Thursday, 30 May 2013

2013/14 Amlin Challenge Cup clubs and tiers

The pool draw for the 2013/14 Amlin Challenge Cup will take place in Dublin on Wednesday 5 June

Tier 1- Biarritz Olympique PB, Stade Francais Paris, London Wasps, Bath Rugby, Brive

Tier 2- London Irish, Sale Sharks, Newport Gwent Dragons, England (TBC), Rugby Viadana

Tier 3- Bayonne, I Cavalieri Prato, Worcester Warriors, Bordeaux-Bègles, Cammi Rugby Calvisano

Tier 4- Grenoble, Mogliano Rugby, Oyonnax, Bucharest Wolves, Spanish representative

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Friday, 24 May 2013

Webber to captain England against Barbarians

Bath hooker Rob Webber will captain England for the first time against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday.

Webber leads a youthful side featuring Gloucester-bound flanker Matt Kvesic and London Irish winger Marland Yarde who will be pulling on a senior shirt for the first time. Wasps wing Christian Wade, who picked up an awards double earlier this week, starts on the right wing and is the only other uncapped player in the starting XV. England's starting line-up for the non-Test clash contains nine players aged 24 or under.


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Owner Bruce Craig admits he set Bath Rugby ambitions too high

Bath Rugby owner Bruce Craig says he set his initial expectations of the club too high following another disappointing campaign at The Rec.

Craig bought the club three years ago with the intention of turning Bath into a powerhouse of European rugby. Since then, however, they have achieved a best Aviva Premiership finish of fifth in 2010-11 and have failed to qualify for the Heineken Cup in the last two campaigns.


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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Hipkiss forced to retire with immediate effect

Bath Rugby are saddened to announce the retirement of Dan Hipkiss with immediate effect through injury.

The 13 times capped England centre has made 28 appearances for Bath since joining the Club in 2011. Having injured his shoulder in January, and having sought the advice of medical professionals, Dan has been left with no option but to hang up his boots.

"This is obviously a really sad time for me, but the decision has really been taken out of my hands which has made it a little bit easier. It's not the way anyone wants to leave the game, but when the doctor tells you it's time you have to listen to them."
"I've loved my time at Bath, and was really looking forward to another year here. The Club have made some great signings in the likes of Jonathan Joseph, George Ford and Anthony Watson, and I was excited to play alongside them and be part of their development, as well as the Club's future."

Dan added: "Looking back, I've had a great career, and would like to thank Sam Vesty and Lewis Moody, who I've played with for pretty much the whole time I've been in rugby. I'd also like to thank Paddy Howard and Darryl Gibson, who have given me a huge amount of support."

"Finally, the biggest thank you goes to my girlfriend and family for putting up with me – it's not always easy, but the support from them throughout my career has been amazing."

A strong and powerful runner who could break through defences, as well as presenting opposing players with a brick wall when defending, Dan's experience will be missed in the midfield for Bath, as Head Coach, Gary Gold, acknowledges:
"Dan is a great character to have around the squad, and the knowledge of and enthusiasm for the game that he has is something we will really miss around the place.

"He'd just signed a new contract to stay on with the Club, and we were looking forward to him helping us develop some of the younger talent that we have coming into the squad. It's never nice when one of your players is forced into making this decision, but we wish Dan all the very best with whatever he does next."

Source: Bath Rugby

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Monday, 20 May 2013

Bath players named in England summer tour squad

Forwards (18)

Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby, 2 caps)
Rob Buchanan (Harlequins, uncapped)
Calum Clark (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
Alex Corbisiero (London Irish, 18 caps)
Paul Doran Jones (Northampton Saints, 4 caps)
Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs, 5 caps)
Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors, uncapped)
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 9 caps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 20 caps)
Joe Marler (Harlequins, 10 caps)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 10 caps)
David Paice (London Irish, 6 caps)
Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers, uncapped)
Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks, uncapped)
Billy Vunipola (London Wasps, uncapped
Rob Webber (Bath Rugby, 3 caps)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 26 caps)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, captain, 18 caps)

Backs (14)

Mike Brown (Harlequins, 16 caps)
Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby, 1 cap)
Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints, 7 caps)
Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
Ben Foden (Northampton Saints, 30 caps)
Jonathan Joseph (London Irish, 4 caps)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped)
Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
David Strettle (Saracens, 13 caps)
Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby, 4 caps)
Christian Wade (London Wasps, uncapped)
Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens, 12 caps)
Marland Yarde (London Irish, uncapped)

Added to the squad for Barbarians week:

Kearnan Myall (Sale Sharks, uncapped)
Haydn Thomas (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped)

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Thursday, 16 May 2013

Rokoduguni extends stay with Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby are delighted to today announce that flying Fijian Semesa Rokoduguni has signed a new contract with the Club.
Having arrived part-way through this season, Rokoduguni has made a real impact on the Bath backline, scoring six tries in 13 appearances and slotting in seamlessly both on the wing and at centre.

A tank soldier of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in the British Army who served with his Regiment in Afghanistan, Rokoduguni's remarkable development saw him win this season's Most Improved player award at the Annual Awards Evening earlier in the month.
Bath Rugby Head Coach, Gary Gold, said: "Roko is an incredible raw talent, and we've really seen how dangerous he can be in the recent months. He's developed a lot in his time here so far, has been a potent threat for us in attack and ruthless in defence. He has a lot more still to come, and we're very much looking forward to working with him to bring that out."

Rokoduguni's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel 'Barty' Bartholomew, added: "As Roko's Commanding Officer, I am extremely proud of his achievements both on and off the rugby field over this last season at Bath Rugby. He remains a Lance Corporal in The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and has been an excellent ambassador for the Regiment and Army. We all look forward to watching him score many more tries at the Rec, as well as top scoring against the Navy next year!"

