Friday, 27 December 2013

Bath Rugby team to face Northampton Saints

15. Anthony Watson
14. Horacio Agulla
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Martin Roberts
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. Anthony Perenise
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Matt Garvey
7. Francois Louw
8. Carl Fearns

Replacements

16. Eusebio Guinazu
17. Nathan Catt
18. Juan Pablo Orlandi
19. Dominic Day
20. Leroy Houston
21. Peter Stringer
22. Tom Heathcote
23. Nick Abendanon

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Friday, 20 December 2013

Bath Rugby team to face Harlequins

15. Anthony Watson
14. Horacio Agulla
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Peter Stringer
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. Anthony Perenise
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Matt Garvey
7. Francois Louw
8. Carl Fearns

Replacements

16. Eusebio Guinazu
17. Nathan Catt
18. Juan Pablo Orlandi
19. Dominic Day
20. Leroy Houston
21. Martin Roberts
22. Tom Heathcote
23. Ollie Devoto

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Thursday, 19 December 2013

Help us turn the Swift Half Blue, Black & White & get free beer!

We would like to give our matchday beer tent, The Swift Half, a bit of a makeover, and what better decoration to use than our supporters Bath Rugby shirts from yesteryear?

If you have a home or away jersey from a previous season, simply bring it down to the Swift Half (located in the Supporters Village on the outfield on a match day) and, if we don’t already have the same one, we will give you a FREE 4 pint jug of beer or cider!

Please note, we are unable to reveal which shirts are already in the Swift Half and we regret we cannot return any shirts used but promise they will take pride of place!

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Highlights: Aviva A League Final - Northampton Wanderers 20 - 29 Bath United

Bath United became Aviva A League Champions on Monday evening with a 20-29 victory over Northampton Wanderers at Franklin's Gardens.

As a special Christmas treat we've been able to get our hands on footage from the match so you can view all the trys.
Enjoy!

Watch here...


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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Bath United win the Aviva A League title

Neal Hatley hopes the momentum gathered from winning the Aviva A League final will benefit Bath ahead of a vital three weeks in the club's season.

Hatley's side were clinical in attack, scoring four tries through Tom Biggs, Gavin Henson, Charlie Beech and Richard Lane, while Tom Heathcote kicked nine points in a 29-20 victory over Northampton Wanderers at Franklin's Gardens.

The Wanderers, who trailed 17-3 at one point, responded through a Howard Packman score, a penalty try and ten points from the boot of Glenn Dickson, but it was not enough.

Northampton's Mike Haywood and Bath's Kane Palma-Newport were both sin-binned in the first half and Hatley believes the defensive display when down to 14 men proved to be the difference.

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Monday, 16 December 2013

Bath United team to face Northampton Wanderers

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Richard Lane
13. Max Clark
12. Gavin Henson
11. Tom Biggs
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Micky Young
1. Charlie Beech
2. Tom Dunn
3. Kane Palma-Newport ( c )
4. Charlie Ewels
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Tom Ellis
7. Mat Gilbert
8. Will Skuse

Replacements

16. Tom Woolstencroft
17. Adam Jamieson
18. Freddie Clarke
19. Max Northcote-Green
20. Chris Cook
21. Ollie Devoto
22. Marcus Beer

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Saturday, 14 December 2013

Friday, 13 December 2013

Bath Rugby team to face Rugby Mogliano


15. Anthony Watson
14. Richard Lane
13. Ollie Devoto
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Martin Roberts
1. Paul James
2. Eusebio Guinazu
3. Juan Pablo Orlandi
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dominic Day
6. Matt Garvey
7. Carl Fearns
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Rob Webber
17. Nathan Catt
18. David Wilson
19. Ryan Caldwell
20. Will Skuse
21. Peter Stringer
22. Tom Heathcote
23. Olly Woodburn

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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Rumoured Bath Rugby coaching target Steve McNamara to join Sydney Roosters

Rumoured Bath Rugby coaching target Steve McNamara has joined Australian NRL side Sydney Roosters, according to reports Down Under.

England rugby league boss McNamara had been linked with a position on Bath’s coaching staff in the wake of director of rugby Gary Gold’s departure earlier this week.

McNamara’s England contract expired after their semi-final exit to New Zealand at last month’s World Cup and he was rumoured to be weighing up a cross-code switch.

The 42-year-old is believed to have attended training sessions at Bath during the summer and is well known to head coach Mike Ford, himself a former rugby league player.

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Gold sacked, McNamara in as attack coach!?

The strange move was heralded last summer, when he was distanced from direct team affairs at Bath with the promotion to head coach of Mike Ford, England’s defence coach at the 2011 World Cup and father of Bath’s fly-half George.

That was described as a “restructure”, as is this latest turn of events.

“The decision was taken following a restructure of the rugby department and with the best interests of both Gary and the club in mind,” said a Bath statement, that can be interpreted as meaning there was no room at the Rec for both Gold, 47, and Ford.

Steve McNamara, coach of the England rugby league side, is set to join them as attack coach.

Source: Express

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Monday, 9 December 2013

Gary Gold leaves Bath Rugby!!

Bath Rugby can today confirm that Gary Gold has left the Club with immediate effect.
The decision was taken following a re-structure in the rugby department and with the best interests of both Gary and the Club in mind.

No further comment will be made until it is appropriate.

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Friday, 6 December 2013

Bath Rugby team to face Rugby Mogliano


15. Nick Abendanon ( c )
14. Richard Lane
13. Gavin Henson
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Olly Woodburn
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Micky Young
1. Nathan Catt
2. Eusebio Guinazu
3. Juan Pablo Orlandi
4. Dominic Day
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Will Skuse
7. Mat Gilbert
8. Carl Fearns

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Anthony Perenise
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Matt Garvey
20. Leroy Houston
21. Martin Roberts
22. Ollie Devoto
23. Tom Biggs

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Thursday, 5 December 2013

Sunday, 1 December 2013

"We found a way to win tough Exeter test," says Bath Rugby head coach Mike Ford

Head coach Mike Ford was delighted with Bath Rugby’s 21-16 Aviva Premiership win over local rivals Exeter Chiefs yesterday after seeing his side pushed to their absolute limits.

Exeter enjoyed prolonged periods of territory and possession at The Rec and crossed the whitewash twice, through second-rows Damian Welch and Dean Mumm.

All of Bath’s points came from the boot of fly-half George Ford, who kicked six from six from the tee as well as adding a drop goal.

Ford senior praised his side’s ability to find a way to win as third-placed Bath further enhanced their Premiership play-off credentials.

“It was a good game for the neutral but at times rugby doesn’t go all your way. You’ve got to tough it out and find a way to win – and we did that today,” said Ford.



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Friday, 29 November 2013

Bath Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs

15. Anthony Watson
14. Horacio Agulla
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Ollie Devoto
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Peter Stringer
1. Nathan Catt
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Dominic Day
5. Dave Attwood
6. Matt Garvey
7. Francois Louw ( c )
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Paul James
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Ryan Caldwell
20. Carl Fearns
21. Martin Roberts
22. Tom Heathcote
23. Nick Abendanon

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Bath United power through to A League final




Bath United powered into the Aviva A League Final with a convincing 39-21 win over the Sale Jets this evening at the Recreation Ground.

United were greeted by a 6000 strong capacity crowd at the Rec - a record for a home A league fixture - and were quick to gain an early advantage through some great attacking play. Olly Woodburn and Richard Lane combined on the right wing at first, before the ball was spread wide across the pitch. Kyle Eastmond fed Tom Biggs, who burst down the left wing, passing the ball back inside to Eastmond who flew over the line after only a minute on the clock. Tom Heathcote was on target with his first attempt at goal to add to the extra two points. 7-0.

From the restart United were on the attack again and after some patient build up play, Tom Dunn peeled off the back of a great driving maul to dart over. Heathcote was again on song with the conversion attempt. 14-0.

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Monday, 25 November 2013

Bath United team to face Sale Jets

15. Richard Lane
14. Olly Woodburn
13. Max Clark
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Tom Biggs
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Chris Cook
1. Charlie Beech
2. Tom Dunn
3. Kane Palma-Newport (capt)
4. Will Spencer
5. Charlie Ewels
6. Tom Ellis
7. David Sisi
8. Will Skuse

Replacements

16. Tom Woolstencroft
17. Jake Caulfield
18. Adam Jamieson
19. Freddie Clarke
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Sunday, 24 November 2013

Aviva Premiership table looking good!





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London Wasps 5 Bath Rugby 28

Two tries from Semesa Rokoduguni saw Bath Rugby emphatically end London Wasps' 100 per cent home record in the Aviva Premiership as they came away from Adams Park with a 28-5 victory.

Wasps had so far been unbeatable at home however Bath arrived in the capital confident of changing all that having won their last six games in all competitions.

And after George Ford had got the visitors on the board with a penalty and a drop goal winger Rokoduguni popped up with his first try of the game just before half-time to hand Bath an 11-0 lead at the interval.

