Monday, 30 September 2013

Bath aiming for more Euro silverware

Bath and England full back Nick Abendanon still cherishes the day he got his hands on the Amlin Challenge Cup - and he wants to do it again.

Five years on and he believes the west country club are rounding into the kind of form that could see them challenge for a third major European title when they lunch their 2013/14 Pool 2 campaign in France against Bordeaux-Begles on Sunday, 12 October.

Bath took 29 out of a possible 30 points in their Pool matches last year before bowing out in the quarter-finals to Stade Francais Paris, 36-20 at The Recreation Ground. If that was a tough day at the office for the home side, it was also a lesson learned.

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Bath United team to face Exeter Braves


15. Marcus Beer
14. Saeed Agboke
13. Ben Williams
12. Tom Heathcote
11. Tom Biggs
10. Gavin Henson
9. Micky Young
1. Charlie Beech
2. Tom Dunn
3. Kane Palma-Newport (c)
4. Will Spencer
5. Charlie Ewells
6. Will Skuse
7. Mat Gilbert
8. Carl Fearns

Replacements

16. Tom Woolstencroft
17. Greig Palmer
18. Adam Jamieson
19. Tom Ellis
20. Max Northcote-Green
21. Martin Roberts
22. Pete Laverick
23. George Trick



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Sunday, 29 September 2013

Bath Rec redevelopment

Proposals to develop the home of Bath Rugby go on show on Friday lunchtime.

The club wants to demolish and rebuild the west stand and clubhouse to bring the facilities at the Rec up to premiership and international standard.

It is holding consultation events at the Rec on Friday and Saturday before coming up with a planning application later this year.

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Aviva Premiership Table after Round 4

Bath sitting in 4th place after round 4


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Saturday, 28 September 2013

Next round of BT sport coverage of the Aviva Premiership

Round 8
Friday 22 November (7.45pm) - Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors
Saturday 23 November (3.15pm) - Northampton Saints v Newcastle Falcons
Sunday 24 November (2pm) - London Wasps v Bath Rugby

Round 9
Friday 29 November (7.45pm) - Gloucester Rugby v Leicester Tigers
Saturday 30 November (3.15pm) - Bath Rugby v Exeter Chiefs
Sunday 1 December (2.30pm) - Newcastle Falcons v Harlequins

Round10
Friday 20 December (7.45pm) - Sale Sharks v London Irish
Saturday 21 December (3.15pm) - Saracens v Leicester Tigers
Sunday 22 December (2pm) - Gloucester Rugby v Worcester Warriors

Round 11
Friday 27 December (7.45pm) - Newcastle Falcons v London Wasps
Saturday 28 December (4pm) - Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs
Saturday 29 December (2pm) - London Irish v Gloucester Rugby

Round 12
Friday 3 January (7.45pm) - Northampton Saints v Harlequins
Saturday 4 January (3.15pm) - Gloucester Rugby v Saracens
Sunday 5 January (2pm) - Leicester Tigers v Bath Rugby

"Live TV Audiences are booming in Aviva Premiership Rugby, up 130% on the first two weekends compared to a year earlier.
Hayes added: "The first two weekends with BT Sport were a big success. The figures prove the huge interest in Aviva Premiership Rugby and we are delighted to see all of the hard work delivering results."


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Friday, 27 September 2013

Bath Rugby team to face London Irish


15. Anthony Watson
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. Dominic Day
5. Dave Attwood ( c )
6. Matt Garvey
7. Guy Mercer
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Anthony Perenise
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Stuart Hooper
20. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
21. Martin Roberts
22. Ollie Devoto
23. Tom Biggs


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Sunday, 22 September 2013

Bath Rugby fall to first defeat of the season

Bath Rugby succumbed to their first defeat of the season at Allianz Park this afternoon, losing 31-17 to a determined Saracens.

