Monday, 31 December 2012

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, 29 December 2012

Exeter Chiefs 12 Bath 12: match report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, 28 December 2012

Bath Rugby to make a move for Toby Faletau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bath Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs


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

Replacements

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


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Thursday, 27 December 2012

The deadline approaches, spread the word...

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

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

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

Hope this helps
David Beament

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Claassens off to Toulon!

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

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

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

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Preview: Exeter Chiefs v Bath Rugby

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

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

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

Source: Prem Rugby


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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Match report: BATH RUGBY 0 SARACENS 22

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

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

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

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

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Friday, 21 December 2012

Six Bath Rugby Players Extend Contracts

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

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

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


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Bath Rugby team to face Saracens

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

Replacements

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


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Thursday, 20 December 2012

Bath keen to bolster centre options

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Sky Sports


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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

The Future of the Rec Consultation “drop-in”

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

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

So for instance you may make points like;

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

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

Hope this helps

Dave Beament


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

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

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

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

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Monday, 17 December 2012

Aviva Premiership Rounds 14 – 17 confirmed

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

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

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

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

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


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Sunday, 16 December 2012

London Irish star Joseph is lined up for move to Bath

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

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

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

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

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

Sources: Daily Mail

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Saturday, 15 December 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, 14 December 2012

Bath Rugby team to face Calvisano

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

Replacements

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


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Thursday, 13 December 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, 9 December 2012

Bath Rugby complete Italian job with record European win

Match report: BATH RUGBY 67 CALVISANO 11

By Harry Abbott

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, 7 December 2012

Bath Rugby team to face Calvisano

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

Replacements

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


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Thursday, 6 December 2012

The Future of the Rec

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

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

Charity Commission
PO Box 1227
Liverpool, L69 3UG

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

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


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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Inconsistent RFU

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

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

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

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Lee Mears gets 2 weeks!

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

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


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Banners gets 3 weeks!

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

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

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

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Sunday, 2 December 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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