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Friday, 22 November 2013

Bath Rugby team to face London Wasps


15. Nick Abendanon
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Ollie Devoto
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Peter Stringer
1. Nathan Catt
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Matt Garvey
7. Carl Fearns
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Charlie Beech
18. Juan Pablo Orlandi
19. Dominic Day
20. Mat Gilbert
21. Martin Roberts
22. Tom Heathcote
23. Anthony Watson

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Thursday, 21 November 2013

BT Sport lives matches for Rounds 13-16

The full list of live television matches in Rounds 13-16 are:

Friday 7 February (7.45pm) - Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers
Saturday 8 February (7pm) - Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints
Sunday 9 February (1pm) - Harlequins v London Wasps
Friday 14 February (7.45pm) - Sale Sharks v Saracens
Saturday 15 February (3.15pm) - Exeter Chiefs v Bath Rugby
Sunday 16 February (2pm) - Leicester Tigers v Gloucester Rugby
Sunday 23 February (1pm) - London Irish v Leicester Tigers
Sunday 23 February (3.15pm) - Saracens v Exeter Chiefs
Friday 28 February (7.45pm) - Bath Rugby v Saracens
Saturday 1 March (3.15pm) - Northampton Saints v Gloucester Rugby
Sunday 2 March (2pm) - Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers

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Monday, 18 November 2013

Bath sitting pretty at the top of Group 3





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LV= Cup: Neal Hatley praises 'hungry' Bath after win over Exeter

Bath forwards coach Neal Hatley was impressed by his side's enthusiasm in the 37-15 LV= Cup victory over Exeter.

The hosts made a flying start at the Rec with early tries from Matt Banahan and Matt Garvey putting them in command before further touchdowns by Martin Roberts and Charlie Beech sealed a bonus-point success.

"I think we did look hungry," Hatley said. "That's what competition for places does. That healthy competition means that every single opportunity, they're going to have to take with both hands.

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Saturday, 16 November 2013

Bath Rugby Statement

Contrary to current reports, Bath Rugby can confirm that Kyle Eastmond is still in contract with the Club and is very much part of the squad.

An incident arose at the Sale game last Friday which has led to an internal investigation, but this has been dealt with and both parties have put the matter behind them.

The Club will be making no further comment on this matter.

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Friday, 15 November 2013

Bath Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs


15. Nick Abendanon
14. Anthony Watson
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Ollie Devoto
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Martin Roberts
1. Nathan Catt
2. Rob Webber
3. Juan Pablo Orlandi
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Matt Garvey
7. Carl Fearns
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Charlie Beech
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Dominic Day
20. Mat Gilbert
21. Chris Cook
22. Tom Heathcote
23. Tom Biggs

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Thursday, 14 November 2013

Bath Rugby reveal first images of The Rec's new look

Bath Rugby today unveiled the first images showing what its new arena at The Rec would look like.

The long-awaited artists' impressions are of a 16,500-capacity stadium which would transform the club's outdated facilities and open up a key stretch of riverside.

The club expects to submit a planning application in the next few months and is staging a new round of consultation events to gauge reaction to its vision this week.

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Monday, 11 November 2013

Bath Rugby set to unveil new arena designs


Bath Rugby will unveil the long-awaited designs for its new arena at the Club's second consultation event.

The Club held its first consultation regarding the future of its facilities at The Rec over two days in September. Over 1,000 members of the public attended to view initial proposals and leave their feedback.

The second consultation will give people the chance to see artist impressions and plans of the new arena and leave feedback about the design proposals. Members of the public are invited to attend on Friday 15th November from 12pm-7pm at The Guildhall, and on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th from 11am-4pm at The Recreation Ground.

The Club's last public consultation found great support for the redevelopment of the existing facilities at the Rec with 95% of survey respondents agreeing that it is important to upgrade the facilities at the Rec for the benefit of all users.


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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Dominic Day with the knee slide...

The 80min winning try by Dave Attwood. Just as impressive the Dominic Day knee slide followed by cramp.... Try not to laugh!

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Saturday, 9 November 2013

Bath Rugby seal dramatic late win at Sale Sharks

Bath Rugby sealed a dramatic late 20-27 victory against Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium tonight, with the winning try scored in the 80th minute.
The first half was an even display, starting with a Joe Ford penalty for the Sharks three minutes after the opening whistle.

Bath did very well to keep Sale out in the first quarter, the home side exerting pressure with the ball in hand. Nonetheless, the visitors kept their nerve in defence – not least out wide, where Tom Biggs showed precision and force in the tackle.

The key moment for Bath came on 24 minutes, after Shark fly-half Ford was deemed to have made his clearance kick from outside his 22. Suddenly the visitors had the invite their forwards had been waiting for, the resulting maul guzzling up yards patiently until Anthony Perenise touched down amidst the mass of bodies in the in-goal area. Tom Heathcote converted to make it 3-7.

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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Bath Rugby team to face Sale Sharks


15. Nick Abendanon ( c )
14. Richard Lane
13. Ollie Devoto
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Tom Biggs
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Martin Roberts
1. Nathan Catt
2. Ross Batty
3. Anthony Perenise
4. Dominic Day
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Will Skuse
7. Mat Gilbert
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn
17. Charlie Beech
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. David Attwood
20. Nick Koster
21. Chris Cook
22. Matt Banahan
23. Anthony Watson

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Saturday, 2 November 2013

Worcester 6 Bath 21: Perenise powers visitors into second place

Worcester are still searching for their first Premiership win of the season after Bath condemned them to their seventh consecutive loss.

The Warriors already appear doomed to relegation as they now find themselves eight points adrift at the foot of the table with their nearest rivals, Gloucester and London Irish, both having home games to come this weekend and with it a chance to extend their advantage.
In the incessant rain, Bath were more streetwise than their opponents and took their chances whereas Worcester did not.

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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Bath Rugby team to face Worcester Warriors

15. Anthony Watson
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Peter Stringer
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. Anthony Perenise
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Will Spencer
6. Matt Garvey
7. Francois Louw
8. Carl Fearns

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18. Juan Pablo Orlandi
19. Dominic Day
20. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
21. Martin Roberts
22. Gavin Henson
23. Horacio Agulla

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England team V Australia - 2 Bath boys on the bench

England (v Australia, QBE International, Saturday, 2.30pm, Twickenham Stadium, live on Sky Sports 2 HD & 3D)

15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 18 caps)
14 Chris Ashton (Saracens, 34 caps)
13 Joel Tomkins (Saracens, uncapped)
12 Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby, 5 caps)
11 Marland Yarde (London Irish, 1 cap)
10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 16 caps)
9 Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints, 9 caps)
1 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 9 caps)
2 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 9 caps)
3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 40 caps)
4 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 11 caps)
5 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 22 caps)
6 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 20 caps)
7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt, 17 caps)
8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 2 caps)

Replacements

16 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 47 caps)
17 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 12 caps)
18 David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 28 caps)
19 Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby, 4 caps)
20 Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 12 caps)
21 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 33 caps)
22 Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers, 57 caps)
23 Ben Foden (Northampton Saints, 32 caps)

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Bath Rugby duo Dave Attwood and Davey Wilson confirmed in England 23 to face Australia

Bath Rugby duo Dave Attwood and Davey Wilson have been confirmed in the England matchday squad to take on Australia in Saturday’s opening QBE International at Twickenham.

The pair will remain with the final 23-man squad at Pennyhill Park this week as they undertake the final preparations for the game.

Bath’s Kyle Eastmond and Rob Webber were among 11 players sent back to their clubs last night and are free to play in Friday night’s Aviva Premiership clash at Worcester Warriors.

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Sunday, 27 October 2013

Aviva Premiership table after 6 rounds

Bath Rugby sit 3rd after Round 6, and don't forget to remind the Glaws fans that they are 11th :)



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Saturday, 26 October 2013

Bath 15 Gloucester 13: Davies rotation backfires as Ford helps hosts to victory

Nigel Davies saw his rotation plans backfire as George Ford kicked Bath into second place in the Aviva Premiership table.

Gloucester coach Davies had left out several key players from his side in last weekend’s Heineken Cup trip to Munster with the aim of keeping them fresh for the West Country derby.

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Thursday, 24 October 2013

Bath Rugby team to face Gloucester Rugby


15. Anthony Watson
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Peter Stringer
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. Anthony Perenise
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Matt Garvey
7. Francois Louw
8. Carl Fearns

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18. Juan Pablo Orlandi
19. Will Spencer
20. Alafoti Fa’osiliva
21. Martin Roberts
22. Gavin Henson
23. Horacio Agulla


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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

England release Bath Rugby duo Dave Attwood and Kyle Eastmond ahead of Gloucester clash

Dave Attwood and Kyle Eastmond could both feature for Bath Rugby in Friday night’s Aviva Premiership derby against Gloucester after being released from England duty today.

Lock Attwood and centre Eastmond have been at a training camp with Stuart Lancaster’s national squad this week but the duo are among the ten players who will return to their clubs this weekend.

