Sunday, 31 March 2013

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Bath Rugby record bonus-point win over London Welsh to boost hopes of top-six finish in Aviva Premiership

MATCH REPORT: Bath Rugby 40 London Welsh 25

Bath Rugby overcame a spirited London Welsh performance to record a bonus-point victory at The Rec and keep alive their hopes of a top-six finish in the Aviva Premiership.

The hosts ran in five tries in a pulsating encounter but the result was in doubt right up until the final whistle as a Welsh side fighting for their Premiership survival refused to roll over.

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Friday, 29 March 2013

Bath Rugby team to face London Welsh

15. Ollie Devoto
14. Horacio Agulla
13. Matt Banahan
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Semesa Rokoduguni
10. Stephen Donald
9. Peter Stringer
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper (c)
5. Dominic Day
6. Francois Louw
7. Mat Gilbert
8. Carl Fearns

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Ben Skirving
20. Will Skuse
21. Michael Claassens
22. Tom Heathcote
23. Nick Abendanon


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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Injuries could give Will Spencer his Bath Rugby chance

Bath Rugby have been dealt an injury blow ahead of this weekend's Aviva Premiership clash against London Welsh with the news that lock Dave Attwood faces a spell on the sidelines.

The 25-year-old has been one of Bath's top performers this season but will miss Saturday's contest at The Rec (2.15pm) with a muscle strain.

Bath are already without Ryan Caldwell for the remainder of the season, while Dominic Day also picked up a knock during last week's 14-13 defeat at Sale Sharks.

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Gilbert and Hipkiss sign on for more with Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby are delighted to announce that both flanker Mat Gilbert and centre Dan Hipkiss have extended their contracts with the Club.

Gilbert, Britain's only deaf professional rugby player, arrived in November and made an instant impact. Far from his rugby being hindered by his hearing, he earned himself a place on the field and performed superbly. So well in fact, that Head Coach Gary Gold did not hesitate when the subject of contracts was raised.

Speaking of his extension, Gilbert said: "Coming to Bath has been a revelation for me. I wanted to test myself in the best environment and I feel that is here. I feel proud to have played for Bath and very excited that I will continue to do so."

Hipkiss, a man with all together more experience, has had a frustrating season so far with injuries. But when fully fit, there is no doubt about what he offers to the squad, bringing both quick feet and pace in attack and a steely edge and expert vision in defence.

Having put pen to paper, Hipkiss said: "I am over the moon to have re-signed here at Bath. I love the Club and the environment, and I could now not see myself being anywhere else. I still feel I have a point to prove, and that this is the place to prove it."
Gary Gold, Bath Head Coach, said: "Mat is a special individual. He is unbelievably committed both to the team and to self-improvement. I feel proud to have him at Bath. And Danny is exactly the sort of professional we want around here. His work ethic is relentless and he takes no prisoners in training."

Take your chance to meet the players this Friday at the Rec in the final open training session of the season. Gates open at 9.30, and all ages are welcome!
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Saturday, 23 March 2013

Bath Rugby edged out in Salford

Bath Rugby came away from a snowy and windy Salford City Stadium tonight with the losing bonus point having been edged out by Sale Sharks in an attritional battle, 14-13.

Both sides spent much of the opening stages not only assessing the weather, but also each other. Playing into the driving wind and snow for the first half, Bath soaked up the pressure put on them by the home side early on, and neither side got much further than the opposition 22 before possession was turned over.

With both teams electing to mainly keep the ball in hand, it was 20 minutes before the first points were scored, Nick Macleod putting the home side up. Nick Abendanon's chip through richoted off a Sale defender, and from there the home side made the break. Bath infringed in the defensive line and it was a simple three points for the fly-half. 3-0.

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Thursday, 21 March 2013

Bath Rugby side to face Sale Sharks


15. Nick Abendanon
14. Horacio Agulla
13. Matt Banahan
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Tom Biggs
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Peter Stringer
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Francois Louw
7. Carl Fearns
8. Ben Skirving

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Dominic Day
20. Mat Gilbert
21. Michael Classens
22. Ollie Devoto
23. Semesa Rokoduguni


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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Bath Rugby sign England centre Jonathan Joseph from London Irish

Gary Gold believes Jonathan Joseph will add an X-factor to an already promising Bath Rugby back-line.

