Monday, 30 April 2012

Fans view on Bath Rugby Inside Out - 'Is all well in the Roman (Craig) Empire? Open letter to Bruce Craig'

What a great afternoon at The Rec last week. Bath beat Wasps and almost sent them down, can you really believe that? The rain held off as well. Good luck to Belly & co for their futures and thanks for the memories.

Well I can't believe it was the last home game of the season, what happened to the last 8 months of my life?

Bruce I've seen a lot in the press and on blogs about the problems at Bath Rugby. Most would seem to favour bad coaching, however, is that the whole story? I have it on reliable inside information that you may have a touch of the Roman Empire syndrome. That is, I'm “top dog” cus I put all the money in, so I must know all there is to know about the game of Rugby. I know you have played, 5 seasons in France and thats a great peidgree, however, is that enough to overule one of the best coaches this country has ever produced. Come on Bruce you have run a very successful Business and you didn't do it on your own. You know what has to be done, employ a great team and let them do their jobs. No one can be a success if the boss is always breathing down their necks and I hear that is what you have been doing.

All the fans are very grateful to you for the money you have invested in the team we love, don't mess it up by thinking you can do everyone's job, that just destroys morale and keeps everyone wasting time looking over their shoulder.

Hears to next season. Lets hope its a great one, with a great team allowed to do their jobs.

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Saturday, 28 April 2012

Fans view on Bath Rugby Inside Out - 'Can we af-Ford to go for Gold?'

As per usual the rumours have been rife with more and more speculative views of the next Bath Ruby DOR and head coach.
We've endure countless snippets of gossip from names such as Mallet, White, Robinson, Catt, Gold, Cheika......to name a few linked with the vacant roles at the Rec.

The latest two candidates 'certain' of the jobs are the intrim duo at Falcons Gary Gold and Mike Ford. Falcons who are staring down the barrel of relegation who before they took over were 10 points adrift from fellow strugglers Wasps. They had gone through a run of 13 games only winning 2, drawing 1 but losing 10. After the time under the Gold and Ford ruling Falcons are about to face a relegation battle, winner takes all with Wasps after clawing back to being 4 points behind. So yes it seems Gold and Ford are doing good things Newcastle, but are they right to try to take bath to the top?

Ford as we all know spent just over 3 years as the defence coach with England and left after the Poor display during the World Cup. The English side during his time in fairness had become a very ill disciplined side and games were lost on the penalties given away. As the role of defense coach this does not bode well.

Gold has been through many roles from London Irish head coach to South Africa's assistant coach a man of good reputation and potentially a good DOR. But is he the man to take Bath back to their glittering highs of yesteryear? We all had the belief that McGeechan was the man to do so, and yet as it was seen not to be!!!

Well one thing is to been said we will have to wait and see........watch this space

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Friday, 27 April 2012

McGeechan hails Kyle Eastmond impact for Bath Rugby

Director of rugby Sir Ian McGeechan hailed Kyle Eastmond following the rugby league convert's cameo against Wasps.

Eastmond had played just 14 minutes of first-team rugby for Bath prior to Saturday's clash and more than doubled his time on the pitch at the weekend.

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Thursday, 26 April 2012

Fans view on Bath Rugby Inside Out update - 'Another twist???'

After the Telegraph's revelations last night saying that tomorrow Gary Gold will finally sign as the DOR at Bath Rugby and Mike Catt to be offered the head coaches role today again it's all change!

It has now been suggested that due to backroom staff changes and other possibilities being now looked at the announcement will be delayed to the end of the Aviva Premiership season.
With so much speculation and rumours fluttering around the frustration is now again starting to mount.

If I was a player at Bath Rugby (I wish!!!) what kind of detrimental effect would this be taking. With so much speculation and uncertainty engulfing the club would this be a settling environment or encourage me to want to hit the 100%. How would such unbalance effect the concentration of the players. Although on the flip side of this is, its the best time to show your worth. With a new coaching team set to take over its the best time to show how a pivotal role un the squad.

I thing is for certain for most Bath fans the decisions can't come quick enough, so we know the potential force we all hope the Blue, Black and white army truly can be!

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Fans view on Bath Rugby Inside Out - 'Is the suspense over?'

Since Sir Ian McGeechan's tenure at Bath was announced it was coming to an end the tension has been building to see who'll take the reigns at the Rec. With so many names bouncing about for the head coach and DOR, but utter silence from the club.

But suddenly yesterday there was a blanket of silence across Twitter from all Bath's players, and a rumour circulating that they were banned from using it for the day. But why the silence, will there be an announcement of finally knowing who had the task of resurrecting the Blue,Black and white.

Then here it come the silence was lifted, but nothing. Were they just toying with us, building our hopes? Then came the Telegraph article arrived like a ray of light breaking the sky on the stormiest night. Could this be true -Friday we will know, Friday the announcement we've been yearning to hear will be released. So what will we know? Will it be DOR, will it be head coach or will we be spoilt and get both? Well apparently both!!!!!

In an article releasing that Mike Catt is confirmed to be taking on the role of Andy Farrell with England during the tour of south Africa. There was a snippet at the bottom showing that this Friday will see Gary Gold signing up as the new DOR at Bath! With this breaking bit of news came the added bonus that Gold is to announce he's got a proposition for Catt to take on the head coach job on his return.

Could this be the news we've all been waiting for, is this the combination needed at the Rec, can they revive Bath back to the top?

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This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby's new-look coaching team is set to be unveiled in one fell swoop soon after the end of the current Aviva Premiership season.

The club had initially planned to name a new top man this week but rapid developments in securing a backroom team to support him have prompted Bath to hold off on an announcement until the climax of the regular campaign.

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Gold to sign as Bath Rugby head coach on Friday!

Gary Gold, the former South Africa assistant coach who has been working on a short-term contract at Newcastle since January, is to replace Sir Ian McGeechan as Bath’s new director of rugby.

Gold is expected to sign a contract with Bath on Friday and it is understood that he has lined up Catt for a key position, following the departure of first-team coach Martin Haag.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

RFOTR - Rec Update

At the Bath Recreation Ground Trust Board Meeting on 19th April 2012 the RFOTR submitted written questions in order to understand the current status of progress on redevelopment at the Rec. The RFOTR Committee was becoming increasing concerned at the slow rate of progress since the public consultation last year. The responses (see below) to our questions indicate that whilst progress is being made it is at a very slow rate!