Their release, however, does not automatically mean they will miss out on selection for the first of England’s QBE internationals against Australia on Saturday, November 2.

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Saturday, 19 October 2013

Amlin Cup group table after 2 rounds




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Bath Rugby top Amlin Challenge Cup group with win over Dragons

Bath Rugby ensured their winning start to their European campaign continued with a determined 26-10 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons at the Rec this afternoon.

The win sees them finish the first two rounds at the top of Pool Two in the Amlin Challenge Cup, three points clear of today’s opponents.

The home side started brightly, but Tom Heathcote’s early shot at goal skewed just wide of the posts from a difficult angle.
The miss didn’t deter Bath though, and they kept up the pressure in the Newport half and after some patient build-up and quick passing along the back line, Academy winger Richard Lane found himself in plenty of space to gallop over the line unopposed. Heathcote was on target with the conversion taking the score to 7-0 after seven minutes.

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Friday, 18 October 2013

Bath Rugby team to face Newport


15. Nick Abendanon ( c )
14. Richard Lane
13. Matt Banahan
12. Gavin Henson
11. Tom Biggs
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Martin Roberts
1. Anthony Perenise
2. Ross Batty
3. David Wilson
4. Will Spencer
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Will Skuse
7. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
8. Carl Fearns

Replacements

16. Eusebio Guinazu
17. Paul James
18. Juan Pablo Orlandi
19. Stuart Hooper
20. Mat Gilbert
21. Peter Stringer
22. George Ford
23. Jonathan Joseph


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Sunday, 13 October 2013

European campaign off to winning start for Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby got their Amlin Challenge Cup campaign off to a winning start tonight with an edgy 6-15 win over Bordeaux-Begles.

Bordeaux were quick to try and exert some early pressure on the game, taking play right up to the Bath try-line, but the defence held steady. They made their own forays into Bordeaux territory, and a powerful run from Will Spencer through the midfield led to the first points of the night when the home side were pinged for not rolling away. George Ford stepped up to land the penalty, giving the visitors an early lead. 0-3.

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Friday, 11 October 2013

Bath Rugby team to face Bordeaux-Bègles


15 Gavin Henson
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Ben Williams
11 Tom Biggs
10 George Ford
9 Martin Roberts
8 Carl Fearns
7 Francois Louw (c)
6 Alafoti Fa'osiliva
5 Will Spencer
4 Matt Garvey
3 David Wilson
2 Ross Batty
1 Anthony Perenise

Replacements

16 Eusebio Guinazu
17 Paul James
18 Juan Pablo Orlandi
19 Ryan Caldwell
20 Will Skuse
21 Peter Stringer
22 Ollie Devoto
23 Tom Heathcote


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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Bath Rugby prop Charlie Beech joins Leeds Carnegie on loan

Bath Rugby prop Charlie Beech has joined Leeds Carnegie on loan.

The 26-year-old is in his third season at The Rec but has yet to appear for Bath’s first team this season.

Beech joined up with the Greene King IPA Championship side this week following injuries in their front row and could be back in the South West as early as Saturday, when Leeds kick-off their British & Irish Cup game campaign at Bristol.

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Tom Biggs to leave Bath Rugby for Hull FC at the end of the season

Tom Biggs is to leave Bath Rugby at the end of the season and make a cross-code switch to join Super League side Hull FC.

Rumours linking Biggs with a move first arose a month ago when Hull owner Adam Pearson revealed his club were chasing a rugby union player with international experience.

Bath head coach Mike Ford moved quickly to quash the reports but the club has now confirmed Hull-born Biggs’ exit, with the former England Saxons winger heading north next summer.

“Hull approached me and I’m very excited to have the chance to try my hand at league, and especially with my local club,” said the 29-year-old.

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Sunday, 6 October 2013

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Bath Rugby beaten as superb Sale Sharks show their teeth

MATCH REPORT: Sale Sharks 19 Bath Rugby 13

Bath Rugby fell to a disappointing Aviva Premiership defeat against a determined Sale Sharks side this evening.

The visitors had several chances to win the match in the second half at The AJ Bell Stadium but the lack of cutting edge – coupled with a dogged Sharks defensive display – ensured they all went begging.

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Thursday, 3 October 2013

Bath Rugby team to face Sale Sharks


15. Ollie Devoto
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Tom Biggs
10. George Ford
9. Peter Stringer
1. Paul James
2. Ross Batty
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Will Spencer
6. Matt Garvey
7. Guy Mercer
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn
17. Anthony Perenise
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Carl Fearns
20. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
21. Martin Roberts
22. Ben Williams
23. Gavin Henson


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Monday, 30 September 2013

Bath aiming for more Euro silverware

Bath and England full back Nick Abendanon still cherishes the day he got his hands on the Amlin Challenge Cup - and he wants to do it again.

Five years on and he believes the west country club are rounding into the kind of form that could see them challenge for a third major European title when they lunch their 2013/14 Pool 2 campaign in France against Bordeaux-Begles on Sunday, 12 October.

Bath took 29 out of a possible 30 points in their Pool matches last year before bowing out in the quarter-finals to Stade Francais Paris, 36-20 at The Recreation Ground. If that was a tough day at the office for the home side, it was also a lesson learned.

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Bath United team to face Exeter Braves


15. Marcus Beer
14. Saeed Agboke
13. Ben Williams
12. Tom Heathcote
11. Tom Biggs
10. Gavin Henson
9. Micky Young
1. Charlie Beech
2. Tom Dunn
3. Kane Palma-Newport (c)
4. Will Spencer
5. Charlie Ewells
6. Will Skuse
7. Mat Gilbert
8. Carl Fearns

Replacements

16. Tom Woolstencroft
17. Greig Palmer
18. Adam Jamieson
19. Tom Ellis
20. Max Northcote-Green
21. Martin Roberts
22. Pete Laverick
23. George Trick



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Sunday, 29 September 2013

Bath Rec redevelopment

Proposals to develop the home of Bath Rugby go on show on Friday lunchtime.

The club wants to demolish and rebuild the west stand and clubhouse to bring the facilities at the Rec up to premiership and international standard.

It is holding consultation events at the Rec on Friday and Saturday before coming up with a planning application later this year.

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Aviva Premiership Table after Round 4

Bath sitting in 4th place after round 4


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Saturday, 28 September 2013

Next round of BT sport coverage of the Aviva Premiership

Round 8
Friday 22 November (7.45pm) - Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors
Saturday 23 November (3.15pm) - Northampton Saints v Newcastle Falcons
Sunday 24 November (2pm) - London Wasps v Bath Rugby

Round 9
Friday 29 November (7.45pm) - Gloucester Rugby v Leicester Tigers
Saturday 30 November (3.15pm) - Bath Rugby v Exeter Chiefs
Sunday 1 December (2.30pm) - Newcastle Falcons v Harlequins

Round10
Friday 20 December (7.45pm) - Sale Sharks v London Irish
Saturday 21 December (3.15pm) - Saracens v Leicester Tigers
Sunday 22 December (2pm) - Gloucester Rugby v Worcester Warriors

Round 11
Friday 27 December (7.45pm) - Newcastle Falcons v London Wasps
Saturday 28 December (4pm) - Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs
Saturday 29 December (2pm) - London Irish v Gloucester Rugby

Round 12
Friday 3 January (7.45pm) - Northampton Saints v Harlequins
Saturday 4 January (3.15pm) - Gloucester Rugby v Saracens
Sunday 5 January (2pm) - Leicester Tigers v Bath Rugby

"Live TV Audiences are booming in Aviva Premiership Rugby, up 130% on the first two weekends compared to a year earlier.
Hayes added: "The first two weekends with BT Sport were a big success. The figures prove the huge interest in Aviva Premiership Rugby and we are delighted to see all of the hard work delivering results."


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Friday, 27 September 2013

Bath Rugby team to face London Irish


15. Anthony Watson
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Peter Stringer
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Dominic Day
5. Dave Attwood ( c )
6. Matt Garvey
7. Guy Mercer
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Anthony Perenise
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Stuart Hooper
20. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
21. Martin Roberts
22. Ollie Devoto
23. Tom Biggs


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Sunday, 22 September 2013

Bath Rugby fall to first defeat of the season

Bath Rugby succumbed to their first defeat of the season at Allianz Park this afternoon, losing 31-17 to a determined Saracens.

The first points of the game came from a penalty awarded to Saracens after Bath were judged to have not rolled away at the ruck close to their own posts, fly-half Owen Farrell taking the simple kick to make it 3-0 to the home side.

Saracens knocked on at the restart, under pressure from the oncoming Bath defenders. A sustained series of attacks on the home tryline – a position which came from a powerful burst from outside centre Matt Banahan – resulted in a penalty to Bath in front of the posts, which fly-half Tom Heathcote duly converted. 3-3.

