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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