The Q&As in full:

Questions from: Peter Downey


1. Can the Chair advise the process and procedures required to make a decision on the Recreation Ground’s redevelopment?

2. On what date did the Rec Trust make a Proposal/Scheme to the Charity Commission on the future of the Rec? If they did, what was proposed and has there been any response from the Charity Commission?

3.Has the Charity Commission stated its position on the Rec and have they accepted the principle of the “Land Swap”?

4.Is there a detailed timetable for the granting of Landlord’s Consent for the redevelopment of the West Stand?

Answers from: The Chair


1.The Charity Commission’s website explains the processes available to charities to amend their governing documents.
Guidance notes entitled “Changing your charity’s governing document (CC36)” may be helpful.

2.The Charity Commission have responded and a meeting is scheduled during the last week of April to discuss the proposals and next steps. Once details of a scheme have been agreed, full details (including proposed lease terms and land valuations) will be published. It is envisaged that a timetable of next steps will also be published.

3.The Charity Commission has indicated in the past that the idea of a land swap has merit but that the previous proposal, which used Firs Field, did not satisfy the requirement that the package of benefits should outweigh detriments.

4.Not at this point. Any development would also require full public consultation through the planning system.

The outcome of the meeting between the Rec Trustees and the Charity Commission at the end of April will be of special interest to all RFOTR members! Notwithstanding the reference to Firs Field in the Answer 3. we understand that the proposals referred to in Answer 2. do include the proposed Lambridge 'land swap'.

We believe that one source of delay has been a change of personnel at the Charity Commission with a new case officer having responsibility for Rec issues. We also understand that the Rec Trust wrote to the Charity Commission in December 2011 setting out the proposals that had received the support of the overwhelming majority of beneficiaries after the consultation conducted last year.

The meeting between the Rec Trust and the Charity Commission in the last week of April will discuss the proposals and next steps. At this point we will know a lot more.

Once details of a scheme have been agreed full details (including proposed lease terms and land valuations) will be published. It is envisaged that a timetable of next steps will also be published.

As we told RFOTR members in the last email Bath Rugby have now purchased Lambridge to enable the land swap to progress, should the proposed scheme be found suitable by the Charity Commission and then agreed by the Rec Trust.

In the meantime e will continue to keep RFOTR members informed of all developments and we hope that the pace of activity will pick up from May onwards!

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Gold reserve muddies the water at Bath

Gary Gold has been linked so heavily with the impending coaching vacancy at Bath that many rugby insiders see it as a done deal, but things are never entirely straightforward at the Recreation Ground. The South African declared yesterday that while he was indeed interested in signing up for another tour of duty in the Premiership, there were jobs back home in Springbok country that might be too attractive to turn down.

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Donald joins Barbarians

Steven Donald has been added to John Kirwan's Barbarians squad that is set to play in England and Wales.

Lewis Moody will also play 'some part' in the tour!

Barbarians mid-year tour 2012:

Sunday May 27 v England at Twickenham

Tuesday May 29 v Ireland at Gloucester

Saturday June 2 v Wales at Millennium Stadium

Sunday May 27 v England at Twickenham

Tuesday May 29 v Ireland at Gloucester

Saturday June 2 v Wales at Millennium Stadium

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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Fans view on Bath Rugby Inside out - 'The suspense is killing us!!!'

As I sat wetting my whistle in my favourite watering hole yesterday evening, I got embroiled in a conversation of deep magnitude with a fellow of the elderly persuasion. Unfortunately this gentleman turned out to be a bit of an argumentative chap who appears to know best, but the chat led me to have a look at Bath's unanswered questions.

The debate, if I can loosely throw throw that around this, began discussing The Rec. For some lengthy period of time the Rec has been a huge topic and if Bath are to become the best; that ground desperately needs regenerating, but we all know this! The point I tried to make to my counterpart in the discussion is: To take Bath Rugby away from the Rec would be borderline criminal! They go hand in hand. Not only because of the stunning surroundings but the economic influence it has on the local trade. The gentleman in question, who is a season ticket holder and apparently a "man in the know" his words!! He is certain that in 2 yrs the marriage of Bath Rugby will be having a divorce and they will be setting up a new relationship with some floosey of a plot of land. This is when the debate slightly broke down to become more of a spat, his stated plot is Farliegh!!! My answer "not a chance". It's too far from Bath with no Bus route and making for some unhappy campers who travel to the games. After some heated words and threats of barring, we agreed to disagree, although I think I'm right!

My afterthoughts of this is why do we have so many unanswered questions at Bath?
- The ground
- Who's going to be DOR
- Who's going to be head coach
- Who's going to be forwards coach
And so on...... For weeks now we've had to endure endless speculation surrounding the coaching team. So many names bouncing about, so many people with inside knowledge saying they know whose got the job. And yet from all the countless speculations we're still none the wiser. I would believe it would be fair of Bath just to us supporters at least an announcement date and a snippet of who could be in the potential running. With so much mystery engulfing one club I've heard that Scooby Doo and the mystery team are on their way to investigate.

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Monday, 23 April 2012

Fans view on Bath Rugby Inside Out - 'Bon voyage Belly!'

With the indifferent season at the Rec drawing to a close and the fans focusing on hope and expectations for next season, there was one last outing left for the boys to undertake......bring on the Wasps.

The day would see the Captain Stuart Hooper collecting his centenary of appearances although this would not be the day for him to charge out onto the pitch leading his troop ready to to battle, no this accolade was presented to another man!
With the announcement of a huge servant of the club and a man considered as a Bath legend Mr Duncan Bell wcould to be retiring at the end of the season the final home game became a much bigger occasion. For Bath itself some form of respectability salvation of the season and to give the big man the send off he deserves. Also 2 other players who are drawing an end to their days in Blue,Black and white are Matt Carrero and Pieter Dixon so the hope of a monumental fixture was in the expectations of pumped up crowd, ready to exercise some fine voices with calls of ALLEZ BATH!!

A free family day to be be followed by Bath taking part in some pest control against Wasps geared up a lively festival atmosphere (although having Peppa pig and a Hog roast in the same place left some awkward questions for parents). With the relentlessly excitable sell out crowd taking their places baying for that long awaited win in what they refer to as their Mecca, the time arrived for the team to be led onto the park by the man himself met by an erupterous applause........Belly!!

