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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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

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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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