ESPN

Sunday 2nd December 15:00 Saracens v Gloucester Rugby Vicarage Road Sky

Round 11

Saturday 22nd December 13:15 Bath Rugby v Saracens The Rec ESPN

Saturday 22nd December 15:15 Northampton Saints v Harlequins Franklin's Gardens Sky

Sunday 23rd December 14:00 London Wasps v Sale Sharks Adams Park ESPN

Round 12

Saturday 29th December 14:15 Harlequins v London Irish Twickenham Stadium ESPN

Saturday 29th December 17:00 Leicester Tigers v Gloucester Rugby Welford Road Sky

Sunday 30th December 14:15 Saracens v Northampton Saints Stadium MK ESPN

Round 13

Friday 4th January 20:00 Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers Sixways ESPN

Saturday 5th January 15:00 Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints Sandy Park Sky

Sunday 6th January 15:00 London Wasps v Bath Rugby Adams Park Sky

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Vesty happy to be Bath Rugby's man for all seasons

Versatility is as much a curse as it is a blessing but Bath Rugby's Sam Vesty insists he is happy to fill in wherever required for Gary Gold's side.


The 30-year-old made his first start for the West Country club in the 16-10 Aviva Premiership defeat to Gloucester Rugby last weekend at Kingsholm, slotting in at inside centre.
However the former Leicester Tigers utility back is equally at home at fly-half or full-back and is adamant that as long as he is playing he doesn't mind where he starts.

And he admits that the departure of teammate Olly Barkley to Racing Métro means that he will have to step up in the Bath backline.

He said: "I'm happy to play wherever for Bath. I know there are some guys who think they should stick to playing one position and only want to play there but I've always been happy wherever I start.

"I can play at fly-half, inside centre or full-back I really don't mind.

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Bath welcome arrival of Argentina wing Horacio Agulla

Bath coach Toby Booth says the arrival of winger Horacio Agulla will bring "positive pressure" to the squad.
Agulla, 27, agreed a move in the summer but has yet to make his debut because of his international commitments with Argentina in the Rugby Championship.
The former Leicester man arrives in Bath next week and will add depth to the back line which already boasts in-form wings Tom Biggs and Kyle Eastmond.
"It will provide us with a much-needed boost," Booth told BBC Radio Bristol.
"We need to bolster our squad size and numbers as we're a little bit thin.

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Sunday, 7 October 2012

Bath surrender ten-point lead in fifth straight derby defeat

MATCH REPORT: Gloucester 16 Bath Rugby 10

Resurgent Gloucester overturned a ten-point deficit to register their fifth straight West Country derby victory over Bath Rugby.

When All Blacks World Cup winner Stephen Donald ghosted through a non-existent defence for a try after just one minute, Kingsholm was stupefied.

It was not just that Donald try that had Gloucester on the rocks from the off – the Cherry and Whites had no forward power, no phase play – and for the first time they were smashed backwards in the scrum.

The first-up midfield defence continues to pose Gloucester problems, as shown by that soft Donald try.

Nick Abendanon knocked on with the tryline at his mercy after Kyle Eastmond had sneaked in behind James Simpson-Daniel.

Donald’s penalty extended the lead to 10-0, and that’s how it stayed until the half-hour.

Gloucester found something resembling their feet, and Freddie Burns was able to slot two penalties in as many minutes to cut the deficit to four points.

Turning around within a score after a horror-show half, Gloucester will definitely have wiped their brow in relief.

And when the teams returned, Gloucester struck the right chords.

Burns could not convert a penalty chance six minutes into the second period, but the unfazed home side sustained their pressure.

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Friday, 5 October 2012

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT! - RFOTR

At yesterday’s (Oct 4th) Bath Recreation Ground Trust meeting David Dixon (Councillor - Chair of the Trust) made a brief but highly significant announcement. The Charity Commission (CC) will soon publish their ‘Scheme’ for the Recreation Ground (Rec) which will deal with land use at the Rec. There will then be a statutory notice period of 28 days within which people can send comments into the CC. This will not be a consultation like the one 18 months ago, as this time free form comments will go directly to the CC. When the ‘Scheme’ is published there will be a special Recreation Ground Trust meeting when the Trust will announce their plans to publicise the ‘Scheme’ and outline how people can send comments into the CC. The Recreation Ground Trust will also respond to questions about the CC ‘Scheme’.

This is very positive news as once the 28 day statutory notice period has passed, and should the CC finally adopt the ‘Scheme', the way will be clear for planning applications to be submitted for development on the Rec. We will, of course, let RFOTR members know how and when they can submit their comments to the CC. It is expected that this will be before the end of the year.

Significantly, members should also be aware that the outcome of the consultation that took place 18 months ago was key in getting the Charity Commission to move ahead with a ‘Scheme’ for land use on the Rec.

We are moving steadily forward in enabling the Rec to become a great venue for ‘All Sports for All People’!