The club today confirmed the arrival of the 21-year-old centre from London Irish for next season and head coach Gold is relishing the thought of what his backs could go to opposition defences next season.

Tom Heathcote continues to look a promising prospect at fly-half, Kyle Eastmond has produced a string of impressive displays since switching to centre, and the back three of Tom Biggs, Horacio Agulla and Nick Abendanon have pace and skill in abundance.

Add one of the brightest young centres in the country in Joseph into the mix and Bath have a back division as fearsome as anyone in the Aviva Premiership.

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Hip injury rules Bath Rugby lock Ryan Caldwell out for the season

Bath Rugby lock Ryan Caldwell has been ruled out for the rest of the season, head coach Gary Gold revealed today.

The 28-year-old has not played since the Amlin Cup pool victory over Bucharest Wolves in January and he will remain on the sidelines until the summer having undergone a hip operation.

“Ryan is out until the end of the season. He’s had to have hip surgery,” said Gold.

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Bath Rugby extend Stringer’s stay

Bath Rugby are very happy to have extended the loan of 98 times capped Irish scrum half Peter Stringer until the end of the season.

Stringer arrived from Munster as short-term cover for the injured Michael Claassens, and immediately brought his vast experience to bear. Having made an instant impact on the field with two tries against Exeter is his debut in the Blue, Black and White, he rapidly became a favourite with the Rec faithful.
Gary Gold, Bath Head Coach, said: "Strings has been superb since he arrived, both on the field and off it. He prepares himself exceptionally well, and knows the game as well as anybody. We are delighted to have retained a man of his experience; his influence will not only help the first team, but the aspiring professionals too."


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Attwood and Wilson extend Bath Rugby contracts

Bath Rugby are delighted to announce that lock Dave Attwood and tighhead prop David Wilson have extended their contracts with the Club.

Two young, English forwards, Wilson and Attwood have become mainstays in a Bath front five that has shown remarkable consistency this season.
Wilson's form this season has seen him be named in every England matchday squad of this year's RBS 6 Nations, and Attwood's performances at the Rec must see him knocking on England's door once again.
Speaking of his extension, Attwood said: "I am very happy to have extended my contract with the Club. The opportunity to be coached by this team in this environment means that I don't want to be anywhere else. We are on a journey, and we all believe that we will get to the top in time. I'm extremely excited to be a part of it."

Wilson added: "Bath has become home for me now and I love the Club. Everything a professional needs to excel is here – from coaching to facilities – and I feel very excited to be at a club that has so much support and ambition. I wouldn't be anywhere else."

Head Coach Gary Gold said: "These boys are the players around whom you can build a squad. They are young, English, talented and extremely tough. That they were both so keen to be involved in what we are working towards here at Bath is a real endorsement of the culture we are looking to create. We are very pleased to have retained their services."


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Friday, 15 March 2013

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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Bath Rugby close to completing recruitment drive, says coach Mike Ford

First-team coach Mike Ford has indicated Bath Rugby are close to strengthening their squad after Ben Skirving’s departure to Bristol was announced this week.

The 29-year-old has made 98 appearances for the club since arriving from Saracens in 2009 but will move to the Championship outfit in the summer.

Fellow back-rower Simon Taylor has been a long-term injury absentee for Bath and head coach Gary Gold added South African Nick Koster to his loose forward contingent in late 2012, while the club were also linked with Wales international Toby Faletau earlier this year.

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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Little and large are big-time with Bath

Matt Banahan has hailed his ‘little and large’ midfield partnership with Kyle Eastmond, likening their relationship to the 1988 comedy classic Twins, which starred the equally unlikely duo of Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Like ‘Big Arnie’, Banahan dwarfs his partner by a full 13 inches and nearly six stone, but Bath’s 14th midfield combination of the season seems to be working as Gary Gold’s side continue their post-Christmas surge for a place in the Premiership top six.

