Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Bath Rugby sign Rob Webber

Talented hooker Rob Webber has signed a three year contract with Bath Rugby, the Club are delighted to announce.

Webber, who was recently selected for the England Elite Player Squad, will join the West Country club in the summer, moving from London Wasps.



Monday, 30 January 2012

Great news! - Abendanon re-commits to Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby are thrilled to announce that fullback Nick Abendanon has signed on for a further three years with the West Country club.

A very dangerous attacking player capable of opening up the tightest modern defences, Nick has established himself as an outstanding full-back with his committed, consistent performances, highlighted by the fact he has been voted the Players' Player of the Year for the last three seasons.



Sunday, 29 January 2012

Banners in England squad

Leicester Tigers No.8 Thomas Waldrom and Bath winger Matt Banahan have been added to the England training squad ahead of their Six Nations opener against Scotland next Saturday.

Banahan earns a promotion after Gloucester's Henry Trinder, who was also providing temporary injury cover, was struck down with an ankle injury during his side's Anglo-Welsh Cup victory over Cardiff Blues on Saturday.



McGeechan hails Bath attitude

Director of rugby Sir Ian McGeechan confessed the intricacies of the LV= Cup qualification system are beyond him after Bath beat Northampton.

Astonishingly, Bath have scored 46 points in each of their three LV= games, running in five tries against the Saints who, despite the 46-14 loss, remained in the mix themselves.

McGeechan, whose side are 10th in the Aviva Premiership, said: "However they work the LV, we must be close to that semi-final."



Bath flanker Francois Louw hopes Bath's long wait for cup success may be over after crushing win over Northampton

Francois Louw may be a newcomer to Bath but the South Africa flanker is aware of the burden of expectation at the club which the players have to shoulder.

Bath have not won a domestic title since they lifted the cup for the 10th time in 13 seasons in 1996, but an emphatic 46-14 win against depleted Northampton at The Rec on Saturday suggested that the wait might soon be over. “Bath are a world-renowned club,” said Louw. “The season has not gone well but this game showed what we can bring to the table.”



Bath Rugby's LV Cup group updated...

After Sarries picked up 5 points today, Bath have to get at least 1 point from next weeks game against the Chiefs to guarantee progress to the semi-finals!


Olly Barkley speaks to Nick Heath after scoring 21 pts in Bath's LV=Cup win over Northampton

Listen now...


Saturday, 28 January 2012

Bath Rugby captain Stuart Hooper suffers more injury woe

Bath Rugby skipper Stuart Hooper could face another lengthy spell on the sidelines after being forced off with an eye-socket injury just 28 minutes into his comeback game.

Hooper, who was captaining the side for the first time since recovering from a broken wrist, suffered the injury while making a tackle.


Bath Rugby continue strong run in LV= Cup with bonus-point win over Northampton Saints

Bath Rugby 46, Northampton Saints 14

Bath Rugby put themselves in the box seat for a home LV= Cup semi-final with a bonus-point thrashing of Northampton.

Bath's Heineken Cup disappointment was swiftly put to one side as they made it 15 championship points out of 15 in Pool One.

Today's demolition job means Bath are, in practice, through to the semi-finals of the LV= Cup. Although pool rivals Saracens – on five points but with a game in hand – can theoretically catch them, the London side will need to score so many tries in both tomorrow's game and in next weekend's pool-stage finale as to make them rank outsiders.


Friday, 27 January 2012

Bath Rugby team to face Northampton Saints

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Olly Woodburn
13. Sam Vesty
12. Olly Barkley
11. Tom Biggs
10. Stephen Donald
9. Michael Claassens
1. David Flatman
2. Ross Batty
3. Anthony Perenise
4. Stuart Hooper (c)
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Ben Skirving
7. Francois Louw
8. Simon Taylor


16. Lee Mears
17. Charlie Beech
18. Duncan Bell
19. Will Spencer
20. Guy Mercer
21. Chris Cook
22. Tom Heathcote
23. Nick Scott

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Joe Simpson to sign for Bath Rugby!?

