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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Saturday, 8 June 2013

Newport Gwent Dragons join race to sign Bath Rugby target Gavin Henson

Newport Gwent Dragons are believed to have joined Bath Rugby in the race to sign Gavin Henson.

The Wales international was thought to be on the verge of signing a two-year deal at The Rec but a report at Wales Online today says that incoming Dragons boss Lyn Jones is keen to lure Henson back to his homeland.

Henson, 31, has won 33 caps for his country and once for the British & Irish Lions. He took 21 months out of the game in 2010 and has been beset by injury and off-the-field issues since.

Jones knows the controversial back better than most, having worked with him for five years at Ospreys before the pair were reunited at London Welsh last season.

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Thursday, 6 June 2013

Tom Heathcote relishing battle for Bath Rugby's number ten shirt

Tom Heathcote cannot wait to begin next season’s battle for the Bath Rugby fly-half jersey.

Following the departures of Stephen Donald and Sam Vesty, Heathcote will go head-to-head with new recruit George Ford when the squad regroup later this summer.

The arrival of a third fly-half is still expected at The Rec – a position with which Gavin Henson has been strongly linked – and Academy player Ollie Devoto is also under contract but it is 21-year-old Heathcote or Ford, one year his junior, who are likely to start at number ten on the first day of the next Aviva Premiership season.

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Bath Rugby trio to start first Test

Bath Rugby trio Rob Webber, David Wilson and Dave Attwood have all been named in Stuart Lancaster's England side to face Argentina this Saturday, at the Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena in Salta, kick-off 20.10 BST.

England side to face Argentina

15. Mike Brown (Harlequins, 16 caps)
14. Christian Wade (Wasps, uncapped)
13. Jonathan Joseph (London Irish, 4 caps)
12. Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby, 4 caps)
11. David Strettle (Saracens, 13 caps)
10. Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby, 1 cap)
9. Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints, 7 caps)
1. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 10 caps)
2. Rob Webber (Bath Rugby, 3 caps)
3. David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 26 caps)
4. Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 9 caps)
5. Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby, 2 caps)
6. Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 18 caps, captain)
7. Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors, uncapped)
8. Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 10 caps)

Replacements

16. David Paice (London Irish, 6 caps)
17. Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks, uncapped)
18. Paul Doran Jones (Northampton Saints, 4 caps)
19. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 20 caps)
20. Billy Vunipola (London Wasps, uncapped)
21. Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens, 12 caps)
22. Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
23. Ben Foden (Northampton Saints, 30 caps)


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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

2013/14 Amlin Challenge Cup opposition confirmed


Pool 1: Biarritz Olympique, Sale Sharks, Worcester Warriors, Oyonnax

Pool 2: Bath Rugby, Newport Gwent Dragons, Bordeaux-Begles, Mogliano Rugby

Pool 3: Brive, Newcastle Falcons, Cammi Rugby Calvisano, Bucharest Wolves

Pool 4: London Wasps, Rugby Viadana, Bayonne, Grenoble

Pool 5: Stade Francais Paris, London Irish, I Cavalieri Prato, Olympus Rugby XV

2013/14 Amlin Challenge Cup dates

Round 1 10/11/12/13 October 2013
Round 2 17/18/19/20 October 2013
Round 3 5/6/7/8 December 2013
Round 4 12/13/14/15 December 2013
Round 5 9/10/11/12 January 2014
Round 6 17/18/19 January 2014
Quarter-finals 3/4/5/6 April 2014
Semi-finals 25/26/27 April 2014
Final 23/24/25 May 2014


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The Rec

The Recreation Ground, commonly known as the "Rec", is one of the most picturesque sports grounds in the world, let alone the UK. It is situated alongside the River Avon, between Bath Abbey and Great Pulteney Street Bridge, a masterpiece of Georgian-era architecture.

The land itself is the actual recreation ground of the city of Bath, a 5.2 acre (2.1 hectares) site that sits in the heart of one of Britain’s most beautiful cities. In the early part of the 1890s, the land was part of Bathwick Estate, which was owned by the Forester Family, and in 1894, Captain GW Forester granted a lease to the directors of The Bath and County Recreation Ground Company Limited, with the aim of making it suitable for sport and leisure pursuits. The first rugby match was played later that year, and three years on the first cricket match took place when Somerset County Cricket Club hosted the Gentlemen of Philadelphia.
The rugby club continued to use the ground until 1927, when they agreed to a new lease which allowed them use of the west side and to erect a Grand Stand, new North Stand, and a Pavilion for a term of 25 years. The lease has been regularly extended, and the most recent was signed in 1995 for a term of 75 years. A new West Stand was built in 1933 to replace the Grand Stand, but that in turn was damaged during World War Two and rebuilt at a cost of £12,000 (US $18,500). The club room was then built in 1954.

Nowadays, a quarter of the Recreation Ground is leased to Bath during the rugby season, and the ground holds 12,200. The East Stand is removed during summer so cricket can take place and field hockey, croquet, football, volleyball, and lacrosse all take place over the summer.
(All prices marked with a dollar sign in this review are US Dollars as of May 2013, unless otherwise noted.)

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Monday, 3 June 2013

Louw called up to South Africa squad

Congratulations to Bath Rugby flanker Francois Louw, who has been added to the South Africa squad preparing to take part in the Castle Lager Incoming Series later this month.

The 34-man Springbok squad will compete against Italy, Samoa and Scotland in the tournament.
DHL Western Province midfielder Jean de Villiers, the most experienced member of the squad with 84 Test caps, retains the captaincy.

The Springbok squad will assemble in Durban on Sunday. The first Test of the Castle Later Incoming Series is next Saturday at Growthpoint Kings Park against Italy, kick-off 16.15 BST.


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Saturday, 1 June 2013

Stuart Lancaster backs Kyle Eastmond to shine as he names team to play opener

Stuart Lancaster believes that Kyle Eastmond has all the playmaking qualities to thrive at Test level and has named the Bath centre in England's side to play a South American XV in Montevideo on Sunday.

Rugby league convert Eastmond, 23, will make his first senior start in a side featuring 13 changes from last Sunday's 40-12 victory over the Barbarians and captained by Northampton flanker Tom Wood.

"He has got great feet and balance and he is very strong and powerful but what he has also got is great timing and execution of his passing," England head coach Lancaster said.

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