Tuesday, 31 July 2012

2012/13 Replica Shirts coming soon

With excitement building towards the new season, Bath Rugby will be unveiling our new 2012/13 home and away shirts very soon.

The shirts, made by our Official Kit Supplier PUMA, will be launched on Friday 10th August with the team running out in it for the very first time against London Welsh on Saturday 11th August, kick off 14:15.

You will be able to pre-order your new shirt in the Bath Rugby shop or online from Friday 10th August.

Bath Rugby Challenge Cup fixtures confirmed...

Bath Rugby Amlin Cup Fixtures:

Round 1 – Bucharest Wolves v Bath Rugby – Saturday 13th October 15.00

Round 2 – Agen v Bath Rugby – Thursday 18th October 20.45

Round 3 – Bath Rugby v Calvisano – Saturday 8th December 14.15

Round 4 – Calvisano v Bath Rugby – Saturday 15th December 14.30

Round 5 - Bath Rugby v Agen - TBC

Round 6 - Bath Rugby v Bucharest Wolves, TBC


Quarter finals - 4/5/6/7 April 2013

Semi finals - 26/27/28 April 2013

Final - Friday 17th May, 8pm - Royal Dublin Showground

Monday, 30 July 2012

Woodburn targets winning start to Gold era

Bath wing Olly Woodburn insists the Gary Gold era at the Rec is all about bringing home silverware, and the club will have their first shot at a trophy in the final of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series on Friday night.

Woodburn - who scored seven tries in 18 games last season - looked keen to impress the new-look coaching team, showcasing his searing speed as his side qualified behind Gloucester in the tournament's group stage last Thursday.

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Friday, 27 July 2012

Bath need realistic goals, says ex-flanker Lewis Moody

Ex-flanker Lewis Moody says Bath must not expect instant success under their new coaching line-up.

Sir Ian McGeechan's tenure last season ended in disappointment after they finished eighth in the Premiership.

McGeechan was replaced by a new-look back-room team in May, headed by former South Africa and London Irish coach Gary Gold.



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Bath Rugby's young players did us proud to book sevens final spot, says Brad Davis

Brad Davis saluted the commitment and physicality of his young players as Bath Rugby booked a spot in the final of the JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby Sevens.

Bath finished runners-up in Pool C as hosts Gloucester produced three bonus-point wins to finish top in front of a lively 8,494-strong Kimgsholm crowd.

But it will be Bath who have home advantage in the final, which takes place at The Rec on Friday, August 3.

A bonus-point 36-7 dismantling of Worcester was followed by a 19-12 win over Exeter for Bath, who then succumbed 24-17 to Gloucester in the evening's final match.

Davis told the Chronicle: "Knowing we are hosting the finals, it would have been pretty tough turning up to work tomorrow morning if we hadn't got through!


Bath Rugby secure place in J.P. Morgan 7s Series Finals

Bath Rugby secured their place in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series Finals tonight with victories over Worcester Warriors and Exeter Chiefs.

The Blue, Black and Whites join London Irish, Saracens, London Welsh, Sale Sharks and Gloucester Rugby in the finals at the Recreation Ground next Friday, 3rd August.



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Thursday, 26 July 2012

McMillan: Scrap for No. 9 shirt begins in 7s Series

Bath's Mark McMillan insists that wrestling the number nine jersey off teammate Michael Claassens this season would be one of the greatest achievements of his career.

The first opportunity to get started on doing just that comes in tonight's J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7's Series at Kingsholm.

McMillan is entering his third season at the club but has never been able to call the scrum-half berth his own as Claassens has dominated the position since his arrival five years ago.

And despite turning 30 before next season kicks off, the South African's powers show no signs of waning.



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Eastmond out of tonight's 7s

Bath Rugby have been forced to make one change to their squad for the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s tonight at Kingsholm.

Kyle Eastmond has unfortunately had to pull out through injury, with fly-half Tom Heathcote coming into the number 12 shirt to
replace him.