According to a French source Bath Rugby are looking to sign Joe Simpson from London Wasps.

Using Google Translate (from the website http://www.rugby-transferts.com/) reads:

Looking for a scrum-half from major to succeed Michael Claassens, Bath is about to hire a half of mixed English-present at the last World Cup.

Indeed, Joe Simpson, the mahout of London Wasps, could soon sign and thereby form a hinge attractive on paper with the former All Black Stephen Donald.

This Weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby

Martin Haag insists Bath will not be taking the LV= Cup lightly over the next two weekends as they look to nail down a home semi-final spot.
Bath are in pole position in Pool One after racking up bonus-point victories over Worcester and Newport Gwent Dragons in their opening two matches back in October.
A return of six points from Saturday's home clash with Northampton (2.30pm) and the trip to Exeter Chiefs of Sunday week will be good enough to see off the challenge of second-placed Saracens and book a place in the last four.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Bristol sign Bath prop Mark Lilley

Bristol have signed Bath prop Mark Lilley until the end of the season.

The 24-year-old will be dual registered with his parent club, where he made his debut in 2009.


Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Rail engineering work – Saturday 28th January

Bath Rugby have been advised by First Great Western that there will be extensive engineering work around Bath Spa Train Station on Saturday 28th January when we play Northampton Saints in the LV=Cup, kick off 2:30pm.

As from 8:10pm, there will be no trains running through Bath Spa. This block will continue throughout Sunday 29th January. This arrangement has been necessary to ensure critical track work can be carried out.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Aviva Premiership Rugby televised fixtures confirmed

Round 18

Saturday 24 March – Harlequins v Bath Rugby – Twickenham Stoop (14.15) – ESPN

Saturday 24 March – Northampton Saints v London Wasps – Franklin's Gardens (17.45) – Sky Sports

Sunday 25 March – London Irish v Leicester Tigers – Madejski Stadium (15.00) – ESPN

Round 19

Friday 30 March – Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors – Welford Road (19.45) – ESPN

Saturday 31 March – Saracens v Harlequins – Wembley Stadium (15.00) – Sky Sports

Saturday 31 March – Bath Rugby v Northampton Saints – Recreation Ground (17.30) - ESPN

Round 20

Friday 13 April – Sale Sharks v Bath Rugby – Edgeley Park (19.45) – Sky Sports

Saturday 14 April – Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers – Franklin's Gardens (14.15) – ESPN

Saturday 14 April – Harlequins v London Wasps – Twickenham Stoop (16.30) – ESPN

Live televised fixtures for Round 21 will be announced shortly.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

David Flatman: Please dispose of us carefully when recycling

For many players, once the real world returns to focus after the obligatory New Year's celebrations, January is uncomfortable.

Not, as you might expect, because of the nasty weather making their little legs all cold and goose pimply, and not because of impending tax returns. No, for the unfortunate few, January lands bang in the middle of contract negotiations.


McGeechan lauds forwards

Bath rugby director Sir Ian McGeechan saluted a "tremendous" forward effort after his front five's dominance laid the foundations for their 23-18 Heineken Cup victory over Glasgow at The Rec.

Bath's Pool Three campaign has proved to be a disappointment, with back-to-back defeats to Leinster effectively ending their European aspirations before Christmas, but they at least managed to finish the pool on a high as two late Olly Barkley penalties helped them stave off a brave Glasgow fightback.


Saturday, 21 January 2012

Pool 4 Heineken Cup final standings...

Bath Rugby hold on to clinch victory over Glasgow

Bath Rugby finished their Heineken Cup campaign on a high as they held on to see off Glasgow Warriors at the Recreation Ground – Final score – Bath Rugby 23 Glasgow Warriors 18.


Friday, 20 January 2012

Bath Rugby team to face Glasgow Warriors

15. Jack Cuthbert
14. Matt Carraro
13. Olly Barkley
12. Matt Banahan
11. Tom Biggs
10. Stephen Donald
9. Chris Cook
1. Charlie Beech
2. Pieter Dixon
3. David Wilson
4. Dave Attwood
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Andy Beattie ( c )
7. Guy Mercer
8. Ben Skirving


16. Lee Mears
17. David Flatman
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Francois Louw
20. Simon Taylor
21. Michael Claassens
22. Tom Heathcote
23. Sam Vesty

Thursday, 19 January 2012

This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby...