To start Bath showed their intent in the game by taking it to Wasps. When a penalty was won instead of taking the three points from the boot of Olly they opted to kick for touch, unfortunately not leading to points but showing where their game plan was at. The pressure insued for a good 10-15 minutes but slowly the possession swayed into the opponents hands. With the general concesious starting to feel are they going to rue the normal all possession and no points again? And then it seemed the norm was going to become a reality. Infringements creeping in and the points being taken by Nicky Robinson giving Wasps a 0-9 lead going into half time. An interesting stat came out showing Bath have the worst penalty count in the league averaging 12.3 per game showing where the games have been lost in this campaign. As the half time whistle shreeled out the air of pessimism was starting to filter around, could we lose to relegation battlers Wasps?

As the half time pasties, pies and pints were purchased the thoughts were is there anyway way back or will this sum up our season. Well let's at least see what the second half has to throw at us?

Well it seemed something had clicked in the time out in the changing room as seven minutes in a over the line drops Mearsey showing again why we've missed his time off for injury. The dynamics were really flipped on their heads when up steps Eastmond, whose transition from league to union hasn't quite gone to the desired plan. Eastmond came on as a blood sub for Carrero and automatically pepped up the boys resulting in that man Donald crossing the line, suddenly Bath had a 12-9 lead and looked to be in control. Proof to how good Eastmond had been there was a disappointment when Carrero actually came back on, but this was very short lived. The moment had arrived........a mass subs change and enter the frame fir one last time on the rec..... BELLY!!!! A rapturous applause ensued and positivity flooded the park again. We also got to see Dixon run out for the last time down st the Rec, scene was set Belly, Carrero and Dixon all out for their final farewell to Bath's faithful. Then the dream seemed to hit reality as Abendanon crossed over taking the tally to 17 and the impetus riding Bath's way. Due to the Bath way they did let slip another penalty to which Robinson happily slotted over leaving Wasps looking for a losing bonus point.

Possibly the most talked about moment came when an unfortunate Sam Vesty made what can only be described as a schoolboy error. When he seemed to be a shoe in for giving Bath a rare try scoring bonus and stripping Wasps of their bonus point, he prematurely celebrated the score before dabbing down. The issue with came when Tom Vardell turned on the burners and caught him and stopping the score. The TMO was called into play although the answer was known around the ground, more embarrassing was the TMO itself awarding the not awarding the try sending confusion amongst all spectators. For so many you knew the discontent and abuse would ensue upon Vesty for losing the bonus point this would be in my eyes an uncalled for and wrong thing to do! Yes he did make the mistake, but after the first half performance by the team to accuse one man for a whole team is wrong!! I will now step down from my soap box.
When the final whistle was blown a cheer of jubilation filled the ground for the dream send off of a win had happened and Belly, Dixon and Carrero could leave know their last game in the city of Bath had been victorious!!!

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Ospreys: Paul James poised for Bath switch

WALES prop Paul James — who has made more appearances for the Ospreys than any other player — is believed to be poised for a switch to Bath.

The Aviva Premiership outfit are understood to be on the point of announcing the capture of a player who has featured 177 times for the Ospreys since their inception and who secured his place in the region's history by leading them to victory over Australia.

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Sunday, 22 April 2012

Fans view on Bath Rugby Inside Out - 'Is Donald a Dud?'

Stephen Donald has been a huge topic of discussion throughout the season for Bath fans but recently there has been speculation he would be leaving Bath rugby after just one season with the club. However it was announced this week by Bath that Donald would be staying with the club and that he has had frank discussions with them about his performances on the field.

Much was expected from Donald when he came to the rec, after just winning the world cup for New Zealand with a penalty kick, but in most peoples eyes he just hasn’t delivered whilst at Bath.

However the rumors that he would be leaving after just one season just seemed ludicrous to me! Although Donald hasn’t been in the best of forms I still think he is a valuable player who will come good eventually. ​

His first home game for Bath came in the form of a tough Heineken cup pool game against Montpellier. Bath narrowly won the game 16 – 13 but the main story was the performance of Donald who earned himself a deserved man of the match performance. Donald orchestrated play superbly with the highlights being a long looping pass which sent Olly Woodburn into the corner to an interception which set up Baths second try in the form of David Flatman.

That performance alone should merit why Donald was signed by Bath but since that game Donald has not been able to match that performance since and that’s resulted in a football-esc rumor about a player with a three year contact leaving after just only one season.

Firstly Stephen Donald hasn’t had the advantage of playing alongside an in form Olly Barkley however in past seasons the backline needed either an in form Butch or Barkley and free flowing attacking rugby would be seen. However this season Donald has been in a backline that has constantly shown a lack of ambition and cutting edge.
Donald has also not had enough time to gel with the team and so he still is not on the same wave length as a lot of the other players and that is something which is vital if you are a fly half. Classens has also not helped his cause with the frequent supply of slow ball being offloaded to a back peddling Donald and add in the fact he still has to try and dictate play behind a scrum that’s going backwards and a lineout which is misfiring.

Although Donald is a world cup winner he’s not a miracle worker and the backline at bath was already faltering before he arrived from New Zealand.

He also had an injury that put him out for a month and was thrown straight back into the starting line up after recovering a few weeks ago at the debarcle that was Northampton. The coaching style this season has been another thing that has held Donald back in his search for form with the coaches opting for Saracens style rugby instead of a style that Steve Meehan had encouraged the team to play and a style Donald was familiar with when playing for Waikato and scoring a remarkable 796 points in 85 appearances.

Stephen Donald is a world class player and all he needs is to recapture his form during pre season. Next season I’m sure the rec will be watching the Stephen Donald that played against Montpellier and the Stephen Donald that played against Northampton will be nowhere to be seen. Like many bath fans this will be a season (well for bath anyway) he will want to forget but he has shown promise and I believe Donald can be as big a hit as Butch James was at the rec.

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Aviva Premiership table after round 21

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Bath Rugby win final home game of the season against London Wasps - but squander bonus point chance

Bath Rugby 17, London Wasps 12

Three second-half tries gave Bath Rugby victory at The Rec after a lame, indisciplined first period had left them trailing 9-0.

Bath's blushes were saved by tries from the fit-again Lee Mears, a rejuvenated Stephen Donald and full-back Nick Abendanon.
Nick Robinson bagged all of Wasps' points from the kicking tee, while Olly Barkley kicked a conversion for the hosts.

Bath could have grabbed a bonus point in the 78th minute but Sam Vesty's premature celebration enabled Tom Varndell to track back and hold the replacement fly-half up.

