Friday, 26 December 2014

Bath Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs

15. Anthony Watson
14. Horacio Agulla
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Chris Cook
1. Nick Auterac
2. Rob Webber
3. Henry Thomas
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dominic Day
6. Matt Garvey
7. Francois Louw
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Paul James
18. David Wilson
19. Dave Attwood
20. Carl Fearns
21. Sam Burgess
22. Micky Young
23. Ollie Devoto

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Monday, 22 December 2014

Thrilling Fijian Matawalu joins Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby are excited to announce Fijian scrum-half Nikola Matawalu will join the Club for the 2015/16 season.

Matawalu is a thrilling young talent who joins from Glasgow Warriors, where he has scored 22 tries in 59 appearances.

A quick, creative and astute operator, the 25-year-old has represented Fiji 21 times on the national stage, in both the full 15 and the Sevens sides.

"I'm really happy to be joining Bath next season. They are a very ambitious Club with a very talented squad and coaching team," said Matawalu.

"I'm looking forward to getting settled in and testing myself in the Aviva Premiership and top flight of Europe, but for the remainder of the season my focus will be with Glasgow."
Mike Ford, Head Coach of Bath, added: "Niko is an incredibly talented and exciting young player, and we're eager to see his skill-set worked into our attacking style of play. He's a great character, and we know he'll fit in really well at the Club."

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Back row trio commit to Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby is delighted to announce that the powerful back row trio of Matt Garvey, Leroy Houston and Guy Mercer have renewed their contracts with the Club.

"I've loved my time at Bath so far, and I'm really looking forward to progressing with the team. We've got world class facilities, fantastic coaches and top support staff - I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be to continue my career." "Matt, Leroy and Guy are all talented players, and offer different qualities that give us a good variety and strength in depth in the back row," Head Coach Mike Ford said when talking about the news.

"They are passionate about the Club and committed to what we are trying to achieve here. We're really happy they are staying on and know they'll continue to give their all for us."

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Bath Rugby team to face Gloucester Rugby

15. Anthony Watson
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Chris Cook
1. Paul James
2. Ross Batty
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dominic Day
6. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
7. Francois Louw
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Rob Webber
17. Nick Auterac
18. Henry Thomas
19. Matt Garvey
20. Carl Fearns
21. Micky Young
22. Ollie Devoto
23. Sam Burgess

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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Hooker duo extend Bath Rugby contracts

Bath Rugby hookers Rob Webber and Ross Batty have both extended their contracts, the Club are pleased to today confirm.

28-year-old England international, Rob Webber, who moved to Bath ahead of the 2012/13 season, says it was an easy decision to make.

"There is a huge amount of drive and ambition at the Club, which is fantastic to be part of. We are all striving to be the best we can be and I believe the set-up here – the coaching team, the support staff and the facilities – provides us with the best possible opportunity to do that."

Now in his fifth year with Bath, Batty has gone from strength to strength in his time at the Club, and relishes the competition for the starting shirt.

"I'm really happy to have extended my contract with Bath – I really enjoy being here and it's a great Club to be part of. This is my fifth season and it's a great squad to work with every day. We're on the right road, and I want to carry on being part of the journey we've started."

Head Coach Mike Ford added: "We're building a really strong squad here at Bath, and the likes of Rob, Ross and Tom Dunn have been here from the beginning of that and completely understand what we're trying to achieve. It goes without saying they are both talented, dynamic rugby players, but it's also what they add off the field that makes them really important to us."

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Monday, 8 December 2014

Burgess to make first Bath start

Sam Burgess will make his first start for Bath since converting to rugby league in this Friday's European Champions Cup clash against Montpellier at the Rec.

South Africa international flanker Francois Louw will also return from injury to start against Montpellier following surgery.

Burgess will start at inside centre, where he appeared off the bench in the Premiership clash with Harlequins and in Montpellier over the last two Fridays. He replaces Kyle Eastmond, who is rested.
"Sam Burgess will get his first start and Francois Louw will also come into the 15 too," said bath coach Toby Booth. "Sam has progressed well and is improving all the time. He's put in a hug effort on the training field and we always said we were going to centre his learning what happens at the ruck, and we're delighted with how he's come on in that regard.