Bath Rugby skipper Stuart Hooper will under go a fitness test today to determine whether he can return to action against Glasgow Warriors this weekend, writes Tom Bradshaw.

The club captain has endured a torrid time with injuries so far this season, with the latest spell on the sidelines caused by a broken wrist.

Read them all now...

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Coach Brad Davis backs Eastmond to shine at Bath

Coach Brad Davis is expecting Kyle Eastmond to shine at Bath, despite his lack of games since switching codes.

Eastmond, 22, left St Helens in 2011 to join the Premiership club, but has made just one appearance so far - in the win over London Irish.


Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Olly Barkley and Ryan Caldwell look back on a missed opportunity against Montpellier

BRtv caught up with Olly Barkley and Ryan Caldwell to reflect on a last minute defeat against French side Montpellier

Watch now...

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Heartbreak for Bath Rugby as Montpellier snatch late victory

A last-gasp try broke Bath Rugby hearts as Montpellier snatched a 24-22 victory in a thrilling Heineken Cup clash.

Bath led 10-7 at half-time and extended their lead when Ryan Caldwell grabbed his second try of the game.


I would love to stay at The Rec, says hooker

Pieter Dixon says he accepts that his six-year spell at Bath Rugby could be approaching an end, writes Tom Bradshaw.

While keen to prolong his stay at Bath, the bubbly South African, who turned 34 in October, is yet to be offered a contract extension.


Friday, 13 January 2012

Bath Rugby team to face Montpellier

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Olly Woodburn
13. Dan Hipkiss
12. Matt Banahan
11. Tom Biggs
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Michael Claassens
1. Charlie Beech
2. Ross Batty
3. David Wilson
4. Dave Attwood
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Ben Skirving
7. Francois Louw (c)
8. Simon Taylor

16. Pieter Dixon
17. David Flatman
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Andy Beattie
20. Guy Mercer
21. Chris Cook
22. Olly Barkley
23. Sam Vesty

Thursday, 12 January 2012

This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby - new signings!

Bath Rugby are seeking to tie down a clutch of young players as the club lays foundations for the future.

Fly-half Tom Heathcote, tighthead Kane Palma Newport, scrum-half Chris Cook and centre Ben Williams are among the prospects who are out of contract at the end of the season, and negotiations to keep them at The Rec are advanced.

Read the articles now...

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Why do the BBC cover West Country rugby so poorly? Your questions answered...

We try hard to reflect all the sport across our region. I agree we do have some of the best rugby teams in the country here. Perhaps not as great as they once were, but certainly with the ambition to be the best.

I think it probably appears that we cover more on football because of our access to the game footage. We have the broadcast rights to use football matches, but rugby is held by ITV. This means we have a very limited number of times we can show the pictures. We do endeavour to find ways around this and to tell individual stories of our clubs but clearly the over-all impression will be that there is less coverage. We have a responsibility to use the football footage well. If at some point in the future we have better access to the rugby footage the same,
I'm sure would be true.

I hope that gives you some context to what we do.

BBC West

Mears and Wilson make England Elite Squad...

England's 32-man elite player squad for the RBS 6 Nations championship:


Forwards: M Botha (Saracens), C Clark (Northampton Saints), A Corbisiero (London Irish), D Cole (Leicester Tigers), T Croft (Leicester Tigers), L Deacon (Leicester Tigers), P Dowson (Northampton Saints), D Hartley (Northampton Saints), C Lawes (Northampton Saints), J Marler (Harlequins), L Mears (Bath Rugby), B Morgan (Scarlets), T Palmer (Stade Francais), C Robshaw (Harlequins), M Stevens (Saracens), R Webber (London Wasps), D Wilson (Bath Rugby), T Wood (Northampton Saints).
Backs: C Ashton (Northampton Saints), B Barritt (Saracens), M Brown (Harlequins), L Dickson (Northampton Saints), O Farrell (Saracens), T Flood (Leicester Tigers), B Foden (Northampton Saints), C Hodgson (Saracens), J Simpson (London Wasps), C Sharples (Gloucester Rugby), D Strettle (Saracens), M Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), J Turner-Hall (Harlequins), B Youngs (Leicester Tigers).