The first points of the game came from a penalty awarded to Saracens after Bath were judged to have not rolled away at the ruck close to their own posts, fly-half Owen Farrell taking the simple kick to make it 3-0 to the home side.

Saracens knocked on at the restart, under pressure from the oncoming Bath defenders. A sustained series of attacks on the home tryline – a position which came from a powerful burst from outside centre Matt Banahan – resulted in a penalty to Bath in front of the posts, which fly-half Tom Heathcote duly converted. 3-3.

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Friday, 20 September 2013

Bath Rugby team to face Saracens


15. Anthony Watson
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Matt Banahan
12. Gavin Henson
11. Tom Biggs
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Martin Roberts
1. Anthony Perenise
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dominic Day
6. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
7. Guy Mercer
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn
17. Paul James
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Dave Attwood
20. Matt Garvey
21. Micky Young
22. George Ford
23. Jonathan Joseph


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Sunday, 15 September 2013

Premiership Table after Round 2

Bath Rugby up to 3rd! :)



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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Match Reaction: Bath Rugby 27 Leicester Tigers 20

Bath Rugby head coach Mike Ford was quick to praise all of his side and not just son and fly-half George Ford after a 27-20 victory over Leicester Tigers to mark the 100th anniversary of the fixture.

Ford junior, who moved to Bath from the Tigers in the summer, kicked 17 points while first-half tries from Jonathan Joseph and Matt Banahan ensured the West Country side made it two wins from two in the Aviva Premiership this season.

Bath moved into a 21-3 lead at half-time, taking advantage of Leicester being reduced to 13 men with both Logovi'i Mulipola and Tom Youngs sent to the sin bin.

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Bath Rugby take Centenary spoils

The 100th anniversary of the first match ever played between Bath Rugby and Leicester Tigers ended in the most dramatic of fashions as Bath held off a second-half fight back from the visitors to clinch a 27-20 win in front of a packed Recreation Ground.

Both sides failed in their first attempts at goal, but Tigers' French scrum-half David Mele was more successful with his second, giving the visitors the early lead. On the restart, tighthead prop Dan Cole knocked on attempting to steal the loose ball. A strong Bath scrum won a second shot at goal for Ford, who made sure this one was straight and true. 3-3.

On 21 minutes, and to rapturous applause from the home crowd, Jonathan Joseph broke Tigers' hopes of a try after intercepting a Ryan Lamb pass in his own half and gliding through the defence and all the way under the posts. Ford's conversion made it 10-3.
Bath were on the attack once more when the Tigers loosehead, Logovi'I Mulipola, was yellow carded for a shoulder charge on lock Dave Attwood. It wasn't long until the dominant Bath pack won a shot at goal with another strong scrummage – Ford punishing Tigers' indiscipline with a further three points to go ahead 13-3.

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Friday, 13 September 2013

Bath Rugby team to face Leicester Tigers


15. Anthony Watson
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Gavin Henson
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. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
21. Micky Young
22. Tom Heathcote
23. Tom Biggs


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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Biggs rumours not true - Ford

Bath coach Mike Ford has poured cold water on the rumours that England Saxons wing Tom Biggs is in line to move to rugby league outfit Hull FC.

The 29-year-old back was on Tuesday linked with a switch to his hometown club, with local reports from the Hull Daily Mail suggesting the transfer.

Ford, however, has quickly put an end to such talk, saying that finisher Biggs is going nowhere.

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Consultation over new plans for the Rec

Bath Rugby can confirm that we will hold two consultation events at the end of September before submitting a planning application for any development at the Recreation Ground.

The consultation events will be on Friday 27th September from 12noon to 19.00 and Saturday 28th September from 12noon to 18.00 in a marquee at The Rec.
While it is intended that the matchday capacity will be increased within the existing footprint used by the Club, the most notable improvement will be to the appearance of The Rec and the facilities on offer, which currently fall far below Premiership, not to mention international, standards.
A design team made up of Wilkinson Eyre Architects, city engineering consultants Buro Happold, environmental design firm Nicholas Pearson Associates, law firm Withy King, Boyer Planning and project management specialist Capita Symonds have been tasked with drawing up detailed proposals to incorporate the space within our existing footprint. From this, we will look to submit a planning application late in the year following consultation with the public.