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Friday, 20 September 2013

Bath Rugby team to face Saracens


15. Anthony Watson
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Matt Banahan
12. Gavin Henson
11. Tom Biggs
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Martin Roberts
1. Anthony Perenise
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dominic Day
6. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
7. Guy Mercer
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn
17. Paul James
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Dave Attwood
20. Matt Garvey
21. Micky Young
22. George Ford
23. Jonathan Joseph


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Sunday, 15 September 2013

Premiership Table after Round 2

Bath Rugby up to 3rd! :)



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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Match Reaction: Bath Rugby 27 Leicester Tigers 20

Bath Rugby head coach Mike Ford was quick to praise all of his side and not just son and fly-half George Ford after a 27-20 victory over Leicester Tigers to mark the 100th anniversary of the fixture.

Ford junior, who moved to Bath from the Tigers in the summer, kicked 17 points while first-half tries from Jonathan Joseph and Matt Banahan ensured the West Country side made it two wins from two in the Aviva Premiership this season.

Bath moved into a 21-3 lead at half-time, taking advantage of Leicester being reduced to 13 men with both Logovi'i Mulipola and Tom Youngs sent to the sin bin.

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Bath Rugby take Centenary spoils

The 100th anniversary of the first match ever played between Bath Rugby and Leicester Tigers ended in the most dramatic of fashions as Bath held off a second-half fight back from the visitors to clinch a 27-20 win in front of a packed Recreation Ground.

Both sides failed in their first attempts at goal, but Tigers' French scrum-half David Mele was more successful with his second, giving the visitors the early lead. On the restart, tighthead prop Dan Cole knocked on attempting to steal the loose ball. A strong Bath scrum won a second shot at goal for Ford, who made sure this one was straight and true. 3-3.

On 21 minutes, and to rapturous applause from the home crowd, Jonathan Joseph broke Tigers' hopes of a try after intercepting a Ryan Lamb pass in his own half and gliding through the defence and all the way under the posts. Ford's conversion made it 10-3.
Bath were on the attack once more when the Tigers loosehead, Logovi'I Mulipola, was yellow carded for a shoulder charge on lock Dave Attwood. It wasn't long until the dominant Bath pack won a shot at goal with another strong scrummage – Ford punishing Tigers' indiscipline with a further three points to go ahead 13-3.

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Friday, 13 September 2013

Bath Rugby team to face Leicester Tigers


15. Anthony Watson
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Gavin Henson
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Peter Stringer
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Matt Garvey
7. Guy Mercer
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Dominic Day
20. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
21. Micky Young
22. Tom Heathcote
23. Tom Biggs


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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Biggs rumours not true - Ford

Bath coach Mike Ford has poured cold water on the rumours that England Saxons wing Tom Biggs is in line to move to rugby league outfit Hull FC.

The 29-year-old back was on Tuesday linked with a switch to his hometown club, with local reports from the Hull Daily Mail suggesting the transfer.

Ford, however, has quickly put an end to such talk, saying that finisher Biggs is going nowhere.

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Consultation over new plans for the Rec

Bath Rugby can confirm that we will hold two consultation events at the end of September before submitting a planning application for any development at the Recreation Ground.

The consultation events will be on Friday 27th September from 12noon to 19.00 and Saturday 28th September from 12noon to 18.00 in a marquee at The Rec.
While it is intended that the matchday capacity will be increased within the existing footprint used by the Club, the most notable improvement will be to the appearance of The Rec and the facilities on offer, which currently fall far below Premiership, not to mention international, standards.
A design team made up of Wilkinson Eyre Architects, city engineering consultants Buro Happold, environmental design firm Nicholas Pearson Associates, law firm Withy King, Boyer Planning and project management specialist Capita Symonds have been tasked with drawing up detailed proposals to incorporate the space within our existing footprint. From this, we will look to submit a planning application late in the year following consultation with the public.

The East Stand will continue to be a temporary stand that is removed each summer to allow the Rec to be used for other sport, leisure and cultural events. The West Stand, North Terrace and Clubhouse will be demolished and redeveloped to vastly improve the three permanent stands.

At this stage, there will be no images of what an arena would look like, but information will include a site plan showing the overall size of the proposed development.

Chief Executive Nick Blofeld said: "This new facility is for the use of the whole city, with the rugby ground and home of Bath Rugby just one of many functions. With that in mind, it is appropriate that we consult the people of Bath in the process of drawing up a design to be submitted as a planning application. The Rec is one of the most recognised grounds in world rugby, with Bath Rugby having played there since 1894. We celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2015 and it is fitting that these plans are now being worked up ahead of that historic milestone."

Source: Bath Rugby


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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Bath United over-power Wasps A

Bath United opened their Aviva Premiership A League account with a 36-16 win over the visiting London Wasps A.

United scored four tries to Wasps' two in a back-and-forth encounter that was won by sheer dint of the home side's ability to make the most of the opportunities presented to them.
Wasps fly-half Joe Carlisle's successful ninth-minute penalty kick saw an immediate response from the United backs. Captain Kane Palma-Newport, a constant thorn in Wasps' side, was quick to turn-over a loose ball, which was spun wide by inside centre Gavin Henson to his outside man Max Clark.

Fullback Ludi Hopkinson perfectly judged the line through which to take Clark's soft pass, drawing the last man in Wasps' defence to pop to rampaging wing Tom Biggs, who hared under the posts to score the opening try. With fly-half Tom Heathcote successfully converting, it was 7-3 to United.

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Sunday, 8 September 2013

Matt Garvey wants more of the same from mentors after Bath Rugby move

Matt Garvey says the opportunity to link up with mentors Toby Booth and Neal Hatley was one the new Bath Rugby recruit could not turn down.

Garvey is one of four players to arrive at The Rec from London Irish ahead of the new campaign, with Jonathan Joseph, Anthony Watson and David Sisi also heading west along the M4.

The 25-year-old got his first taste of Aviva Premiership action in the 2009-10 season, just months after former head coach Booth had led Irish to the Grand Final.

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Bath Rugby scrum-half Peter Stringer still going strong

Peter Stringer may have just endured his 16th pre-season training programme as a professional but the Bath Rugby scrum-half has no plans for it to be his last.

The 98-cap Ireland international first arrived at The Rec in January, a month after turning 35, signing on a short-term loan deal as injury cover for Michael Claassens.

Stringer hit the ground running, scoring two tries on debut in an LV= Cup victory over Exeter and Claassens struggled to displace him from the team upon returning to full fitness.

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Saturday, 7 September 2013

Newcastle 0 Bath 21: A grim return to the top for Richards in season opener

Dean Richard's Aviva Premiership comeback was wrecked by Bath at Kingston Park, as the opening game of the new season turned into a particularly damp squib.

Newcastle’s director of rugby had waited four years for this special occasion after serving his Bloodgate ban and re-surfacing in the second tier of the English game 12 months ago.

Yet it was a grim match in filthy conditions, watched by a meagre crowd of 4,616, and there was no fairy-tale script for Richards as his promoted side were emphatically beaten in an arm-wrestle encounter.

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Friday, 6 September 2013

A few extras tonight on BT sport...

A few extra to coverage for tonight's Bath game...

Cameras in dressing rooms

Introduction of kicking tee camera and lineout cam

Pre-match pitch walk, featuring interviews with players

In-match interviews with directors of rugby

Half-time player interviews


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Thursday, 5 September 2013

Gary Gold: Bath boss wants 'attacking' style for new season

Bath director of rugby Gary Gold says fans can expect an attacking brand of rugby from his side this season.

The West Country outfit finished seventh in the Premiership last term and had the second-best defensive record in the league, behind Saracens.
But Gold, now in his second season at the Rec, says their focus will now be on their forward performance.

"Last year we wanted to look at our basics, to lay a foundation," he told BBC Points West.
"We want to play an exciting brand of attacking rugby and add a couple more strings to our bow.

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Bath Rugby team to face Newcastle Falcons


15. Anthony Watson
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Peter Stringer
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Matt Garvey
7. Mat Gilbert
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Dominic Day
20. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
21. Micky Young
22. Gavin Henson
23. Tom Biggs


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Monday, 2 September 2013

BATH RUGBY PLAYERS LAUNCH THE “CHILDREN’S CHALLENGE”

Bath Rugby has launched a new initiative to inspire more children in the local community to lead fitter, healthier and more active lifestyles.

The Bath Rugby Children’s Challenge is a set of fitness challenges created by the players aimed at girls and boys, aged up to 15 years. Members of the squad have set targets for the children to reach and have also taken part in the challenges so that the children can benchmark their results against them. The challenge is part of a wider Bath Rugby initiative which sees the launch of a new Junior Membership Club.

Mike Ford, Head Coach at Bath Rugby hopes to inspire as many as 10,000 children to get involved with the initiative in the first year and said “As a Club we are very much involved with the local community. While we rely on the fans supporting us on a match day we also like to give back and support the community either by fundraising or by lending a helping hand where needed. Children all over the UK need encouragement and outlets like this if we are to steer them away from a culture that revolves around the TV and the sofa! We see this initiative as a key part of Bath Rugby’s legacy to help inspire children in our local communities and that is why we have launched our Junior Membership Club. We are passionate about increasing our engagement with kids all over the region and helping them to be active.”