CONTACTS
You can contact the Executive Committee via email at contact@realfriendsoftherec.co.uk

Real Friends Of The Rec

Bath Rugby team to face Glaws tomorrow

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Kyle Eastmond
13. Dan Hipkiss
12. Sam Vesty
11. Tom Biggs
10. Stephen Donald
9. Michael Claassens

1. Paul James
2. Lee Mears ( c )
3. Davey Wilson
4. Dominic Day
5. Dave Attwood
6. Carl Fearns
7. Ben Skirving
8. Simon Taylor

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Will Spencer
20. Will Skuse
21. Mark McMillan
22. Ollie Devoto
23. Jack Cuthbert

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Bath Rugby Club: Rec land swap deal gets 'thumbs up'

An announcement over a significant land-swap deal is due to be made later, enabling the expansion of Bath Rugby Club.

The BBC understands the Recreation Ground Trust has given a "thumbs up in principle" for the proposal.

The swap involves Bath Rugby Club giving up its former training ground in Lambridge in exchange for a bigger part of the recreation ground.

If the deal is made, permission will be needed from the Charity Commission.

Planning application
The Charity Commission will then begin a 28-day public consultation before making its final decision.

If the commission agrees the plans are in the best interests of the trust, then a planning application will be submitted to Bath and North East Somerset Council.

The area currently occupied by the rugby club takes up just over a quarter of the total space at the Rec.

Previous plans by the club to redevelop the ground were turned down by the Charity Commission in 2009.

A meeting is due to be held by the Recreation Ground Trust at 18.30 BST.

Source: BBC

This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby

Olly Barkley thanked Bath Rugby fans for their 'unconditional' backing after playing his last game for his hometown club on Saturday.

The France-bound back was presented with an engraved blue glass rugby ball by the Bath Rugby Supporters' Club following the win over Sale Sharks to recognise Barkley's status as a fans' favourite.

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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Bath Rugby sign Nick Koster?

...from the rumour mill!

Nick Koster

Position: Loose Forward
Physical: 1.93m, 110kg
Born: 22 February 1989, Robertson
Province: WP
WP Caps: 32
WP Points: 35(7)
WP Debut: 2008 v Boland
Stormers Caps: 19
Stormers Points: 10(2)
Stormers Debut: 2009 v The Sharks

Big, strong, quick and with excellent ball skills, Nick has all the attributes of a top quality loose forward. Despite his young age Nick already has significant senior and Super Rugby experience. Nick will be looking to continue his rapid rise and will be competing for a place amongst some world class loose forwards.

Profile source: Stormers Website

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Five try Bath United see off London Irish

A dominant Bath United put five tries past London Irish this evening to secure their second bonus point win in the Aviva A League in as many weeks.

Tries from Guy Mercer, Ollie Devoto, Will Skuse, Chris Cook and Semesa Rokoduguni, in addition to 12 points from Devoto's boot proved too much for Irish, who could only manage one converted try for fullback Foster Horan in response.

Source: Bath Rugby

Monday, 1 October 2012

Bath victory as Barkley sets Sale for France

After the poor performance from Bath last week against London Irish everybody was hoping for a good win against Sale, especially to give Olly Barkley a farewell to remember.

Many will disagree with me but I left the Rec feeling positive about Bath's performance. There was signs that intention of the game plan was starting to take shape.
Yes some kicks were fruitless and poorly executed, but quite a few were lofted high giving the players to Chase down and add pressure. In the first half Biggs executed this brilliantly nearly forcing the player into touch he inturn threw the ball wildly back in field to bobble into the hands of an oncoming Donald, sadly Sale managed to halt his progress.

At times there was an air of frustration when Bath's back line took the ball and on several occasions instead of releasing either Biggs or Eastmond opted to dink through for them to Chase. In that situation isn't ball in hand in more secure than chasing an oval bobbling ball? I understand when facing a flat heavy defence it could be a good option, but a one-on-one with the dancing feet of Kyle 'Michael Flatly' Eastmond I know where my money would lying.

Yes the game was at times a little scrappy but a fan I saw the improvements were there to be seen. For some they require perfection and the point Sale are yet to win a fixture could be passed, I'm pretty sure as a fan a 21 point victory regardless of who it is is a positive step to take away from the game?

Hipkiss tackled like a man possessed even if he was seeming mildly concussed at one period, one concern was the huge hit he did make may see him up against the citing committee again. He may of received his man of the match award but me personally saw a man with a stronger performance and he scored! Stand up and take the plaudits Davey Wilson. Every breakdown he was there and on the ball he was like a rampaging bull, which is what lead to his try, a move he started and finished.
As all Bath fans may wonder and pose the question......why is Biggs not in the English set up? Between him and Wade there is only one victor. Rugbying abilities its hands down Tom Biggs all the way. When he unleashed a tackle that made everybody in the Rec's bones crack its true proof this guy is more than just a speedster. To take a lose pass From Barkley and chip and Chase down the wing taking Play 60/70m down the park and force Sale into conceding a penalty is another display of his insight on how to read the game move it forward when you as an individual aren't receiving much ball. So Mr Lancaster please take note get Biggs sporting the Red Rose on his chest.

Everybody knew it would be an emotional send off for Barks and this would be the case. He played with his normal kicking continuity and even passed a lot more than kicked. And what a dream finish it must of been by scoring the last kick if the match and his last appearance in the Blue, Black and white colours.His heartfelt speech at the end showed he's not just a Bath player but also a Bath supporter. You could sense the teams loss with the unified lap of honour finishing with the squad bringing him home with a guard of honour clapping through the tunnel. Mr Barkley you may be gone but won't be forgotten!

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