Fourteen tries in their last four league matches is evidence of Bath’s progress, with Eastmond and Banahan crucial to that new-found attacking intent.

“It’s been great partnering Kyle,” Banahan, 26, told The Rugby Paper. “It’s one of those partnerships that’s going to be evolving over the season, but with his knowledge of the game improving and his natural talent coming out, it’s going to be good.

“Rugby’s a game for all different shapes and sizes so he runs into spaces while I run into contact. It’s like Twins – and there’s a good bit of banter between us. We’re always at it and we have a lot of fun out there.

“We’re two totally different guys but I keep him on the straight and narrow. He gets a bit angry on the pitch but I keep him calm and get him on to the next task. Hopefully he’ll be right up there soon, challenging for international honours.”

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Ben Skirving to leave Bath Rugby for Bristol at end of the season

Back-row star Ben Skirving will leave Bath Rugby at the end of the season to join Championship side Bristol, the club have confirmed today.

The 29-year-old has made 98 appearances for Bath since arriving at The Rec from Saracens in 2009 but will make the short switch to the Memorial Stadium in the summer.

“I’m sad to leave Bath, but am very much looking forward to my new challenge with Bristol,” said Skirving, who was capped once by England against South Africa in 2007.

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Monday, 11 March 2013

LV= Cup exit has hurt Bath Rugby's Heineken Cup hopes, says coach Neal Hatley

Neal Hatley admits missing out on a place in the LV= Cup final is a “really big blow” to Bath Rugby’s Heineken Cup ambitions.

The tournament winners are handed a place in European rugby’s premier competition next season and head coach Gary Gold had targeted it as a way of returning to the continent’s elite after a season in the Amlin Cup.

Instead, however, Bath’s weekend conquerors Harlequins will battle it out against Sale Sharks in Saturday’s final at Sixways, meaning Gold’s side will have to focus their efforts elsewhere.

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Sunday, 10 March 2013

Harlequins 31 Bath 23: Williams double books LV= Cup final spot

Winger Tom Williams grabbed two tries as a young Harlequins side beat Bath in the LV= Cup semi-final at The Stoop to reach the final of the Anglo-Welsh knockout competition for the first time.

Tom Guest and Karl Dickson also touched down with fly-half Ben Botica kicking 11 points, converting all four tries before putting the issue beyond doubt with a late penalty.

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Friday, 8 March 2013

Bath Rugby side to face Harlequins


15. Nick Abendanon
14. Horacio Agulla
13. Matt Banahan
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Tom Biggs
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Peter Stringer
1. Nathan Catt
2. Ross Batty
3. Anthony Perenise
4. Dominic Day
5. Dave Attwood
6. Francois Louw ( c )
7. Carl Fearns
8. Ben Skirving

Replacements

16. Eusebio Guinazu
17. Charlie Beech
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Stuart Hooper
20. Nick Koster
21. Michael Classens
22. Sam Vesty
23. Semesa Rokoduguni


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Thursday, 7 March 2013

LV= Cup TV Matches Live on TV this weekend

This weekend sees the LV= Cup competition reach the penultimate stage as Harlequins host Bath Rugby and Sale Sharks host Saracens in the semi-finals of the competition.

A place is at stake in the show-piece final which will be played at Sixways Stadium, Worcester on Sunday 17th March.
On Saturday, 9 March, Harlequins v Bath Rugby will be live on Sky at 12.15pm. Harlequins were the only side to finish the pool phase of the LV= Cup this season with a played four, won four record.

Bath Rugby have lost just one of their last eight matches in all competitions and their only defeat in the LV= Cup this season was coincidentally to Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop, 12-21 on 16 November.

Sale Sharks v Saracens will be live on Sky at 1pm on Sunday, 10 March. This will be Sale Sharks' second appearance in the last four of the Anglo-Welsh Cup with the first being in 2007.
Saracens have lost just one of their last seven LV= Cup ties: 23-25 to Sale at Salford in round two of this season's competition. The two clubs have met only twice before in a cup knockout match.