Ford added “The players are very much behind the challenges and have chosen some non-rugby related ones to appeal to girls and boys of all ages and interests. The keepie-uppies one is my personal favourite, some of the players find this really hard and certainly need the practise.”

The Bath Rugby Children’s challenges are:-

To sprint 50m as fast as Tom Biggs - set a time on the 50 m sprint challenge

Hula Hoop longer than Dave Attwood

Do as many “keepie-uppies” with a rugby ball as Matt Banahan

Take the Kyle Eastmond quick feet challenge

Kick a ball between two cones like Tom Heathcote



Participation in the Bath Rugby Children’s Challenge is free. Children should register online at www.bathrugby.com/fans/jmc to become member of Bath Rugby’s new Junior Membership Club. The challenges will be set up on the Recreation Ground in the outfield at each home game throughout the season. Spot prizes will be awarded for effort and a leader board maintained throughout the season.
















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Sunday, 1 September 2013

Bath Rugby allay Kyle Eastmond injury fears ahead of Aviva Premiership opener

First-team coach Neal Hatley expects Kyle Eastmond to shake off an ankle injury and be fit for Bath Rugby’s Aviva Premiership opener at Newcastle Falcons next Friday.

The England centre limped off with 15 minutes to play as Bath rounded off their pre-season friendly programme with a 27-10 victory over Ospreys at The Rec last night.

Eastmond appeared in some discomfort after getting his leg trapped under a ruck but forwards boss Hatley says the problem does not look as bad as first feared and it should not keep him out of next week’s trip to Kingston Park.

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Bath Rugby switch is no problem for Leroy Houston

He may be yet to play a competitive game for Bath Rugby but life at The Rec is already pretty rosy for Leroy Houston.

Eight years ago, the New Zealand-born back rower was one of the hottest properties in Super Rugby with Waratahs and was called up to tour with Australia at the age of 18.

Although he missed out on a senior cap, he appeared for the Wallabies at age-group level before switching to Queensland Reds in 2008.

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Friday, 30 August 2013

Bath Rugby overcome Ospreys in pre-season finale

Bath Rugby overcame Ospreys 27-10 in front of a hearty crowd at the Rec on a drizzling Friday evening in the Club's final pre-season fixture.

Bath Rugby had named a strong squad ahead of the tie, with Ospreys responding in kind. A combative start from the home side resulted in a successful penalty kick from fly-half George Ford in the opening minutes.
Ospreys knocked on at the resulting restart, with Bath's scrum on the visiting side's 22 almost leading to an early try by wing Semesa Rokoduguni after some super interlinking play. A ruck formed near Ospreys' try line saw another penalty in Bath's favour and Ford, in a bid to keep the early hope of a try alive, opted to kick for touch.

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Bath Rugby team to face Ospreys tonight...


15. Ollie Devoto
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Peter Stringer
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Matt Garvey
7. Guy Mercer
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Dominic Day
20. Mat Gilbert
21. Martin Roberts
22. Tom Heathcote
23. Anthony Watson

Players with no number

Tom Biggs
Micky Young
Alafoti Fa'osiliva


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Thursday, 29 August 2013

Bath Rugby agree loan move for Koster

Bath Rugby can confirm that 24-year-old back rower Nick Koster has been signed on a season-long loan by Bristol Rugby.

The athletically gifted Koster, who scored a wonderful solo try on his debut against Calvisano last season, joined Bath Rugby from Western Province in October 2012.

Director of Rugby, Gary Gold, said: "Nick will thrive for Bristol in what is an increasingly competitive Championship. We are lucky at Bath Rugby to have so many experienced back rowers at the moment, so we knew Nick's development would be best served somewhere he would get regular game time. Fortunately for us, he won't be too far away from Bath to be called upon should the need arise."

Source: Bath Rugby

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Bath Rugby's new signing...

Meet Max, the Junior Membership Club icon...



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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Gavin Henson issued drink warning by Bath Rugby

Gavin Henson has been warned he could be on his way out of Bath Rugby if he is spotted drinking again.

The Wales international was knocked out by team-mate Carl Fearns in the Pig and Fiddle pub in the city centre last month after a club night out.

Both players were fined and given warnings by the club following the incident and Bath head coach Mike Ford told The Independent a repeat of any such behaviour could see 31-year-old Henson heading for the exit door at The Rec.

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Hooper continues as Bath Rugby captain

Bath Rugby are delighted to confirm that Stuart Hooper will continue as Club Captain for the 2013/14 season.

An integral member of the squad, Stuart, who made his 100th appearance in the Blue, Black and White last season, is a natural choice for the armband, and will head up a core group of leaders within the squad, as Gary Gold, Director of Rugby, explains.
"Stuart is a consummate professional, both on and off the pitch, and is the embodiment of the standards we expect of all the players here at Bath. His work ethic is second to none, he's a very intelligent player and he talks very well. His leadership qualities are unquestioned, and he has the utmost respect of all the players and staff at the Club.

"We are fortunate to have some very strong leaders within the squad, with the likes of Rob Webber, Dave Attwood, Peter Stringer, Francois Louw and Paul James. They, along with Stuart, will form our leadership group for the season, making sure that the high standards we set ourselves on and off the pitch are met."
Stuart added: "I am of course delighted and honoured to be asked by Gary and the coaches to captain Bath for another season. We have a very exciting squad here that I am very proud to lead, and we are all looking forward to getting out on the pitch and getting the season underway."

Source: Bath Rugby

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Monday, 26 August 2013

'We must be more clinical,' says Bath Rugby hooker Rob Webber

Rob Webber says Friday night’s pre-season defeat at Newport Gwent Dragons has shown Bath Rugby they need to have more of a cutting edge in the final third of the field.

The visitors had plenty of territory and possession in the second half at Rodney Parade but had just a converted try and penalty to show for their efforts.

Dragons, meanwhile, rarely threatened the Bath tryline but five successful kicks saw them turn a 10-7 half-time deficit into a 22-20 victory.

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Sunday, 25 August 2013

Toby Booth encouraged by Bath Rugby's improved away display despite Dragons defeat

First-team coach Toby Booth says Bath Rugby can take plenty of encouragement from last night’s 22-20 pre-season defeat at Newport Gwent Dragons as they continue to prepare for the Aviva Premiership opener.

Bath get their season under way with a trip to newly-promoted Newcastle Falcons in another Friday night contest on September 6.

After winning just once on the road in the league last term, better away form will be key to Bath’s ambitions in 2013-14 and Booth believes there were enough good signs at Rodney Parade to suggest they have made inroads in that department.

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Saturday, 24 August 2013

Bath Rugby edged out in cagey encounter with Dragons

Bath Rugby were denied a second successive pre-season win this evening against a resilient Dragons side at Rodney Parade, final-score 22-20.

The first-half was a closely fought encounter, dominated largely by both set of forwards. In slippery conditions, both teams struggled to maintain any decent possession but it was Newport who thought they had the early breakthrough, crossing over the line only for the ball to be held up.
Pressure on the Bath line eventually told and the Dragons drew first blood. Dan Evans touched down for the opening try after quick hands from a scrum led to the fullback sneaking over in the corner. Fly-half Jason Tovey converted after 13 minutes played. 7-0.

Bath had an instant chance to respond through George Ford, but his penalty drifted just wide of the mark. Ford soon found himself with a chance to make amends though, after a dominant driving maul from the Bath pack. This time there was no mistake with the kick from the fly-half. 7-3

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Friday, 23 August 2013

Bath Rugby team to face Newport Gwent Dragons


15. Ollie Devoto
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Tom Biggs
10. George Ford
9. Micky Young
1. Charlie Beech
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Matt Garvey
7. Guy Mercer
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Anthony Perenise
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Dominic Day
20. Mat Gilbert
21. Martin Roberts
22. Tom Heathcote
23. Anthony Watson

Players with no number on their shirt

Tom Dunn
Will Spencer
Will Skuse
Nick Koster
Peter Stringer
Matt Banahan
Alafoti Fa'osiliva


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Thursday, 22 August 2013

Mike Ford: "Dragons trip is good practice for Newcastle opener"

Mike Ford believes tomorrow night’s pre-season friendly at Newport Gwent Dragons will provide Bath Rugby with the “perfect” tune-up for the Aviva Premiership campaign.

Bath start the new term with a trip to Newcastle Falcons and head coach Ford says tomorrow’s clash at Rodney Parade (7.15pm) will give them the ideal preparation for the season opener.

“We’ve got a plan and this game is perfect because we are hopefully going to replicate what we are going to do at Newcastle in two weeks’ time,” said Ford.

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TOM BRADSHAW: Bristol look far from a Premiership club but Bath offer signs of hope

Pre-season friendlies are usually curious, bland affairs.

Disjointed because of the hordes of substitutes. Slightly cagey because no-one wants to rapture a ligament before the season proper begins.