England Saxons 32-man squad for fixtures against the Ireland Wolfhounds (January 28) and Scotland A (Galashiels):


Forwards: *D Attwood (Bath Rugby), C Brooker (Harlequins), P Doran Jones (Northampton Saints), M Garvey (London Irish), J Gaskell (Sale Sharks), J Gibson (London Irish), J Gray (Harlequins), T Johnson (Exeter Chiefs), J Launchbury (London Wasps), M Mullan (Worcester Warriors), L Narraway (Gloucester Rugby), D Paice (London Irish), *G Parling (Leicester Tigers), G Robson (Harlequins), A Saull (Saracens), H Thomas (Sale Sharks), T Waldrom (Leicester Tigers), N Wood(Gloucester Rugby).
Backs: N Abendanon (Bath Rugby), A Allen (Leicester Tigers), D Armitage (London Irish), M Banahan (Bath Rugby), F Burns (Gloucester Rugby), K Dickson (Harlequins), *A Goode (Saracens), J Joseph (London Irish), R Lamb (Northampton Saints), J May (Gloucester Rugby), U Monye (Harlequins), *H Trinder (Gloucester Rugby), B Twelvetrees (Leicester Tigers), M Young (Leicester Tigers).

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Gethin Jenkins on his way to Bath!?

...According to the Rugby Paper, Bath are close to signing the Wales international!

Profile: Full name: Gethin David Jenkins
Born: November 17, 1980, Llantwit Fadre
Age: 31 years
Teams: British and Irish Lions, Cardiff Blues, Wales A, Wales
Position: Prop
Height: 6 ft 2 in
Weight: 268 lb

Tune in at 6.30pm for Twitter cam with Olly Barkley and Nick Abendanon

Bath Rugby will be holding the first in a series of "Twitter Cam" interviews with the players on Tuesday 10th January. Kicking-off at 6.30pm, this is your chance to put your questions to some of the boys, all through the medium of Twitter. Nick Abendanon and Olly Barkley are first up in the Twitter hot-seats, so get your questions ready, and then all you need to do is log-on to Twitter, follow the link given out by @bathrugby at 6.30pm on Tuesday and ask away! Live link here

RFU to investigate half time incident at Sarries V Bath.

The RFU have asked for reports into a half-time confrontation between coaches during Saracens’ 26-19 win over Bath on Sunday. Watch this space...!

Monday, 9 January 2012

Bath Rugby caption competition - win two tickets to a Bath home game...

Best caption will win two tickets to a Bath Rugby home game courtesy of Nick Abendanon

To enter tweet your caption to @jd_newmarket with the hashtag #ouch

Deadline for entry 8pm Wednesday Jan 11th


Sunday, 8 January 2012

"We should have been given a penalty try" says Bath Rugby forwards boss Haag

Bath Rugby forwards boss Martin Haag was left bemused after referee Pascal Gauzere failed to award an early penalty try to his side. The visiting side had the better of the Saracens scrum in the early exchanges, so much so that loosehad prop Rhys Gill was yellow-carded by the French referee in the 16th minute as Bath turned the screws while camped on their host's five metre line. Read more...

Never-say-die Bath Rugby earn losing bonus point from clash with Saracens

Saracens 26, Bath Rugby 19 It would be a “nip and tuck” affair; that was Bath director of rugby Sir Ian McGeechan’s prediction before this Aviva Premiership clash kicked off. He was right. Up to the point when USA international Chris Wyles danced off his left foot to slice through the Bath backline and score his side’s second try in the 70th minute, this match – attended by a paltry crowd of under 6,000 – was anyone’s. Read more...