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Saturday, 21 April 2012

You're playing for your futures, World Cup winner Greenwood warns Bath Rugby's squad

WORLD CUP winner Will Greenwood claims Bath’s squad are playing for their professional futures in their final Aviva Premiership games – not least World Cup winning fly-half Stephen Donald.

The New Zealander came to the Aviva Premiership with a big reputation kicking the winning points for the All Blacks in the World Cup final.

But the former Waikato Chiefs man has had a slump in form at Bath, with 20-year-old Englishman Tommy Heathcote stepping out of his shadow to put in some classy performances.

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Montpellier sign Hape and Carraro

Montpellier have announced the arrival of seven new players including former England centre Shontayne Hape, Bath centre Matt Carraro and Scotland loose forward Johnnie Beattie.

They will be joined at the French club by Bourgoin prop Vincent Pelo, Brive wing Alexandre Bias, Perpignan hooker Charles Géli and Biarritz prop Yvan Watremez.

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Friday, 20 April 2012

Fans view on Bath Rugby Inside Out - 'Best 15 of all time!!!!!'

With it being such a mishap of a season do we have any players that would fit into Bath Rugby's top 15 of all time?

If you look back through Bath's glory days of the club it is steeped with players of supreme calibre which can only be pronounced as legends. You could run a list of names from Hill, Barnes, Chillcott, Spurrell, Ubugu, Webb, Trick, Dawe, Horner....... The list could go on for ever!

With the change from amateur to professional how many old school boys could stand up in the modern genre?

So the question to be layed down is if you could pick the ultimate Bath rugby 15 who would be your starters. Could any of this days squad fit into that 15 or any of them to be future ultimate Bath 15?

Ok give it a go pick your starting line up and see how many over fans agree.....

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Dixon leaving Bath Rugby at end of season

Pieter Dixon will also be leaving Bath Rugby at the end of the season, the Club confirmed today.

The Zimbabwean-born hooker joined Bath in 2005 following a long and successful career in South Africa with the Stormers, and he has gone on to spend seven seasons with the West Country club, amassing 155 appearances so far.

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Bath Rugby team to face London Wasps

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Matt Carraro
13. Matt Banahan
12. Olly Barkley
11. Tom Biggs
10. Stephen Donald
9. Michael Claassens
1. Nathan Catt
2. Lee Mears
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper (c)
5. Ben Skirving
6. Josh Ovens
7. Carl Fearns
8. Simon Taylor

Replacements

16. Pieter Dixon
17. David Flatman
18. Duncan Bell
19. Dave Attwood
20. Guy Mercer
21. Mark McMillan
22. Sam Vesty
23. Kyle Eastmond


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Thursday, 19 April 2012

This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby... Bath to announce new head coach within 10 days!

Bath Rugby's selection process for a new head coach is close to having run its course and an announcement could be made within ten days.

The Chronicle understands that the club's management has decided on their man and that the signing is almost a done deal.
In contrast with the tumultuous week of frantic speculation surrounding the top coaching jobs at Premiership rivals Gloucester and Sale, the signals from Bath earlier this week were that their own recruitment process had gone smoothly.
Newcastle's short-term director of rugby Gary Gold, London Irish head coach Toby Booth and Stade Francais boss Michael Cheika have all been strongly linked with a move to The Rec.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Bath coach Brad Davis backs Stephen Donald for next season

Bath coach Brad Davis believes All Black fly-half Stephen Donald will prove his credentials next season.

The arrival of the World Cup winner at the Rec in November was seen as a coup for the Premiership side but Donald has endured an indifferent campaign.

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We could and should have done better this season - hopefully we will next year

Bath Rugby supporter Glyn Edwards' latest take on events at The Rec...

The last home game of what has been an undistinguished season awaits us on Saturday, followed by an appealing trip to Welford Road two weeks later.
That will bring the curtain down on what has been, for Bath at least, another 'could and should have done better' season.

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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

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Bell retires after nine years with Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby announced today that Duncan Bell is to retire from the game at the end of the season.

A firm favourite amongst the Bath Rugby supporters, tighthead prop Duncan has made over 200 appearances in his time with the Club, having joined from Pontypridd in 2003. He's also scored eight tries in the Blue, Black and White, cementing his place in the Rec faithful's affections.

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Bath prop Duncan Bell: my secret battle against the beast of depression away from the rugby field

Exclusive: Duncan Bell would never strike you as the likely victim of depression. A 19-stone tighthead prop, who cultivates his machismo from the very fact that he must grind bone on bone with his opponents every week, appears positively immune to moments of darkness and introspection.

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Monday, 16 April 2012

Fans view on Bath Rugby Inside Out - 'True fans????'

I can happily say I've been a huge fan of Bath Rugby for 28 years since the age of 5. Fortunately for me I got to make frequent trips to HQ to watch Bath win many trophies. But even through the rough times- professional transitions and a relegatation battle with Bristol in 2002/03 both finishing on 36 points, just a better score difference saving them going down!!! And yet I still follow the Blue, Black and white.

I may now not get to the matches as often as I wish, I'm not a season ticket holder, go to away games but I still follow and support! This does not make me any a lesser of a fan than others, or more than a short term new fan. What I feel is if you support your team you do it with passion, belief and expectations of success. You support and cheer for your team if your sat in the 6x stand, novia, terraces, pub or loafing on your sofa that's the job of a fan!!! There is no superior hierarchies nobody is more or less!!

But the one difference with a rugby fan over a football fan is respect for the players. After the picture from wembley yesterday seeing a man doing a Nazi salute holding his child whose flipping the bird, showed a scene that would hopefully never seen in a rugby ground. With rugby we all have our own opinions and believe we are top pundits knowing what would aid the performance of their team. If a poor showing is witnessed we'll voice disapproval and possibly point players who had a weak game. But what a TRUE fan does not do is to single a player and decide to publicly clog the man. A man who has been a talisman through their time at the team. If they've had a poor game so be it, there was also a few others who made mistakes, they may be professional but also human!!!
If your a fan support and cheer, even voice an opinion but don't abuse.........its an oval ball no round!

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Thank You from Bath Rugby

Following the frustrating defeat to Sale Sharks on Friday night, Bath Rugby would like to say thank you for all the support they had during the game, and in particular those supporters who made the long trip up to Edgeley Park.