Bath Rugby JP Morgan 7s Series Squad

1. Matt Banahan
2. Ollie Devoto
3. Guy Mercer
4. James Tyas
5. Will Skuse
6. Tom Baldwin
7. Mark McMillan
8. Olly Woodburn
9. Chris Cook
10. Tom Biggs
11. Richard Lane
12. Tom Heathcote


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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Video - Tom Biggs talks 7s

Bath Rugby crowd favourite and 7s Superstar Tom Biggs talks about his love of the shorter format of the game and the upcoming J.P. Morgans 7s at Kingsholm on Thursday

Tom Biggs talks everything 7s from Bath Rugby on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Team up!!

The Bath squad for the JP Morgan Asset Management Rugby 7s series is:

Matt Banahan, Ollie Devoto, Guy Mercer, James Tyas, Will Skuse, Tom Baldwin, Mark McMillan, Olly Woodburn, Chris Cook, Tom Biggs, Richard Lane, Kyle Eastmond.


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Monday, 23 July 2012

LV Cup fixtures confirmed...

Pool 1

Exeter Chiefs
Gloucester Rugby
Newport Gwent Dragons

Pool 2

Leicester Tigers
Sale Sharks
Worcester Warriors
Cardiff Blues

Pool 3

London Irish
London Wasps

Pool 4

Northampton Saints
Bath Rugby
London Welsh

2012-13 LV= Cup Fixtures

Round 1 –November 9-11

Northampton Saints v Harlequins
London Welsh v Exeter Chiefs (Sunday November 11, KO 1600. S4C)
Bath Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons
Ospreys v Gloucester Rugby (Friday November 9, KO 1945. Sky Sports HD)
London Irish v Sale Sharks
Cardiff Blues v London Wasps
Worcester Warriors v Scarlets
Saracens v Leicester Tigers

Round 2 –November 16-18

Harlequins v Bath Rugby
Exeter v Ospreys
Newport Gwent Dragons v Northampton Saints
Gloucester Rugby v London Welsh
Sale Sharks v Saracens
Leicester Tigers v London Irish
Scarlets v Cardiff Blues (Saturday November 17, KO 1830. S4C)
London Wasps v Worcester Warriors

Round 3 – January 25-27

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

Round 4 –February 1-3

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

Semi Finals –March 8/9/10

Final - March 17 (venue tbc)

Exact times and kick off dates will be confirmed in due course.

Competition format:

The LV= Cup is a 16-team competition involving the 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs and 4 Welsh regions

Played in four pools of four with three English clubs and one Welsh region in each pool
English clubs have been allocated to the pools depending on their finish in last season's Aviva Premiership Rugby competition
Welsh regions have been allocated to the pools to avoid repeating fixtures from the Heineken and Amlin Challenge cups where possible
Teams in Pool 1 play teams in Pool 4 and teams in Pool 2 play teams in Pool 3
Each team plays four pool matches - two home and two away - with the top team from each pool qualifying for the semi-finals.

Bell: I'll ring Bath for recruits

NEW Lydney coach Duncan Bell says he will be raiding his former club Bath for potential players.
The former England international tight-head prop took his first training session at Regentsholme last week and says he needs to do some recruiting.

The Severnsiders have lost a number of players this summer already and Bell says he will be using his contacts in the professional game to bring some new faces in.

With the likes of Cinderford and Hartpury soaking up most of Gloucester's promising prospects, Bell says he would like some new blood to compliment what is already at the club.
He said: "I will be calling on Bath to hopefully help us out because by the sound of it we have lost a number of players.



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Sunday, 22 July 2012

The final piece of the jigsaw

It's nearly here!! Pre-season friendlies eeking ever closer ready to wet our appetites for the Avia Premiership and a new beginning for the Blue, Black and White.

London Welsh showing they're ready for the offing after demonstrating a powerful display in the JP Morgan 7's qualifying round. So the anticipation of their arrival as a fully fledged top flight team is now building. The game lined up for the 11th August the day after the release of the new strip so bring on the band of Blue, Black and white peacocks proudly displaying their new plumage.

New coaching regime- check, new kit- check, pre-season fixtures- check, pre-season training- check now just one more announcement remaining........ Who will be captain fantastic to lead the army marching to an impending glory?