Saturday, 7 January 2012

I'm desperate to join in with happy slapping

I read an interesting stat the other day. For the last two seasons Bath, on New Year's Day, have been placed 11th and ninth in the Premiership table but have gone on to finish fourth and fifth respectively. Not the best stat perhaps, and it's certainly not one anyone would like to see as a recurring theme. However, what it does say, among all the negativity, pressure and criticism, is that there is still a lot of rugby still to be played and lots of points to be won. Read more...

Friday, 6 January 2012

Bath Rugby team to face Saracens

15. Nick Abendanon 14. Olly Woodburn 13. Matt Carraro 12. Matt Banahan 11. Tom Biggs 10. Stephen Donald 9. Michael Claassens 1. Nathan Catt 2. Ross Batty 3. Anthony Perenise 4. Dave Attwood 5. Ryan Caldwell 6. Andy Beattie 7. Francois Louw (c) 8. Simon Taylor Replacements 16. Pieter Dixon 17. Charlie Beech 18. David Wilson 19. Ben Skirving 20. Guy Mercer 21. Chris Cook 22. Tom Heathcote 23. Kyle Eastmond

Fury signs short-term contract with Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby are pleased to announce that Welsh international scrum-half Warren Fury has signed a short-term deal that will see him with the West Country Club for three months. A very strong and technically sound player, Fury, who has earned two caps for Wales, joins the Club as injury cover. Read more...

Thursday, 5 January 2012

This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby

It was an afternoon for relief as much as jubilation. After four months of disappointment, inconsistency and under-achievement, Bath Rugby administered a ferocious walloping that left London Irish reeling in the middle of next week. The Exiles are not known for taking defeat quietly. Indeed, the accumulation of bonus points is something of their modus operandi. Read more...

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

What's your Bath Rugby dream team?

If you've bought the match day programmes this season then you'll have seen that we have been taking a look back through the archives to compile a Bath Rugby dream team – and who better to give us his choices than First Team Coach and ex-Bath player, Martin Haag!

With the backline and number 8 positions already having been picked throughout the season, it's time to see who Haagy will pick on the openside flank.


Vote for Claassens

Michael Claassens amazing try against London Irish on Sunday has been nominated for MBNA Try of the Week, Round 12.

Voting closes tomorrow at 9am, so hurry up!!

Click here to vote now!!!

Monday, 2 January 2012

Updated Aviva Premiership table 02/01/12

Bendy signs a new contract with Bath Rugby...!?

News coming straight from the Rec yesterday is that Nick Abendanon has signed a new deal with Bath Rugby till 2013 and now talks are underway to extend this till 2015!

Expect an announcement in the next week or two!

Bath Rugby full-back Nick Abendanon backed for England call-up

Bath rugby director Sir Ian McGeechan backed full-back Nick Abendanon to be in the England reckoning for the Six Nations after yesterday’s 30-3 win over London Irish.

Bath fly-half Stephen Donald kicked 15 points, but it was the form of England full-back candidate Abendanon and a powerful Bath scrum that proved the most telling factors in the Aviva Premiership victory at the Recreation Ground.


We criticise ourselves more than the chairman does, says McGeechan as Bath Rugby end poor run

Sir Ian McGeechan says Bath Rugby chairman Bruce Craig never turned up the pressure on him during the club's recent run of poor results - a run that came to a decisive end today with a 30-3 demolition job on London Irish.

Speaking after Bath delivered comfortably their best performance of the season in front of packed house at The Rec, the Bath director of rugby said: "We are more critical of ourselves than Bruce is, and the players are more critical. We've got a good environment and he knows there are a lot of things that are right. We've just got to make sure we deliverand benefit from what's there."


Brilliant Bath Rugby singing in the rain as London Irish suffer a drubbing

Bath Rugby 30, London Irish 3

Bath Rugby bludgeoned and out-smarted London Irish with a performance capable of setting even the most jaded reveller's pulse racing.

Last year Bath's Aviva Premiership fightback was launched with a 25-24 win on New Year's Day against Irish. Today, the margin against the same opposition was more comfortable and the performance far more convincing.