And, more often than not, a hopeless gauge of how a team will do in the forthcoming campaign.

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Bath Rugby call for clarity over new scrummaging laws

Bath Rugby forwards coach Neal Hatley has raised concerns with the RFU and Premiership Rugby Ltd about how new scrummaging laws will be policed.

With less than a month to go until the start of the Premiership, Hatley says forwards coaches are frustrated about what they claim is a “lack of clarity” from the International Rugby Board about how the new regulations will be interpreted and enforced.

The IRB has announced a season-long global trial of a new crouch-bind-set engagement sequence at the scrum, with referees also instructed to ensure the ball is not put in unless the scrum is square and stationary.

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Welcome to Bath Micky Young!

One of the new boys drafted into Bath this season by Gary Gold is ex Falcons, Tigers and Sevens player Micky Young.

A traditional scrum half who is small, nippy and delivers good distribution of the ball. He is also well know for having a little bit of a firey temperament and plays with full commitment. With training alongside a legendary scrum half in the form of Peter Stringer it can only help improve his already growing talent.

I believe the 'mighty' Micky young could be an inspired acquisition made by Bath. And I was lucky enough to speak to him last week on the phone calling from France as he was waiting to take on his old club Falcons in their 21-21 draw.

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Gavin Henson: Bath Rugby have grown close together after infamous night out

Gavin Henson believes the Bath Rugby squad has grown closer together following the infamous start to his career at The Rec.

The Wales international was knocked out by team-mate Carl Fearns in the Pig and Fiddle Pub in July, just a month after signing for the club.

Henson, who is yet to play for Bath, is keen to move on from the incident and instead focus on performing on the pitch for Gary Gold’s side.

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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Bath Rugby head coach Mike Ford not getting carried away after big Bristol win

Mike Ford says Bath Rugby will not be getting ahead of themselves after they thrashed local rivals Bristol 69-5 in yesterday’s pre-season friendly at The Rec.

Bath laid down a marker for the coming Aviva Premiership campaign with a dominant attacking display, running in 11 tries to the visitors’ one.

Seven of those scores came in the second half as Bath ran riot against a side tipped to be one of the favourites for promotion from the Championship this term.

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Saturday, 17 August 2013

Bath Rugby destroy local rivals Bristol in one-side pre-season clash

MATCH REPORT: BATH RUGBY 69 BRISTOL 5

Bath Rugby warmed up for the new Aviva Premiership campaign by destroying local rivals Bristol in a one-sided pre-season friendly at The Rec this afternoon, running in 11 tries to the visitors’ one.

Mat Gilbert and Semesa Rokoduguni ran in two touchdowns apiece, while Charlie Beech, Tom Dunn, Matt Banahan, Kyle Eastmond, Tom Biggs, Davey Wilson and a penalty try completed the hosts’ count. Fautua Otto was Bristol’s solitary scorer.

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Friday, 16 August 2013

Bath Rugby squad to face Bristol

First-half

15. Anthony Watson
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Matt Banahan
12. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
11. Tom Biggs
10. Ollie Devoto
9. Martin Roberts
1. Charlie Beech
2. Ross Batty
3. Anthony Perenise
4. Stuart Hooper (C)
5. Will Spencer
6. David Sisi
7. Mat Gilbert
8. Will Skuse

First-half replacements

16. Tom Dunn
17. Nathan Catt
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Matt Garvey
20. Nick Koster
21. Chris Cook
22. Kyle Eastmond
23. Jonathan Joseph

Second-half

15. Anthony Watson
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Peter Stringer (c)
1. Nathan Catt
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Dave Attwood
5. Dominic Day
6. Matt Garvey
7. Guy Mercer
8. Leroy Houston

Second-half replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Charlie Beech
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Will Skuse
20. Mat Gilbert
21. Chris Cook
22. Ollie Devoto
23. Tom Biggs


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Why Premiership rugby's pre-season means deep pain and bruised egos at Bath

Gavin Mairs goes behind the scenes at Bath to find out how they prepare for the Premiership kick-off.

WEEK ONE

“The key to planning the pre-season campaign is to fast-forward to our first game on Sept 6 against Newcastle and work backwards to the date when we first came together, which was on June 17,” says Bath’s new head coach Mike Ford. “You need to look at where you want to be then and in the weeks leading up to that in terms of conditioning and game plans.”

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Thursday, 15 August 2013

Bath Rugby's Rob Webber anticipating 'tasty' Bristol derby date

Rob Webber is relishing the prospect of his first Bath Rugby v Bristol derby as preparations for the new Aviva Premiership season get into full swing at The Rec this weekend.

Bath welcome their nearest rivals for the first home pre-season clash of the summer on Saturday (3pm).

And although the match may only be billed as a friendly, the fact that South West pride is on the line in the clubs’ first meeting for two years should make for a fascinating contest.

“It’s a big local derby and a great way to start our preparations for the season,” said five-cap England hooker Webber, who joined from Wasps 12 months ago.

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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Bath Rugby start pre-season campaign with draw against Premiership rivals

There was no separating Bath Rugby and Newcastle Falcons last night, as the two Premiership rivals played out an entertaining 21-21 draw in Beziers.

Centre Matt Banahan looked to have settled the result eight minutes from time, when he plucked a floated midfield pass out of their air for an interception run-in.

But Newcastle battled back to level the scores on 78 minutes when Kiwi wing Ryan Shortland cut inside to score, Phil Godman converting.

Both sides looked to gain as much as they could from their first outing of the season, neither side opting to go for goal when awarded penalties, instead preferring to boot the ball to touch.

It was from one such attacking line-out that Bath opened the scoring midway through the first half, Anthony Perenise being driven over in the left corner before Tom Heathcote added the extras from out wide.

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Saturday, 10 August 2013

Great news!! Francois Louw: South Africa flanker signs Bath deal

Flanker Francois Louw has signed a new long-term contract with Bath.

A South Africa international with 19 caps, Louw has been with the Rec outfit since 2011 and has made 32 appearances in all competitions.

"Flo is truly a world class player, and the fact that he was so keen to stay with us says great things about what we are working to create here," said director of rugby Gary Gold.
"He could have chosen his club, and he chose to stay with us."
Louw added: "I love playing at Bath and absolutely believe in where we're going, so signing a new deal was a no-brainer for me. I'm just happy it's all sorted so I can get back to work."

Source: BBC


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TOM BRADSHAW: No EPS place but Rob Webber would be my Bath Rugby captain

Few who witnessed Dave Attwood’s unflinching arc of improvement last season will be surprised that the lock forward has been included in Stuart Lancaster’s England Elite Player Squad.

It is utterly deserved. The lock’s form last season meant a call-up for the summer tour of Argentina was a virtual formality and, with the likes of Geoff Parling away with the Lions, Attwood took his chance in South America.

He ran the Red Rose lineout superbly in Argentina and played with the kind of gusto and grunt that Bath fans had witnessed throughout the domestic season.

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Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Bath Rugby to face Falcons on foreign turf

Bath Rugby can confirm they will take on Aviva Premiership contenders Newcastle Falcons in Beziers next Tuesday.

The game is part of the Beziers Feria – the region's answer to the Rio de Janeiro Carnival, with bullfighting and Flamenco dancing until dawn high on the agenda!

We will take on Newcastle as part of a sporting showpiece on Tuesday 13th August, at the Stade de la Mediterranne. Kick-off is 18.30 (local time), before the local derby game between Beziers and Narbonne follows at 20.30.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Louw selected for Springboks Rugby Championship Squad

Springbok squad for The Castle Lager Rugby Championship 2013

Willem Alberts
Bjorn Basson
Marcell Coetzee
Juan de Jongh
Jean de Villiers (captain)
Bismarck du Plessis
Jannie du Plessis
Fourie du Preez
JJ Engelbrecht
Eben Etzebeth
Bryan Habana
Zane Kirchner
Siya Kolisi
Juandré Kruger
Pat Lambie
Willie le Roux
Francois Louw
Tendai Mtawarira
Trevor Nyakane
Coenie Oosthuizen
Ruan Pienaar
Chiliboy Ralepelle
Jan Serfontein
Gurthrö Steenkamp
Morné Steyn
Adriaan Strauss
Flip van der Merwe
Franco van der Merwe
Jano Vermaak
Duane Vermeulen


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Thursday, 1 August 2013

The hoops are back!!

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Six Bath Rugby players selected by Lancaster

Six Bath Rugby players have been named by England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster in the 65-man Elite Player Squad it was announced today.

Dave Attwood and Kyle Eastmond step-up into the 33-man Senior EPS, joining teammate David Wilson, whilst Rob Webber, George Ford and Jonathan Joseph are all selected for the England Saxons.

Attwood and Eastmond both shone for Bath last season and on England's successful tour of Argentina this summer and have seen their efforts rewarded. They join four other newcomers to the squad – Matt Kvesic (Gloucester), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Christian Wade (London Wasps) and Marland Yarde (London Irish).
Head Coach Lancaster said: "This was the toughest EPS selection we've had to make with fierce competition for places in every area of the squad after an excellent summer for England players at all levels.