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Donald starts for Bath United

Bath United side to face Somerset RFU XV

15. Kyle Eastmond
14. JJ Kilmartin
13. Jack Cuthbert
12. Ben Williams (c)
11. Olly Woodburn
10. Stephen Donald
9. Chris Cook
1. Tom Dunn
2. Will Tanner
3. Adam Jamieson
4. Will Spencer
5. Max Wilson
6. Tom Baldwin
7. Joe Buckle
8. Will Skuse

Replacements

16. Tom Vaughan-Edwards
17. Jake Fields
18. Sam Lewis
19. James Bloxham
20. James Tyas
21. George Drury
22. Ed Hainsworth
23. Alex Brown
24. Brad Barnes
25. Toby May



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Donald won't pull plug on Bath

World Cup-winner Stephen Donald admits he has no plans for an immediate return to New Zealand despite a disappointing start to his life in Bath.

Donald, who landed the winning penalty as the All Blacks won the Webb Ellis trophy in October, has had some 'frank conversations' with Bath after failing to make an impact since arriving at The Rec.

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Sunday, 15 April 2012

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"New West Stand at The Rec would give whole of Bath a new asset" say Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby will remain dependent on Bruce Craig's largesse for at least the next two seasons before the club is able to break even, says chief executive Nick Blofeld.

As reported last week, Bath Rugby Ltd registered a £1.82 million loss for the year to June 2011 with Craig making a £4.77 million zero-interest loan to the club.

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David Flatman: Performance is required, not a generation of gym junkies

As soon as rugby union turned professional, money seemed to get the blame for everything. It was, and is, said that the camaraderie has disappeared from the game, as its proponents are now just mercenaries. Whenever a team underperforms and the paying supporters begin to verbalise their discontent, there is always one voice near the back labelling the day's runners-up a pack of overpaid apes.

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Bath Rugby says there is "no truth" in claims Stephen Donald is returning to New Zealand

Bath Rugby have held a "frank conversation" with World Cup-winner Stephen Donald after a disappointing run of performances, but rumours the All Black will be returning home to New Zealand at the end of the season have been dismissed out of hand by the club.

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Saturday, 14 April 2012

Fans view on Bath Rugby Inside Out - 'Misfortunes or misguidence???'

In total I can honestly say this has been possibly one of the frustrating seasons for Bath rugby.

There is a on paper good squad and yet still so many countless performances of poor quality.
Last night saw an important bout against Sale Sharks fighting for 7th place and potentially a European spot. So the expectations for a true dog fight were high!!

Coming up to kick off Twitter was rife with chants of #AllezBath and #ComeOnYouBath. And the first 20mins Bath came out the blocks firing and a strong showing looked on the cards. Then came a big turn, Andrew Sherridan recieved a yellow and a bermused sherridan walked for his early challenge on Nathan Catt in the line out bringing jumper Hopper crashing to the floor. So with an extra man and 3 points up their tales should of been up!! Not so 2 penalties to the good for Sharks took the lead and rode out the storm of being at 14.

What followed was unfortunately what us Bath fans have been accustomed to in the 2011/12 campaign, a lackluster performance scattered with errors. You could say that a shakey and inconsistent display from a referee who just didn't seem to have a grasp on the match, and some may say not entirely on bath side. Bath through the game showed strengh in defence but going forward just seemed to have no dynamics and seemed to be very flat.

The most unusual feat of this fixture came at half time when rather than go into the changing rooms to meet the coaching staff Hooper conducted the pep talk on the field! To me this was a show of lack of belief in the coaches. Fortunately Bath managed to pull it level at 9-9 and seeming to have it balanced up, but not so, a try awarded by TMO then conversion saw the hopes drift away.

Despite a late challenge and a stampeed which was eventually thwarted by a knock on, the final whistle blew!! Final score a saddening 16-9, a good farewell to Edgeley park with one fixture left against Quins on the last day.

The usual blah,blah,blah post match interview followed but to me it just seems there is a lot of unrest and players just arnt happy with the set up and the end of the season just can't come quick enough. I hope next season will see a true regeneration and happiness in the camp.

I was saddened as a Bath fan to see the attack personally on Matt Banahan on Twitter. To blame an individual for a loss is absurb and in called for, its a team game and there are 23 players in a squad and all play apart in a match.

These so called Bath fans who feel the right to abuse I would love to see you play a performance of his standard.

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Sale Sharks v Bath Rugby: We showed character - Davis

Sale Sharks 16, Bath Rugby 9

Bath Rugby's hopes of Heineken Cup action next season petered out in the south Manchester drizzle tonight as they lost 16-9 to Sale Sharks.

Sale ended a three-game losing streak courtesy of a late Rob Miller try, with the Sharks full-back beating his opposite number Nick Abenadnon in a foot race to the ball.

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Friday, 13 April 2012

Fans view on Bath Rugby Inside Out - 'Devils advocate'

With tonight fixture with Sale Sharks baring down on us at a rate of knots, I wish to raise a small question?

With the potential of either team fighting for a possible European spot, as 7th in the Premiership may come in play. Would it be such a huge tragedy if Bath were to have a season away from Europe? As a Bath fan this question may shock and bemuse a few, but for such a question I do have some justification.

I'm very much aware of what financial implications may come from not partaking in the esteemed tournaments, before everybody mentions it! But with a new coaching regime soon to enter the frame surly its time to rebuild and restructure, almost begin from fresh. Whoever the illustrious ones are who take the helm of this squad will obviously make some changes and break it down to their styling.

Yes there has been some unlucky retirements and I'm sure players will move or be guided away to other clubs, to which I wish them well. But I feel to to become the force Bath once was a strong, powerful and unified team is needed to be developed. Without the extra complications of any extra fixture concentration can be channeled into the Premiership.

My feeling are I would rather see a reasurgence in the league and lead on to becoming a driving power again rather than a mediocre side meandering through a ropey campaign.

With Bath sitting 2pts behind Sharks and some big games to follow even 7th may be a big ask. Bath have to try and find their stride and take it to Sharks, Wasps then Tigers! Although Sharks other 2 fixtures are just as tricky with Gloucester and Quins to compete against. So in fairness there is lots to play for, but would that be for the best??? Bath rugby wins are sometimes the best feelings in the world so for the next few weeks we will have to sit back cheer on and enjoy the ride!!! Allez Bath!!

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Bath Rugby not pushing for Gold (Sky Sports New Video)

Newcastle's Director of Rugby Gary Gold has played down speculation linking him with taking over at the Rec.