The East Stand will continue to be a temporary stand that is removed each summer to allow the Rec to be used for other sport, leisure and cultural events. The West Stand, North Terrace and Clubhouse will be demolished and redeveloped to vastly improve the three permanent stands.

At this stage, there will be no images of what an arena would look like, but information will include a site plan showing the overall size of the proposed development.

Chief Executive Nick Blofeld said: "This new facility is for the use of the whole city, with the rugby ground and home of Bath Rugby just one of many functions. With that in mind, it is appropriate that we consult the people of Bath in the process of drawing up a design to be submitted as a planning application. The Rec is one of the most recognised grounds in world rugby, with Bath Rugby having played there since 1894. We celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2015 and it is fitting that these plans are now being worked up ahead of that historic milestone."

Source: Bath Rugby


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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Bath United over-power Wasps A

Bath United opened their Aviva Premiership A League account with a 36-16 win over the visiting London Wasps A.

United scored four tries to Wasps' two in a back-and-forth encounter that was won by sheer dint of the home side's ability to make the most of the opportunities presented to them.
Wasps fly-half Joe Carlisle's successful ninth-minute penalty kick saw an immediate response from the United backs. Captain Kane Palma-Newport, a constant thorn in Wasps' side, was quick to turn-over a loose ball, which was spun wide by inside centre Gavin Henson to his outside man Max Clark.

Fullback Ludi Hopkinson perfectly judged the line through which to take Clark's soft pass, drawing the last man in Wasps' defence to pop to rampaging wing Tom Biggs, who hared under the posts to score the opening try. With fly-half Tom Heathcote successfully converting, it was 7-3 to United.

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Sunday, 8 September 2013

Matt Garvey wants more of the same from mentors after Bath Rugby move

Matt Garvey says the opportunity to link up with mentors Toby Booth and Neal Hatley was one the new Bath Rugby recruit could not turn down.

Garvey is one of four players to arrive at The Rec from London Irish ahead of the new campaign, with Jonathan Joseph, Anthony Watson and David Sisi also heading west along the M4.

The 25-year-old got his first taste of Aviva Premiership action in the 2009-10 season, just months after former head coach Booth had led Irish to the Grand Final.

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Bath Rugby scrum-half Peter Stringer still going strong

Peter Stringer may have just endured his 16th pre-season training programme as a professional but the Bath Rugby scrum-half has no plans for it to be his last.

The 98-cap Ireland international first arrived at The Rec in January, a month after turning 35, signing on a short-term loan deal as injury cover for Michael Claassens.

Stringer hit the ground running, scoring two tries on debut in an LV= Cup victory over Exeter and Claassens struggled to displace him from the team upon returning to full fitness.

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Top 4!




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Saturday, 7 September 2013

Newcastle 0 Bath 21: A grim return to the top for Richards in season opener

Dean Richard's Aviva Premiership comeback was wrecked by Bath at Kingston Park, as the opening game of the new season turned into a particularly damp squib.

Newcastle’s director of rugby had waited four years for this special occasion after serving his Bloodgate ban and re-surfacing in the second tier of the English game 12 months ago.

Yet it was a grim match in filthy conditions, watched by a meagre crowd of 4,616, and there was no fairy-tale script for Richards as his promoted side were emphatically beaten in an arm-wrestle encounter.

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Friday, 6 September 2013

A few extras tonight on BT sport...

A few extra to coverage for tonight's Bath game...

Cameras in dressing rooms

Introduction of kicking tee camera and lineout cam

Pre-match pitch walk, featuring interviews with players

In-match interviews with directors of rugby

Half-time player interviews


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Thursday, 5 September 2013

Gary Gold: Bath boss wants 'attacking' style for new season

Bath director of rugby Gary Gold says fans can expect an attacking brand of rugby from his side this season.