Live

Saturday - Harlequins v Bath Rugby 12.15 Sky
Sunday - Sale Sharks v Saracens 13.00 Sky

Highlights

Sunday - ITV4 20.00
Sunday - ITV1 23.15
Monday - ITV4 18.00



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Francois Louw says Bath Rugby have learnt lessons ahead of LV= Cup semi-final

Francois Louw insists there will be no hangover from last year’s LV= Cup semi-final agony when Bath Rugby visit Harlequins in another last-four clash on Saturday.

Twelve months ago, Bath were handed a home tie against a largely second-Leicester Tigers side which should have yielded safe passage into the final.

That was far from the case, however, with Bath drastically under-performing and being handed a heartbreaking 17-16 defeat by a Tigers side who went on to lift the trophy a week later.

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Rugby fans object to Recreation Ground town green bid as people in Weston look to protect field

A 4,800-strong pressure group has lodged an objection to an applicationto make The Rec into an official town green.

The Real Friends of the Rec, which is backing Bath Rugby’s plans for a new sports arena, says the application by Bathwick resident Jack Sparrow should fall at the first hurdle.

Mr Sparrow has submitted the application in an attempt to derail the rugby club’s expansion plans at its historic home.

RFoTR chairman Peter Downey says in a letter to Bath and North East Somerset Council that the land does not meet the criteria for a town green because there has not been free and open access to all of it for the last 20 years.

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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Bath Rugby prop Paul James named in Wales team to face Scotland

Bath Rugby prop Paul James will line-up against Scotland on Saturday.

James will replace the injured Gethin Jenkins in the front row at Murrayfield.

Toulon prop Jenkins, who has won 97 caps, injured his calf in Wales' 26-9 victory over Italy in Rome.

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Saturday, 2 March 2013

Cook and Devoto dual-registered with Cornish Pirates

Bath Rugby can today confirm that Chris Cook and Ollie Devoto have been dual-registered with Championship side Cornish Pirates.

They join Bath Academy players JJ Kilmartin, James Tyas and Will Tanner on the books at the Pirates.

Bath Rugby Academy Director, Danny Grewcock, commented: "The most important thing to enable any young player to develop is regular game time. By linking up with Cornish Pirates, and Bristol and Jersey in the case of Ben Mosses and Joe Buckle, it means the players can get the time they need on the pitch, as well as still training in a professional environment, and still be available to us should we need them."


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Post-match reaction to Bath's 31-25 victory over Gloucester.

Bath coach Toby Booth revealed he approached his side's 31-25 win over west country rivals Gloucester like a cup final.

Former England captain Mike Tindall, making his 150th appearance for Gloucester since leaving Bath, roused his 14 men into thrilling fightback from 31-18 down after Darren Dawidiuk was sent off for a tip tackle, but they could not find for the converted try that would snatch victory.

Bath were awarded a penalty try in the first half and followed up with further touchdowns from Tom Biggs and Kyle Eastmond. Fly-half Tom Heathcote kicked four penalties and two conversions.

Henry Trinder and Jonny May (2) scored the Gloucester tries with Freddie Burns converting one and Rob Cook adding two penalties and two conversions.

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Tom Heathcote the hero as Bath turn the tables on Gloucester

Bath won the bragging rights and a little more besides on Friday night when these two West Country sides somehow made the near-full Rec glow despite a bitter Somerset night and the sending-off of Gloucester's hooker, Darren Dawidiuk.

After two tries apiece in the first half everything seemed to be going Bath's way when Dawidiuk tip-tackled Dave Attwood and the referee, Tim Wigglesworth, had no choice but to wave a red card. Left to play the last 30 minutes with 14 men Gloucester went 13 points behind when fast thinking from Peter Stringer and fast hands from Nick Abendanon put Tom Biggs over in the corner.

However, Rob Cook put Jonny May in for his second try of the night and suddenly the match was up for grabs again, especially when Cook squeezed over his touchline conversion. Bath, though, held on.

Gloucester once went decades without a league win at the Rec but on Friday night they were looking for their third consecutive double. They also had Freddie Burns back after missing five matches – and the chance of making his mark with the England Six Nations squad.

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