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Sale Sharks and Bath set for Heineken Cup qualification face-off

Sale Sharks and Bath will continue their quest for the one remaining prize available to them this season when they clash at Edgeley Park tomorrow night.

Both clubs are currently in the Aviva Premiership's mid-table zone after winning just 16 of 38 league games between them this season.

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Thursday, 12 April 2012

This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby

Sir Ian McGeechan believes he will leave Bath Rugby in a strong state culturally and psychologically when he exits the club at the end of the current campaign.

The Bath director of rugby, who it was announced last week would not be staying on at The Rec next season, believes an attitude of self- criticism will stand the squad in good stead for seasons to come.

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Bath Rugby team to face Sale Sharks

Friday night at Edgeley Park, kick-off 19.45

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Matt Carraro
13. Matt Banahan
12. Olly Barkley
11. Tom Biggs
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Michael Claassens
1. Nathan Catt
2. Ross Batty
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper (c)
5. Dave Attwood
6. Ben Skirving
7. Carl Fearns
8. Simon Taylor

Replacements

16. Pieter Dixon
17. Charlie Beech
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Ryan Caldwell
20. Josh Ovens
21. Mark McMillan
22. Sam Vesty
23. Dan Hipkiss


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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Sir Ian McGeechan defends Bath tenure

Sir Ian McGeechan believes Bath have progressed during his time in charge, despite having a "tough" season.

It was confirmed last week that the 65-year-old would be leaving his role as director of rugby at the end of the campaign after just a year in the job.

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Fans view on Bath Rugby Inside Out - 'Back in the day!!!'

When I was but knee high to a grass hopper my father introduced me to this new phenomenal experience for which I would be eternally grateful, and start a life long Passion. It was my first trip to the Rec!! As a 5yr old boy I witnessed possibly the most magical thing and learnt 'this truly is the best sport ever'!

As a wee lad I was in awe of these players who later became what can only described the kings of English rugby, encouraging me to join Bath mini's to try and emulate my new hero's.

Week in and week out our usual Rec routine would be performed usually resulting in my brother and I leaving with a smile strewned across our faces that could almost resemble a 'chelsea smile'. With kick off but 45min away through the gates we'd roll clutching our 20 pence ready to purchase the usual white simple match day programme.

Programme in hand there was one destination required for my father......the club house bar ready to wet his whistle prior to that all important starting blast from the ref on his whistle. With a cup of scolding cup of oxtail soup in hand, my brother and I joined the other small people, behind the try line, club house end infront of the advertising boards nestling into the grass. Back in the 80's there was no terraces there just first come best place, the kids scattered the edges of the pitch so to be able get the best view of the next monumental fixture.

Once position sorted a quick glance around to see what seemed like a sea of Blue, Black and White. Grown men adorned in the classic hoops of Bath, Chests puffed displaying their pride like a sea of proud peacocks!!

The next moment that was to come is when the true magic was to happen, enter the legends!!!

Every time I was at the match never did I feel I'd witness a loss, such was the power of belief that filled the ground. So many epic battles I saw on that field, but as a youngster it always amused me to see the ball boy trot off net in hand to climb aboard his dingy to retrieve the match ball from the river!!

My first trip to the rec was in 1984 and I grew up watching such icons as Trick, Spurrell, Chilcott, Horton, Swift, Palmer, Barnes, Hill, Guscott to mention a few spanned across a dream period of Bath rugby. I feel I was lucky to be able to witness such dominance in a rugby era and dream of that recreated again on what I refer to as my mecca-The Rec!!!

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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Bath Rugby not extending Haag contract

First Team Coach, Martin Haag, will be leaving Bath Rugby at the end of this season when his current contract expires, the Club confirmed today.

Bath Rugby Chief Executive, Nick Blofeld said: "Haagy has great knowledge of Bath's history and traditions and has been an asset to us for the past three seasons. We'd like to thank him for all his efforts during his time here with us and wish him well for the future."

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Fans view on Bath Rugby Inside Out - 'Back to the old skool!!!!'

After my last post I sat down at had a good recollection of the 'good old days'. I know with this now being a fully fledged professional era and the hay days of Bath being during the amateur period. But surely if we look back there must be some lessons to be learnt.

The golden period of the Bath days, where Blue, Black and white was the domineering force, and a squad of men playing in a field of boys. As the money was of no importance your main objective was to want to be the best, play with the best and ensure your band of brothers supported you in this aim. You would play with the Passion of the shirt you adorned and to play as a unified battalion. From position 1-16 (Bath never played with a 13!) Would be as 1 unit, that was the Bath way.

These warriors in the Bath Tricolor were a team for which the majority had been together for a lengthy time, a player would be true, loyal and passionate to their club. Can we say the same in this day an age?? Has a loyalty been displaced by cold hard cash?

For me I'm under the thought its time to get an 'old Skool' on the Bath issue and hit right back to scratch. Many moons ago a player would not be shipped half the way around the world, he would of moved through the ranks or be discovered in a local 'feeder' club. To take a 'natural' talent and emerge them in professional surroundings and elite facilities they could become an true phenomenon in the rugby world.

If Bath were to truly harness the United team and enable them to run out on a more regular occasion the extra game time would only encourage their abilities. The Aviva 'A' league is a good basis but certainly not enough matches for a squad to progress. With an abundance of local team surrounding the city would it not be an option to arrange some fixtures against them? Local teams such as-

- Oldfield Old Boys
- Old Culverhaysians
- Stothert And Pitt
- Walcot Old Boys
- Combedown
- Avon
- Avonvale
- Keynsham

But to name a few. For the local clubs it would be seen as a challenge to take down the Goliath tho their David. Whereas for Bath the option to scan for local talent for which the could develop. For the army of fans some more rugby for us to get our teeth into and revel in the growing form in the squad.
In short back to basics and development is a good step forward to creating an all powerful Bath.

Surly its time to create the talent than buy the talent!! It will take a while to build, but I'd rather see them construct a solid team and miss a few years of European rugby than meander along performing in a mediocre fashion.
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Monday, 9 April 2012

Fans view on Bath Rugby Inside Out - 'The Perfect Storm'

First things first, why have I likened Bath Rugby to a Hollywood movie that was made in 2000.

Well the movie portrayed what happened when three storms combined, forming a killer storm. The fishing boat, ‘Andrea Gail’ didn’t survive.