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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Bath Rugby team to face Montpellier

15 Anthony Watson
14 Horacio Agulla
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Matt Banahan
10 George Ford
9 Chris Cook
1 Nick Auterac
2 Ross Batty
3 Henry Thomas
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dominic Day
6 David Sisi
7 Carl Fearns
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Rob Webber
17 Paul James
18 David Wilson
19 Dave Attwood
20 Alafoti Fa'osiliva
21 Peter Stringer
22 Ollie Devoto
23 Sam Burgess

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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Slammin Sam on the bench

Bath Rugby team to face Harlequins

15 Gavin Henson
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Matt Banahan
10 Ollie Devoto
9 Chris Cook
1 Nick Auterac
2 Ross Batty
3 Henry Thomas
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dominic Day
6 Matt Garvey
7 David Sisi
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Tom Dunn
17 Paul James
18 Kane Palma-Newport
19 Charlie Ewels
20 Carl Fearns
21 Peter Stringer
22 Sam Burgess
23 Horacio Agulla

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Friday, 21 November 2014

Bath Rugby team to face London Irish

15 Luke Arscott
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Matt Banahan
10 Gavin Henson
9 Micky Young
1 Nathan Catt
2 Ross Batty
3 Henry Thomas
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dominic Day
6 Matt Garvey
7 David Sisi
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Tom Dunn
17 Nick Auterac
18 Kane Palma-Newport
19 Charlie Ewels
20 Carl Fearns
21 Chris Cook
22 Ollie Devoto
23 Olly Woodburn

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Friday, 14 November 2014

Bath Rugby team to face Newcastle Falcons


15. Luke Arscott
14. Olly Woodburn
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Ollie Devoto
11. Matt Banahan
10. Gavin Henson
9. Micky Young
1. Nathan Catt
2. Ross Batty
3. Henry Thomas
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dominic Day
6. Charlie Ewels
7. David Sisi
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn
17. Nick Auterac
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Matt Garvey
20. Tom Ellis
21. Max Northcote-Green
22. Chris Cook
23. Richard Lane

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Friday, 7 November 2014

Bath Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs


15 Luke Arscott
14 Olly Woodburn
13 Matt Banahan
12 Ollie Devoto
11 Richard Lane
10 Gavin Henson
9 Micky Young
1 Nathan Catt
2 Ross Batty
3 Henry Thomas
4 Dominic Day
5 Charlie Ewels (c)
6 David Sisi
7 Max Northcote-Green
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Tom Dunn
17 Nick Auterac
18 Kane Palma-Newport
19 Tom Ellis
20 Stuart Hooper
21 Peter Stringer
22 Max Clark
23 George Wacokecoke

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Thursday, 6 November 2014

England team full of Bath players

(v New Zealand, QBE International, Saturday, November 8, 2.30pm, live on Sky Sports HD)

15. Mike Brown (Harlequins, 29 caps)
14. Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
13. Brad Barritt (Saracens, 18 caps)
12. Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby, 4 caps)
11. Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 7 caps)
10. Owen Farrell (Saracens, 25 caps)
9. Danny Care (Harlequins, 48 caps)
1. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 22 caps)
2. Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 57 caps)
3. David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 37 caps)
4. Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby, 12 caps)
5. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 32 caps)
6. Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 30 caps)
7. Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt, 28 caps)
8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 10 caps)

Replacements

16. Rob Webber (Bath Rugby, 8 caps)
17. Matt Mullan (Wasps, 5 caps)
18. Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons, 2 caps)
19. George Kruis (Saracens, uncapped)
20. Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 23 caps)
21. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 38 caps)
22. George Ford (Bath Rugby, 2 caps)
23. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, uncapped)

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Friday, 31 October 2014

Team to face London Welsh


15. Luke Arscott
14. Olly Woodburn
13. Matt Banahan
12. Ollie Devoto
11. Horacio Agulla
10. Gavin Henson
9. Chris Cook
1. Nick Auterac
2. Ross Batty
3. Kane Palma-Newport
4. Tom Ellis
5. Charlie Ewels (c)
6. Max Northcote-Green
7. Guy Mercer
8. David Sisi

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn
17. Nathan Catt
18. Juan Pablo Orlandi
19. Marcus Garratt
20. Tom Woolstencroft
21. Micky Young
22. Max Clark
23. Richard Lane


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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

James to join Ospreys Rugby at end of season

Bath Rugby can confirm that loosehead prop Paul James will be joining Ospreys Rugby at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old, who has been capped 55 times by Wales, will return to the Swansea-based region from which he joined Bath in 2012. He has made 59 appearances so far for the West Country side, during which time he has played an integral part in the resurgence of the Club's pack as one of the most formidable in the Aviva Premiership.

"I can't speak highly enough of the people here at Bath, in terms of both the Club and its supporters," said James. "From a family perspective, it's been a wonderful experience for us living here too, but it's the right time for us to move back home to Wales. However, there's still a lot to play for here at Bath and I look forward to finishing this season on a high with the team."