"Christian Wade and Marland Yarde brought their outstanding Aviva Premiership form to the tour, Kyle Eastmond showed the potential he has and by including him in the squad we get a chance to work with him some more as we build towards the QBE Internationals. Up front Dave Attwood adds a physical presence to the second row and in Matt Kvesic and Billy Vunipola we have young back row players who will challenge our more established back row players hard."

"Unfortunately we can only have 33 in the Senior EPS but those who just missed out have plenty to offer. They are still very much in the international picture and there is flexibility built into the system that facilitates that."
There are first England Saxons call-ups for Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), one of the 2013 Junior World Championship winners, and Luke Wallace (Harlequins) and the squad also includes the return of 2007 World Cup finalist Mathew Tait (Leicester Tigers).
"The task for all of them and those in the Saxons is to be in peak form and pushing for places in the team for the QBE Internationals against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand in November. We very much see this as a 65-man squad and we regularly see players pushing into the Squad and the team from the Saxons. Form and fitness will be the deciding factor in November."
Both squads will meet at Loughborough later this month for a three-day training camp and the senior squad reconvenes a fortnight before facing Australia on November 2. The Saxons are due to face the O2 Ireland Wolfhounds and Scotland A early in 2014.

ENGLAND SENIOR EPS (33)

Forwards

David Attwood (Bath Rugby)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Alex Corbisiero (Northampton Saints)
Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby)
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Backs

Chris Ashton (Saracens)
Brad Barritt (Saracens)
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)
Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)
Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)
Christian Wade (London Wasps)
Marland Yarde (London Irish)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

ENGLAND SAXONS EPS (32)

Forwards

Calum Clark (Northampton Saints)
Jordan Crane (Leicester Tigers)
Paul Doran Jones (Harlequins)
Will Fraser (Saracens)
James Haskell (London Wasps)
Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers)
George Kruis (Saracens)
Kearnan Myall (London Wasps)
David Paice (London Irish)
George Robson (Harlequins)
Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers)
Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks)
Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers)
Luke Wallace (Harlequins)
Rob Webber (Bath Rugby)
Nick Wood (Gloucester Rugby)

Backs

Anthony Allen (Leicester Tigers)
Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints)
Elliot Daly (London Wasps)
George Ford (Bath Rugby)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
Ugo Monye (Harlequins)
Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby)
Joe Simpson (London Wasps)
David Strettle (Saracens)
Mathew Tait (Leicester Tigers)
Joel Tomkins (Saracens)
Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens

Source: Bath Rugby


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Monday, 29 July 2013

Alafoti Fa'osiliva has joined Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby are delighted to announce that Samoan back-row Alafoti Fa'osiliva has joined the Club.

Most recently at Bristol Rugby, Fa'osiliva has made his name representing the Samoa Sevens team, and was part of the 2009-10 IRB Sevens World Series championship winning squad. Following on from their victory, Fa'osiliva was nomainated for the 2010 IRB International Sevens Player of the Year.

And Bath supporters won't have long to wait to see their latest signing in action, as he will line up for his new side on Thursday night as the 2013/14 season gets underway with the first round of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management 7s Series at Kingsholm.

A classic West Country derby kicks-off the tournament, with Bath taking on hosts and age-old rivals Gloucester Rugby.
Fa'osiliva takes his place in a youthful but exciting Bath squad. Junior World Championship winning England U20s duo Ollie Devoto and Anthony Watson will provide attacking guile and pace to burn in the backs. Scrum-half Chris Cook adds tenacity and speed of delivery at the breakdown, with Nick Koster adding a dose of power and speed in the forwards.

Whilst young, centre and University Scholar Ollie Evans has plenty of 7s experience having featured widely on the UK 7s circuit and was on standby for the GB Students 7s squad at the recent World University Games.
Also featuring are current Bath Rugby Academy members Max Clarke, Freddie Clarke, Ludi Hopkinson and Max Northcote-Green – who joins the Academy having spent a year out playing with the Sydney Uni Colts in Australia.

The squad is completed by two guest players - current Army stars – winger Raymond Bishop and fly-half Tuvita Tamatawale.
Speaking upon his arrival, Alafoti said: "I'm really excited to be coming to Bath, and can't wait to get started with the 7s on Thursday. It's a great form of the game, and one I'm obviously quite familiar with, so it's a perfect way for me to get my Bath career underway."


Bath Rugby squad for the J.P. Morgan Asset Management 7s

1. Chris Cook – Scrum-half
2. Anthony Watson – Wing/fullback
3. Ollie Devoto – Fly-half/fullback
4. Nick Koster – Back-row
5. Ollie Evans - Centre
6. Max Clarke - Centre
7. Freddie Clarke – Back-row
8. Ludi Hopkinson – Fly-half/fullback
9. Max Northcote-Green – Back-row
10. Raymond Bishop - Wing
11. Tuvita Tamatawale – Fly-half
12. Alafoti Fa'osiliva – Back-row

Source: Bath Rugby


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Friday, 26 July 2013

Reviewing Bath’s New Players and Young Stars

There is something of an influx of new players for the new season, among them some well known names, some eyebrow raisers. There is also quite a few young players who have come in and who will be coming up through the academy and I will be focusing on those too.

Gavin Henson

This signing is potentially the most controversial, given Gavin’s propensity for leaving a trail of clubs in his wake and for not shying away from the media spotlight. I know that when he was signed (as a utility back) the reaction from fans was near universal condemnation to have him on our books. I certainly have reservations; his skill at rugby so often seemed to have been a secondary concern to him over his celebrity lifestyle.

But he is undoubtedly a talented player when he puts his mind to it; after all, it was his talent that made him such a star at the start of his career. He does have a lot of experience and could prove- if he behaves himself- someone for the younger members of the squad to learn from. Let’s just hope it is the positive stuff, not the negative. When his signing was announced, Gary Gold said: “He is still a very ambitious man and the prospect of him playing at the Rec is an exciting one”. I think this sums it up quite nicely.

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Saturday, 20 July 2013

Sisi to make a splash at Bath

David Sisi is relishing the challenge of breaking into Bath RFC’s first team.

The back-row star from Totton has moved up the A36 to Bath, having signed before winning the Junior World Championship with England in France last month.

Sisi made 13 first-team appearances for London Irish before his last season at the Madejski Stadium was ruined by a long-term hamstring injury.

But he is high on confidence after helping to inspire last month’s 23-15 JWC final win against Wales Under-20s – having come on at 15-3 down.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Bath Rugby statement

Bath Rugby can confirm that, after a thorough internal investigation, the players involved in last week's incident in the city centre have been dealt with via the Club's disciplinary process.
Nick Blofeld, Bath Rugby's CEO, commented: "The behaviour of some of the players was totally unacceptable and not what we expect from them.

"The two players involved have taken full responsibility for their actions and they have both received written warnings and fines, and we regard the case as now closed. We want to see the squad focused on pre-season training, the forthcoming 7's and friendlies, and then delivering on the pitch this season."

On behalf of the playing squad, Stuart Hooper added: "We would like to apologise as a group. Clearly what happened last week was inappropriate and there is a collective will amongst the players to put that right and not set such a poor example again."


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Friday, 12 July 2013

And it begins.... :(

Bath are investigating an incident in which their summer signing Gavin Henson was allegedly punched by a team-mate, believed to be Carl Fearns, on a night out in a city centre pub.

Former Wales utility back Henson, who has joined Bath from London Welsh, was out with some of his new team mates in the Pig and Fiddle pub in Bath on Wednesday evening when he was allegedly knocked out by an individual believed to be former England Saxons flanker Fearns.

Footage of the incident, which was captured on a mobile phone, appears to show Henson arguing with Fearns who is held back by fellow back-row forward Guy Mercer. Fearns then leans over and lands a right hook to Henson’s face.

“Henson went out like a light for about five minutes. He just lay there like a lump, right on the floor,” an eyewitness told the Bath Chronicle.

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Thursday, 11 July 2013

Bath Bytes - Bring on September!!

Now that the Lions have successfully defeated the Australians and we've revelled in their victorious tour it's moving on to that time of year, the time where we get to embrace our beloved club rugby. The time where we get to parade around in our teams colours, turn ourselves into a knowledgeable pundit and fill our hearts with expectations of a successful season.

Things are now slotting into place for the next season at Bath, could we be looking at a much improved run out for the boys in Blue, Black and White? We had a promise of a "new beginning" last season, with a new collective of coaching staff. The success wasn't quite up to the expectations, but a first seasons tenure with somebody else's squad is never going to be easy.

There was some moments of brilliance from the squad and a few woeful displays. The true display of a "new beginning" comes with the second season, time to acquire new players and allow players to move on as they may not fit the desired plan.

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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Banahan excited about Bath Rugby's new arrivals

Bath may have welcomed a host of new arrivals at The Rec but centre Matt Banahan admits his preparations for the new season have been held up by one of his own.