So, rewind two years, is Bath Rugby creating its own ‘Perfect Storm’:
• A new, fanatical Bath Rugby multi-millionaire owner
• A new HQ and training facility
• New headline hitting coaching staff and players

Perfect Storm or not, two years ago Bath Rugby started a transformation programme, the dream/vision is to get Bath, ‘back on top’ and one thing is for sure, Bath now have firm foundations for success. Bruce has amazing credentials and has previously proven to be an extremely successful business man. But what has top flight Rugby got in common with business?

Given the current climate, profitability is one, but leadership, culture (yes that thing everyone talks about, but can’t explain) and a common goal that all must, not only believe in, but live or die by.

I am sure Bruce has read books such as, ‘Built to Last’ and ‘Good to Great’ by Jim Collins. Both books track the path of success (or mediocrity) by leading businesses. Having read both books and experienced successful transformation, there are a few key points that serve themselves well, in any walk of life; I believe those to be, in no particular order:
• You need a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG)-Everyone should know your BHAG, tea maker to prop forward.
• The BHAG is a journey; you need a vehicle in which to travel (let’s say a BUS), the right people on the bus and sitting in the right seats.
• Everything, everyone does works towards achieving the BHAG-or don’t do it.
• Culture-were all in this together
• Teamwork-no-one person will achieve the BHAG on their own, know your place in the team, achieve your goals and help others achieve theirs. Do not throw stones.
• The Bus will stop, all of them do, when it does, it’s ok for people to get on and off the bus.
• Bad news-Transformation takes 5-7 years
• Make investment feel like, well investment and not debt.

The complication comes when you throw a bunch of professional athletes into the mix. They just want to do what they love and are extremely good at, playing Rugby, everything else to them, is just ADMIN (it has to be done, you just hate doing it). So let them do what they are good at, playing Rugby, sure they have to pop up to the boxes and smile at the cameras. But separate the noise of planning permission and balance sheet worries to those who are employed to look after those items. The cost of operating the club is what it is, burdening the players won’t help, the ground extension is 2-3yrs off, both of these are facts and therefore generating additional revenue should not trouble the players. Hold them accountable for winning, the coaches for coaching and the financiers to making sure there are enough beans to count.

Bruce will have experienced all of the above and know exactly what he and his team needs to do. The club has the desire and passion to succeed. The confidence that Bruce showed recently with his open letter, shows that he is comfortable with the bumpy ride, but will not tolerate under performance (failure).

So what do the fans need to do, well simply trust our new leader(s), shout louder and play our part in transforming Bath Rugby into a world beating Rugby Club. Of course we will be unhappy with under performance, we pay the players wages. But ask yourself these questions, if Bruce had not taken charge, would we be in a better place? Would our future be as bright as it does today?

In summary, keep it simple, let people do their part, that means us, as supporters should be held accountable to shouting louder at ‘The Rec’, the pub or at our Smartphone’s. We have to wait and believe that Bath will be the best. We will taste success, when we do, this period of unrest will feel, well, just like ADMIN, we don’t like the feeling of unrest, but we just have to go through it.
Unlike the ‘Andrea Gail’, Bath Rugby, will survive and will be victorious. Besides the ‘Andrea Gail’ set sail from Gloucester (USA), so deserved to fail...

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Sunday, 8 April 2012

Fans view on Bath Rugby Inside Out - 'Worries!!!!'

With the departure of Geech and quite a disappointing campaign so far, there are just a few concerns about Bath Rugby I have.

Within the squad there are a mix of youth and experience, some new and some old faces. It seems that a few players just are underperforming. So with a new coaching staff coming on board soon will there be a clear out to bring new in or could we lose players? With such a shakey season could some of the new signings who have shone through may feel all their work has been in vain. With inspiring signings such as Attwood and Caldwell to name 2, they could be tempted to say goodbye. why should they put in so much effort when the likes of Donald, this huge name signing, have failed to live up to their billing. I think Bath need to build a squad no look for the big names!!! Search the local talent such in the days of yore and get players with Passion not egos.
My main wish is that for this search for success they don't sell off the young and enthusiastic and ping for some big names. It would be a shame for another Freddie Burns situation to occur. Players such as Mercer, Heathcote, Cook etc stay in the colours of Blue, Black and White!!!

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David Flatman: Some role models fall short – why does it make us angry?

A year or so ago, I wrote a column about Gavin Henson. To be honest, I wanted to write it as I felt strongly that this was a fragile bloke in need of something other than another inky hammering. In summarising my thoughts I suggested that his legacy would be one of a flower among house bricks; a beautiful athlete who made those around him – at whatever level – look as cumbersome as he was accelerative.

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Saturday, 7 April 2012

OJO'S INSIDE LINE: Everyone must do own jobs

IN THE end, somebody had to carry the can for the poor results at Bath.

Sir Ian McGeechan arrived with a massive reputation but I was always confused by his appointment.

Nobody really knew what role he had and it was quite clear early on that it wasn’t going to work with former head coach Steve Meehan.

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Mark McMillan: Heineken Cup place is a must

When you represent Bath and pull on the blue and black jersey, there are expectations to deliver a winning performance every week.

That comes from both within the organisation and outside it, so to say we are disappointed with our weekend performance is an understatement.

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Friday, 6 April 2012

New Bath coach will face big task

BATH legend Steve Ojomoh says the club’s next head coach faces a big job to restore them to domestic and European prominence.

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Thursday, 5 April 2012

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Falcons boss Gold has nothing to say on Bath job

NEWCASTLE Falcons boss Gary Gold has played down speculation he is set to be announced as Bath’s new head coach.

The South African is out of contract with Newcastle when the current season finishes on May 5.

The news Sir Ian McGeechan is to leave Bath at the end of the season, announced last night by the West Country outfit, was rapidly followed by reports Gold would step in and take charge.

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All of this weeks Bath Chronicle articles a

"This morning I woke up thinking, 'Why the hell am I doing all this again when other people seem to have an easier Saturday?', but when the game's through and you come away and get a result like this, you know why you do it. It's a great feeling to be going home with."

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This Is Bath - Who is in contention for the head coach role at Bath Rugby? And who can be scrubbed off the list?

GARY GOLD - The former assistant coach of the Springboks was recently parachuted into the North East where he has been trying to perform a Houdini act with Newcastle Falcons and save them from the drop. Has brought renewed vigour and physicality to the Falcons. The Chronicle understands Bath will interview the South African after he returns from Newcastle’s warm weather training camp in Portugal.