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Saturday, 21 July 2012

Guy Mercer is confident of Bath Rugby sevens success

Guy Mercer is confident Bath Rugby will be among the teams fighting for close- season silverware when The Rec hosts the JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Final next month.

Bath travel to Kingsholm next Thursday to take on Pool C rivals Gloucester, Worcester and Exeter, with the top two progressing to the August 3 showdown.



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Friday, 20 July 2012

Bath set to unleash Eastmond in 7s

Bath look set to unleash some of their pace men when they journey to Kingsholm on Thursday in the third leg of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series.

Bath reached the last stage of the tournament last year but failed to make the final with Newcastle downing Saracens to scoop the trophy. But with the final of this year's tournament due to be held at the Rec on August 3, Bath's CEO Nick Blofeld has revealed that they will field a strong side at Kingsholm on July 26 with one notable inclusion the rugby league convert Kyle Eastmond who looks to have a bright future in the XV code but missed much of last season through injury.


Thursday, 19 July 2012

A catch up with Toby Booth

Fresh back from Canada Toby Booth caught up with BRtv to chat about pre-season camps and how he's settling in at Bath Rugby

BRtv chat to 1st Team Coach Toby Booth from Bath Rugby on Vimeo.

Contact sessions to decide who will be Bath skipper

Bath Rugby's coaches are waiting to see who fronts up during forthcoming contact training sessions before confirming their skipper for the 2012-13 campaign.

While head coach Gary Gold and his four assistants have a good idea about who will take on the main leadership roles on the field, they are keen to see who leads by example before publicly announcing the appointments.


Saturday, 14 July 2012

Bath serious about Sevens

New Bath boss Gary Gold insists that he is looking a strong squad for the JP Morgan Premiership Rugby Sevens Series.

Bath are determined to do well in this seasons' competition, especially as the Rec will host the final on August 6.

To get to finals day, Bath will first have to finish in the top two of Pool C at Kingsholm on July 26 - with Gloucester, Exeter and Worcester also bidding to progress.

However whereas the competition has been used to develop younger players in the past, Gold has claimed he will be taking the Series seriously.

And that means Kyle Eastmond, Tom Biggs and Guy Mercer are all in the mix to play.


T.V. Picks confirmed for Aviva Premiership opening rounds

Following on from the announcement of the 2012/13 Aviva Premiership fixtures last week, we can now confirm the games in Rounds One to Eight that have been selected for television broadcasting.

Bath's opening game at the Recreation Ground on Saturday 8th September against London Wasps will be broadcast by ESPN, with the kick-off staying at our preferred 14.15 kick-off.

They will return to the Rec the following week to show the game against Northampton Saints, which will now take place on Friday 14th September, kick-off 19.45, and Sky Sports will be showing the derby game against Exeter Chiefs on Saturday 27th October, kick-off 14.30

The away trip to the old enemy Gloucester Rugby on Saturday 6th October will also be shown on ESPN, kicking off at 14.15.

Bath Rugby are aware that our Supporters favour a traditional Saturday afternoon kick off time and we will do what we can to achieve this. This is not always possible due to television coverage however we will continue to do what we can to ensure the majority of our home games are played on a Saturday afternoon.

Source: Bath Rugby

Thursday, 12 July 2012

This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby...

Matt Banahan faces a "massive" season as he plays for a contract and aims to fight his way back into the England squad.

The Bath Rugby back endured a lean patch following the 2011 World Cup, a rough spell which saw him miss out on the RBS 6 Nations after being dropped to the second-string England Saxons squad. Last week, England boss Stuart Lancaster omitted him entirely from his 64-man senior squads.

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Saturday, 7 July 2012

Bath Rugby players named in elite squads

Six Bath players have been named by England head coach Stuart Lancaster in the senior and England Saxons Elite Player squads.

New Bath signing Rob Webber is named in the senior squad, with Nick Abendanon, Tom Biggs, Nathan Catt, Carl Fearns and David Wilson selected for the Saxons squad.



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Friday, 6 July 2012

It's nearly game time!!

As it's edging ever closer to dusting of the hip flask, scarf, hat and mittens today we saw the release of the Aviva Premiership 2012/13 season.