The West Country outfit finished seventh in the Premiership last term and had the second-best defensive record in the league, behind Saracens.
But Gold, now in his second season at the Rec, says their focus will now be on their forward performance.

"Last year we wanted to look at our basics, to lay a foundation," he told BBC Points West.
"We want to play an exciting brand of attacking rugby and add a couple more strings to our bow.

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Bath Rugby team to face Newcastle Falcons


15. Anthony Watson
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. Mat Gilbert
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Dominic Day
20. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
21. Micky Young
22. Gavin Henson
23. Tom Biggs


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Monday, 2 September 2013

BATH RUGBY PLAYERS LAUNCH THE “CHILDREN’S CHALLENGE”

Bath Rugby has launched a new initiative to inspire more children in the local community to lead fitter, healthier and more active lifestyles.

The Bath Rugby Children’s Challenge is a set of fitness challenges created by the players aimed at girls and boys, aged up to 15 years. Members of the squad have set targets for the children to reach and have also taken part in the challenges so that the children can benchmark their results against them. The challenge is part of a wider Bath Rugby initiative which sees the launch of a new Junior Membership Club.

Mike Ford, Head Coach at Bath Rugby hopes to inspire as many as 10,000 children to get involved with the initiative in the first year and said “As a Club we are very much involved with the local community. While we rely on the fans supporting us on a match day we also like to give back and support the community either by fundraising or by lending a helping hand where needed. Children all over the UK need encouragement and outlets like this if we are to steer them away from a culture that revolves around the TV and the sofa! We see this initiative as a key part of Bath Rugby’s legacy to help inspire children in our local communities and that is why we have launched our Junior Membership Club. We are passionate about increasing our engagement with kids all over the region and helping them to be active.”

Ford added “The players are very much behind the challenges and have chosen some non-rugby related ones to appeal to girls and boys of all ages and interests. The keepie-uppies one is my personal favourite, some of the players find this really hard and certainly need the practise.”

The Bath Rugby Children’s challenges are:-

To sprint 50m as fast as Tom Biggs - set a time on the 50 m sprint challenge

Hula Hoop longer than Dave Attwood

Do as many “keepie-uppies” with a rugby ball as Matt Banahan

Take the Kyle Eastmond quick feet challenge

Kick a ball between two cones like Tom Heathcote



Participation in the Bath Rugby Children’s Challenge is free. Children should register online at www.bathrugby.com/fans/jmc to become member of Bath Rugby’s new Junior Membership Club. The challenges will be set up on the Recreation Ground in the outfield at each home game throughout the season. Spot prizes will be awarded for effort and a leader board maintained throughout the season.
















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Sunday, 1 September 2013

Bath Rugby allay Kyle Eastmond injury fears ahead of Aviva Premiership opener

First-team coach Neal Hatley expects Kyle Eastmond to shake off an ankle injury and be fit for Bath Rugby’s Aviva Premiership opener at Newcastle Falcons next Friday.

The England centre limped off with 15 minutes to play as Bath rounded off their pre-season friendly programme with a 27-10 victory over Ospreys at The Rec last night.

Eastmond appeared in some discomfort after getting his leg trapped under a ruck but forwards boss Hatley says the problem does not look as bad as first feared and it should not keep him out of next week’s trip to Kingston Park.

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Bath Rugby switch is no problem for Leroy Houston

He may be yet to play a competitive game for Bath Rugby but life at The Rec is already pretty rosy for Leroy Houston.

Eight years ago, the New Zealand-born back rower was one of the hottest properties in Super Rugby with Waratahs and was called up to tour with Australia at the age of 18.

Although he missed out on a senior cap, he appeared for the Wallabies at age-group level before switching to Queensland Reds in 2008.

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