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Open Letter from Bruce Craig

I would like to take this opportunity to address everyone concerned with the performance of Bath Rugby.

I am the first to admit that this season has been disappointing and frustrating; we have been inconsistent and have underperformed. A considerable amount of time and money has been invested in the Club this year, without the returns expected by everyone. It hurts to be in this position and all of us involved with the Club understand that the overall performance has not been acceptable; the coaches said it at the weekend. We know we could and should have done much better.

What I can say is that some hard lessons have been learnt but our objectives and vision have not changed and we will continue to build the solid foundations for long-term success. Rugby is an important part of Bath and striving to be champions is our goal. I still believe the squad is as competitive as any in the Premiership and with a few new signings arriving over the summer and the fact the players will have been together for much longer, there is real reason to look forward positively.

There will be some changes in the coaching set up with a new head coach and coaching structure to be announced in the coming weeks. Focus will be placed on strengthening some of areas of our game that have been weak this season and our aim will be to concentrate on producing hard, attacking rugby with a style of play that our supporters associate with Bath Rugby.

Off the field the new training facilities are close to completion and will be ready for pre- season. Anyone who thinks that Farleigh will be anything else but an elite, high performance centre based on professionalism and hard work will be mistaken. The surroundings will be excellent but with that comes a responsibility for all of us to perform to the best of our ability, as there will be many others aspiring to be part of the set up.

There has been a huge amount of work done regarding the Rec development and we continue to work closely with the Charity Commission and the Recreation Ground Trust, as it is still our ambition to keep Bath Rugby at the Rec.

All of us at Bath Rugby appreciate the faithful support that follows the Club and know how much playing success means to each one of our supporters. I am committed to ensuring we do everything possible to enable that long term success, supporting the players and coaches to be able to deliver. There are no hiding places in top-level sport and I am still very confident that with more hard work this Club and its players have the ability to perform at a level that will meet all our expectations.

Bruce Craig
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Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Bath Rugby's new coaching team, the contenders...

The favourites...
Gary Gold


Former Springbok Assistant Coach, Head Coach WP Currie Cup at WP Rugby and Head Coach at London Irish Rugby Club. Now Director of Rugby at Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club.

Michael Cheika


Former Australian rugby union player and is a Heineken Cup winning coach and entrepreneur. He is the head coach of Stade Français since his appointment in 2010.

The outsiders...
Nick Mallett


Former South African rugby union player who was until recently (his contract with the Italian Rugby Union was not renewed after the 2011 Rugby World Cup) the head coach of the Italian national team. He played for and later coached the Springboks, South Africa's national rugby union team.

Mike Catt


South African-born former English rugby union footballer who played for London Irish and Bath. He earned 75 international caps for England and played in three World Cup Finals, in 1995, 2003 (when England won) and 2007. With his appearance in the October 2007 final, at age 36 years 1 month, he became the oldest ever player to play in a Rugby World Cup final.

He holds the honour of being the oldest ever player to play in a Guinness Premiership final (May 2009), aged 37, when he was a player / coach at London Irish.

Toby Booth


Toby Booth born 6 February 1970) is an English rugby union coach, currently head coach at London Irish in the Aviva Premiership. He was educated at The Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone, a prominent football-playing school.

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It's official - Sir Ian McGeechan to leave Bath Rugby at the end of the season

Bath Rugby can confirm that Director of Rugby, Sir Ian McGeechan will be leaving the Club at the end of this season, which coincides with the end of his two year contract.

The Club are currently making good progress in identifying a new Head Coach. The new structure and coaches will be agreed and in place over the summer for the beginning of the new season in September.

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Second half blitz secures victory for Bath United

A spirited Bath United rallied in the second half to secure a 36-13 victory over the Royal Navy at the Rec, with five tries being scored in the later stages of the match.

United looked the stronger of the two sides from the kick-off, pinning the Navy back in their own half and forcing the error which gave Ed Hainsworth an early shot at goal. The fly-half couldn't convert the penalty, but it wasn't long before the home side got their first points on the board.

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Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Sir Ian McGeechan expected to be replaced by Gary Gold at Bath in end-of-season shake-up at Recreation Ground

Former South African assistant coach, Gary Gold, is the favourite to take over at Bath in an end-of-season shake-up that is set to bring to an end the full-time involvement of Sir Ian McGeechan.

Gold is currently interim head coach at Newcastle.

The dismal 26-6 defeat by Northampton at the Recreation Ground on Saturday has brought matters to a head. Bruce Craig, the multi-millionaire entrepreneur who took charge of the club two years ago, has been dismayed by recent performances and wants to accelerate a long-standing need for change.

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Eastmond to start for Bath United

Bath United team to face the Royal Navy, tonight KO 7.30pm

15. Kyle Eastmond
14. Richard Lane
13. Ben Mosses
12. Ben Williams
11. JJ Kilmartin
10. Ed Hainsworth
9. Chris Cook
1. Charlie Beech
2. Will Tanner
3. Kane Palma-Newport (Capt)
4. Will Spencer
5. Max Wilson
6. James Tyas
7. Joe Buckle
8. Will Skuse

Replacements

16. Max Anderson
17. Tom Dunn
18. Nick Morris
19. Tom Baldwin
21. George Drury
22. Alex Brown
23. Ollie Devoto



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TOM BRADSHAW: Bath Rugby's fans deserve better than wet rag rugby

Remember those halcyon days of spring-time electrification at The Rec? Those moments when, with the ground firming up, the daffodils sprouting and the days lengthening, Bath Rugby sent a shiver down the spine with displays of attacking audacity and top-drawer skills?

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McGeechan set for Bath exit?

Sir Ian McGeechan's days at Bath appear to be numbered with the beleaguered Aviva Premiership side set to announce his departure in the next 48 hours, according to reports.

Bath were comfortably beaten by Northampton Saints on Saturday - a result which left them struggling to reach the top six and achieve the all-important Heineken Cup qualification spot for next term.

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Sunday, 1 April 2012

Out with the Blue and in with the new...

Bath Rugby will be changing their club colours from next season and want the supporters to choose them!

Once the colours have been decided, Bruce Craig has employed the services of Banksy to design the new strip, which will be launched during the friendlies in August.


This development looks like Bath Rugby could follow in the footsteps of Stade Français and set the rugby world alight with a brand of crazy and funky home and away strips!


Bath Rugby are set to release a poll to gather votes next week. Colours will include: green, yellow, orange, gold and silver, plus a host of others!

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