Source: Bath Rugby

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Bath Rugby pre-season fixtures

Bath Rugby v Bristol Rugby – Saturday 17th August, 15.00 KO

Newport Gwent Dragons v Bath Rugby – Friday 23rd August, 19.15 KO

Bath Rugby v Ospreys – Friday 30th August, 19.30 KO

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Monday, 13 May 2013

Bath coach Gary Gold's voice used to deter birds at the Rec

The voice of Bath head coach Gary Gold is being used to scare away a flock of birds that have taken residence at the Recreation Ground.

The club's groundsmen had stripped away last season's surface and replanted grass seeds, only for the birds to descend onto the pitch and eat them.

In an attempt to deter them, South African Gold has recorded a warning message to be played over the tannoy.


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Friday, 10 May 2013

Stephen Donald departs Bath Rugby with only fond memories of Rec stay

For a player who came in for a fair amount of flak during his time at Bath Rugby, Stephen Donald insists he will leave the club with nothing but fond memories.

Having arrived at The Rec in November 2011 just weeks after kicking New Zealand to World Cup victory, expectations of the fly-half were sky high.

Although it would have been almost impossible for him to match his heroics with the All Blacks following his move from Super Rugby side Chiefs, many felt Donald failed to produce his very best for Bath.


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Jonathan Joseph excited by Bath Rugby and England challenge

Jonathan Joseph says he “cannot wait” to get started at Bath Rugby – but he also has the excitement of an England tour to look forward to first.

The London Irish centre, who celebrates his 22nd birthday on May 21, is one of nine new signings who are heading to The Rec for the 2013-14 season.

But his efforts during the current campaign were recognised last night as he was named as JP Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s Series player of the season, 36 hours after being named in the England squad to tour South America.


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Horacio Agulla and Dave Attwood clinch Bath Rugby award double

Horacio Agulla and Dave Attwood both picked up two awards at the Bath annual awards evening.

Agulla’s tenacity and consistency saw him scoop the Best Back award, with his nose for the try-line seeing him also crowned the club’s Top Try Scorer of the season, with 11.

Attwood, who will be in England’s squad to tour Argentina this summer, has been rewarded for his tremendous work rate and physicality this season with the Best Forward award, and also received the recognition of his peers by being nominated as Players’ Player of the Season.


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Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Four Bath Rugby players to tour with England

Four Bath Rugby players will be flying the flag with England this summer as they tour Uruguay and Argentina.

Dave Attwood and Rob Webber return to the squad amongst the forwards, with David Wilson retaining his spot from the RBS 6 Nations Championship.
Kyle Eastmond, in his first full season of rugby union, is one of 11 uncapped players selected in Stuart Lancaster's 32-man squad.

The remaining 10 new players are forwards Rob Buchanan (Harlequins), Calum Clark (Northampton Saints), Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors), Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers), Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks) and Billy Vunipola (London Wasps), and backs Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Joel Tomkins (Saracens), Christian Wade (London Wasps) and Marland Yarde (London Irish).


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Sunday, 5 May 2013

Coaches stay optimistic despite defeat at Saracens ending Bath Rugby's Heineken Cup qualification bid

Mike Ford says Bath Rugby’s coaching staff are enthusiastic about the future of the club despite the Aviva Premiership final-day defeat at Saracens scuppering their bid to play in the Heineken Cup next season.

Bath needed to record victory at Allianz Park and hope local rivals Gloucester triumphed at Exeter Chiefs’ Sandy Park to climb into the required top-six qualification spot.

Gary Gold’s side were handed a 23-14 defeat as Saracens topped the Premiership regular season standings, however, while Chiefs shaded a topsy-turvy contest 40-39, meaning Bath finished one place short in seventh.


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Friday, 3 May 2013

Bath Rugby team to face Saracens

15. Ollie Devoto
14. Horacio Agulla
13. Ben Williams
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Semesa Rokoduguni
10. Stephen Donald
9. Michael Claassens
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Dominic Day
5. Dave Attwood
6. Francois Louw ( c )
7. Guy Mercer
8. Simon Taylor


16. Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Will Spencer
20. Mat Gilbert
21. Nick Koster
22. Peter Stringer
23. Tom Biggs

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Thursday, 2 May 2013

Springbok flanker Francois Louw excited by new Bath Rugby arrivals

The current list of new signings may be impressive but the arrival of any player this summer is unlikely to be as crucial to Bath Rugby as Francois Louw’s commitment to the club for next season.
The South African flanker remains the linchpin of the squad as his second season at The Rec draws to a close after another string of stand-out performances, none less important than in the most recent match where his last-gasp try secured a bonus-point Aviva Premiership win over Leicester Tigers.
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Try reading this aloud without passing out through the lack of full stops or laughter... :)

I am extremely disappointed at the way the Bath Chronicle has persistently supported Bath Rugby's misuse of the Rec, especially when so many alternatives are available, including their own land at Lambridge – which is clearly available to them for the business expansion they seek, and we urge all at the Bath Chronicle to give more space and support to the protection of our city rather than to Bruce Craig's financial interests in Bath or the Bahamas by giving more space and more exposure to the lies behind these inappropriate plans for the misuse of the Rec Trust's assets at so many levels. Your paper seems to either ignore or conceal this from the exposure it deserves.

I look forward to seeing my letter in the Bath Chronicle and to witness a change in your future policy over the protection of this irreplaceable public open space so vital to the future health of all Bath citizens rather than advancing the financial greed of one multi-millionaire.
Anthony Hooper Johnstone Street Bath


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