While most of Gary Gold's troops returned to pre-season training three weeks ago, Banahan was busy pacing the hospital wards while wife Rebecca gave birth to their baby daughter, Lola.
The father-of-two has since returned to the normality of bleep tests and weight sessions at Farleigh House training ground, but there's also a few new faces to get accustomed to there.
Gavin Henson and George Ford have arrived to bolster the fly-half position, while Jonathan Joseph will headline the influx of four players from London Irish when he returns from his summer break after starring for England in Argentina.

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Monday, 8 July 2013

Argentinean flyer extends Bath Rugby stay

Bath Rugby are very pleased to announce that Argentinean winger Horacio Agulla has extended his contract with the Club.

Agulla - known as 'Ringo' by his team mates – was a star performer last season, consistently making yards with ball in hand and proving both intelligent and aggressive in defence. With a level of power that belies his stature, he has quickly become a favourite of the Rec faithful, as well as a regular name on Gary Gold's team sheet.
Speaking from his native

Argentina, where he is preparing to take part in the second Rugby Championship, Agulla said: "I am extremely happy to have extended my Bath contract. I love playing for Bath and I think the environment is perfect for a player who wants to get better. I look forward to getting back there and joining a really exciting squad."

Gold, Bath's Director of Rugby, added: "Ringo is a top class player and a great bloke to have in our squad. He helps the youngsters, he adds to the culture of the place and, most importantly, he delivers time and again on the field. We are very happy to have extended his deal."

Source: Bath Rugby


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Thursday, 4 July 2013

Bath Rugby to kick off the season as the first match to be shown on BT Sport

Premiership Rugby today confirmed that Aviva Premiership Rugby champions Leicester Tigers will start the defence of their title at home to Dean Ryan's Worcester Warriors, live on BT Sport.

The Tigers who claimed their historic tenth Aviva Premiership Rugby title in May, beating Northampton Saints 37-17, face the Warriors on Sunday 8 September, kicking off at 2pm.
The Tigers move from their Welford Road home in round two to face one of their oldest rivals in Bath, a match which celebrates the 100th anniversary of games between the two sides. The first match was on 13 September 1913.

The opening weekend of the Aviva Premiership Rugby season will kick off on Friday 6 September when newly-promoted Newcastle Falcons have the honour of opening the new campaign.

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Thursday, 27 June 2013

New faces for the 2013/14 season

With the boys back in pre-season training, the new season will be upon us in no time. With 10 new signings this year, we thought we would take the time to tell you a little more about the new recruits in the Blue, Black and White next season.

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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Bath Rugby change coaching structure

Bath Rugby would like to make you aware of some simple changes to the structure of our coaching team.

While we felt that the dynamic last season worked nicely, Gary Gold was just stretched too thin when all of his duties were considered.

So, Gary will now become our Director of Rugby, allowing him more time to concentrate on recruitment, wage cap management, the overseeing of the Medical and Strength and Conditioning departments as well as, of course, the rugby department, including the Academy.

Mike Ford will become Head Coach and will assume responsibility for the day to day preparation of the first team, while Neal Hatley and Toby Booth will continue as First Team Coaches.


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Saturday, 22 June 2013

Bath Rugby Trio in JWC Final action


Congratulations to Ollie Devoto, David Sisi and Anthony Watson who have all been selected in the England U20s matchday 23 for the IRB Junior World Championship Final against Wales tomorrow, kick-off 17.45 (GMT).

Watson, who scored in the semi-final win over New Zealand, retains his place on the wing, with Devoto and Sisi named on the bench.

The meeting is the first all northern hemisphere final in JWC history, and the two sides last met back in March, when England won the Under 20 Six Nations in Colwyn Bay, beating Wales 28-15.

Head Coach Walshe says that Sunday's meeting will be a completely different beast though: "Wales are an excellent side – as they have shown throughout this competition and we're fully aware that it's going to be a tough game. We did well in the Six Nations to win at their place, but that game will have no bearing on the result.

"We have prepared well, we have recovered well after the New Zealand game – and we're ready for what promises to be an excellent final."
The game will be shown live on Sky Sports 2.


England U20 starting XV to play Wales

15 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
14 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
13 Harry Sloan (Harlequins)
12 Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs)
11 Ben Howard (Worcester Warriors)
10 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
9 Alex Day (Northampton Saints)
1 Alec Hepburn (London Wasps)
2 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
3 Scott Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)
4 Tom Price (Leicester Tigers)
5 Dominic Barrow (Leeds Carnegie)
6 Ross Moriarty (Gloucester Rugby)
7 Matt Hankin (Saracens)
8 Jack Clifford (Harlequins) (c)

Replacements:

16 Scott Spurling (Saracens)
17 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (Northampton Saints)
18 Tom Smallbone (London Irish)
19 Harry Wells (Leicester Tigers)
20 David Sisi (Bath Rugby)
21 Callum Braley (Bristol Rugby)
22 Ollie Devoto (Bath Rugby)
23 Henry Purdy (Leicester Tigers)

Source: Bath Rugby

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Saturday, 15 June 2013

Gavin Henson: Bath chief says player has 'matured'

Bath chief executive Nick Blofeld believes he has signed a "more mature" Gavin Henson.
The West Country side will be 31-year-old Henson's fifth club in three years.
And the Wales international has hit the headlines for off-field misdemeanours, as well as appearances on reality television programmes.

We're excited and we're convinced he can offer something quite special

Bath chief executive Nick Blofeld on signing Gavin Henson
"I think Gavin is a much more settled and mature person than that image we have in our heads," Blofeld told BBC Radio Bristol.

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Thursday, 13 June 2013

Bath Rugby confirm Henson signing

Bath Rugby are pleased to confirm the signing of Gavin Henson, who will join the Club this summer.

33 times capped Henson has been signed to offer experience at fly-half, centre and fullback, and will compliment a highly promising group of young players in the Bath ranks. Known for being powerful in defence, a world class goal kicker and his ability to put people into space, he will add some real quality to the squad.

Speaking of the signing, Bath Head Coach Gary Gold said: "We know Gavin's qualities and have seen him work extremely hard for his team and perform at a consistently high level last season. He is still a very ambitious man and the prospect of him playing at the Rec is an exciting one. We look forward to his arrival here in Bath."
Henson added: "I am thrilled to be joining Bath this summer, and I look forward to becoming part of what looks a very exciting squad. I still very much want to be playing at the highest level, and Bath is a big Club with big plans. I know what is expected of me and I can't wait to get started."

Source: Bath Rugby

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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Bath's Rec redevelopment hopes receive a boost

Bath's attempts to redevelop their stadium have been given a boost.

The Charity Commission has granted the Recreation Ground Trust the power to make a decision over the granting of a new lease to the club.
Bath are seeking the lease so they can redevelop the stadium to Premiership Rugby standards.
David Dixon, chair of the trustees, said: "The legal issues surrounding the Rec were difficult and complex, so we are delighted to get to this point."
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As a result of this decision by the Charity Commission, we can now move forwards to achieve the outcomes which hold an overwhelming majority of public support.

Councillor David Dixon
Recreation Ground Trust chair
The Charity Commission took the decision after a trust scheme outlining proposed changes to the ground, which was declared by the High Court to be a charitable trust with the council as sole trustee, received support from 87% of the public who took part in a consultation in November.

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RFOTR: Excellent News From The Charity Commission!

At long last the Charity Commission has made the decision to go ahead and adopt its Scheme for the Rec. This is excellent news as it clears away a major roadblock to the development of a new arena and new facilities on the Rec enabling 'All Sports for All People'.

The Committee of the Real Friends of the Rec is delighted with this decision and would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Chair of the Rec Trust, Cllr David Dixon, and the other Trustees whose patience over several years has now paid off. We are also pleased that adoption of the Scheme incorporates the concept of a 'Land Swap' that was raised by a RFOTR member at a RFOTR meeting a few years back.

We would also like to thank RFOTR members for all the representations that they made to the Charity Commission about the Scheme at the end of last year. 87% of the representations made to the Charity Commission supported the Scheme.

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



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David Sisi relishing task of breaking into Bath side

Bath-bound England under-20 loose forward David Sisi has said he faces a stern test just to make it into the club's matchday squad.
The former London Irish player will move to The Recreation Ground following the Junior World Championships in France.
Sisi said: "It's going to be a huge challenge to get into the matchday 23.
"I'm under no illusions of the challenge but it's something I'm really looking forward to."
Sisi, 20, is part of an influx of young London Irish players to Bath this summer. His fellow England under-20 international Anthony Watson, England centre Jonathan Joseph and lock Matt Garvey are all heading west to be reunited with former Exiles coaches Toby Booth and Neal Hatley.
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I'm still young and up and coming and by no means the finished article

David Sisi
Sisi told BBC Radio Bristol: "In my position at Bath there are guys like Carl Fearns and Francois Louw - they are huge players who I'll be looking to learn off.

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