A release of new fixtures always aides the pundits within us all and begin the speculations of how the campaign will pan out. Bath fans expectations are riding high as always, a crowd with an immense sense of belief. With the new coaching regime the support for the club is rife. Bath are stepping into unknown this season and the hope is to hit the ground running and build up morale so the momentum continues to flow.

Hard fought pre-season fixtures will ensure a good bond for the players and coaching staff. Hopefully developing a strong platform to lead them into a season that primarily could see a return to the dizzy heights of the upper quadrant of the table.

London Welsh now confirmed as a premiership side will try to demonstrate their right to be there. A good spring board for Bath Rugby to lead into the Welsh pairing of the Osprays and Cardiff Blues. Two strong welsh sides who would give any premiership side a hard fought battle. The pre-season fixtures are always important but seem so much more poignant this year, more the discovery of a team rather than an exhibition of rugby.



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Thursday, 5 July 2012

This weeks Chronicle articles on Bath Rugby

It is early days but already the Gold stamp is being put on Bath Rugby.

Head coach Gary Gold's decision to take his squad to a UK military base rather than the Algarve is indicative of a change of tack.
And it is part of a wider programme of changes that the players have encountered since they returned for training with a new man at the helm.

Gold has introduced a degree of analysis and measurement to sessions which the players have never previously encountered.

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Six Bath players in the EPS

Six Bath Rugby players have been named by England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster in the July 2012 Senior and England Saxons Elite Player Squads.

New signing Rob Webber is named in the Senior squad, with Nick Abendanon, Tom Biggs, Nathan Catt, Carl Fearns and David Wilson selected for the Saxons squad.


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Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Bath Rugby Aviva Premiership fixtures 2012/13

September 2012

September 1... Worcester A

September 8... London Wasps H

September 15... Northampton H

September 22... London Irish A

September 29... Sale H

October 2012

October 6... Gloucester A

October 27... Exeter H

November 2012

November 3... London Welsh A

November 24... Harlequins H

December 2012

December 1... Leicester A

December 22... Saracens H

December 29... Exeter A

January 2013

January 5... London Wasps A

February 2013

February 9...Worcester H

February 16... London Irish H

February 23... Northampton A

March 2013

March 2... Gloucester H

March 23... Sale A

March 30... London Welsh H

April 2013

April 13... Harlequins A

April 20... Leicester H

May 2013

May 4... Saracens A

Monday, 2 July 2012

Bath continuity will help results - Stuart Hooper

Bath captain Stuart Hooper tells BBC Points West that although there have been many changes within the backroom staff, a settled playing squad can only help them next season.

Hooper will be playing under new boss Gary Gold after a frustrating season under former director of rugby Sir Ian McGeechan saw the side finish eighth in the Premiership.

Bath also failed to progress out of their Heineken Cup group, but Hooper believes the side will improve on their displays next season.

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Sunday, 1 July 2012

Thanks to the Heroes

In the 2011/12 season we regrettably bid adieu to some old friends through retirement.

Regrettably Lewis Moody was forced to retire due to a string of injuries and felt he could no longer punish his body anymore. The inclement injury downfall at bath began when a knee ligament injury was sustained during the Bath fixture against Aironi, where Bath ran out victorious winning 56-16. Moody was ever hopeful he would be fit to run out for England in the 2011 six nations unfortunately this was not to be and missed the entire tournament.

While gaining fitness Martin Johnson stated if fit he would still represent England as captain at the world cup. Selected Moody travelled with the band of Roses down to New Zealand, much to the surprise of many. Following the world cup he announced his retirements from international rugby.

An injury peppered season for Bath followed and on march 6th 2012 he signed off from all rugby with immediate effect. Sadly leaving only small memories of genius in only his 15 appearances for Bath and the realisation that we never saw the true class of Moody grace the turf at the Rec.
A true legend with a glittering career including 223 caps for Tigers scoring 165pts, 15 caps for Bath and 5pts, 110 caps for England with 45pts also 5 lions capsgetting 5pts. Not to mention captaining his country and gaining a world cup winners and runners up medal. Not a bad little career.


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