Bath Rugby Head Coach Mike Ford said: "Paul has been an outstanding competitor for the Club since his arrival. He's a great leader, a guy who turns up to training with the right attitude every day and gives you everything he's got on matchday. We wish him the best of luck with his move."

James was last week named in Warren Gatland's Wales squad for the Autumn Series, where they will face Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa at the Millennium Stadium.

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Bath Rugby team to face Toulouse

15. Anthony Watson
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Ollie Devoto
11. Horacio Agulla
10. George Ford
9. Chris Cook
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper (c)
5. Dave Attwood
6. Dominic Day
7. David Sisi
8. Charlie Ewels

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18. Henry Thomas
19. Tom Ellis
20. Guy Mercer
21. Peter Stringer
22. Gavin Henson
23. Olly Woodburn

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Friday, 17 October 2014

Bath Rugby side to face Glasgow Warriors

15. Gavin Henson
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Anthony Watson
10. George Ford
9. Micky Young
1. Nick Auterac
2. Ross Batty
3. Henry Thomas
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Dominic Day
7. Guy Mercer
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Rob Webber
17. Paul James
18. David Wilson
19. Charlie Ewels
20. Tom Ellis
21. Peter Stringer
22. Ollie Devoto
23. Horacio Agulla


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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Armitage Bath move is dead - Ford

Bath head coach Mike Ford has said the proposed deal to sign Steffon Armitage from French club Toulon is "dead".

The 29-year-old flanker has been named in the Toulon side to face Scarlets in Sunday's European Champions Cup and will be cup tied if he plays.

"We've tried our best to get him but unfortunately we've just failed to cross the line, " Ford said.

Armitage is now unlikely to play in next year's World Cup, due to England's policy of selecting home-based players.

Both Bath and Armitage had been keen on a move that would enable the reigning European player of the year to challenge for a place in Stuart Lancaster's squad for the 2015 tournament.
But, despite lengthy discussions, the clubs were unable to reach a financial agreement.

"It's a dead deal," Ford told BBC Radio 5 live. "We couldn't really agree with the finances with Toulon, so he'll play for them this weekend and it's a done deal."

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Monday, 13 October 2014

Armitage linked with Bath Rugby

Toulon star Steffon Armitage has been linked with a return to the Premiership in a race against time before the Rugby World Cup.

Midi Olympique report that the RFU have contacted Toulon about the possibility of quickly bringing Armitage back to England in order for him to be eligible for selection.

Toulon are obviously not keen for Armitage to leave, with Mourad Boudjellal telling the publication on Sunday that a loan would not be possible, although the club also doesn't want to prevent the 29-year-old from playing in a World Cup.

Competition in the back-row is fierce for Armitage as Toulon are well-stocked with Chris Masoe and Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe at number eight, along with a group of flankers including Juan Smith and Mamuka Gorgodze.

Two of the three London clubs participating in the new European Champons Cup - Saracens, Harlequins and Wasps - allegedly have an interest in signing Armitage.

The other contender is Bath, backed by Bruce Craig who has a good relationship with Boudjellal.

Armitage signed a three-year contract extension with Toulon last season and has been linked with playing for France, but England appears to remain his first choice.


Source: Planet Rugby

Friday, 10 October 2014

Bath Rugby side to face Wasps


Sunday's match will be aired live on BT Sport.

15. Gavin Henson
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Anthony Watson
10. George Ford
9. Chris Cook
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
7. Guy Mercer
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Nick Auterac
18. Henry Thomas
19. Dominic Day
20. David Sisi
21. Micky Young
22. Ollie Devoto
23. Olly Woodburn

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Bath Rugby will not rush Sam Burgess into action as surgery may delay cross-code move from South Sydney Rabbitohs by four weeks

Bath Rugby will not be rushing Sam Burgess into action after confirming the rugby league superstar may not report to the club for another four weeks.

Burgess underwent surgery on Tuesday after suffering a fractured eye socket and broken cheekbone in South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL Grand Final triumph on Sunday.

The match was Burgess’ last in Australia before he completes a cross-code switch to Bath in the Aviva Premiership.

The 25-year-old was due to join Bath on October 15 but Bath head coach Mike Ford revealed he cannot travel to England immediately following his operation and they may not see Burgess until next month.

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Bath Rugby side to face Saracens

15. Gavin Henson
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Olly Woodburn
10. George Ford
9. Chris Cook
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
7. Guy Mercer
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Nick Auterac
18. Henry Thomas
19. Dominic Day
20. David Sisi
21. Micky Young
22. Ollie Devoto
23. Anthony Watson

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Friday, 26 September 2014

Bath Rugby team to face Northampton Saints

15. Luke Arscott
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Olly Woodburn
10. George Ford
9. Chris Cook
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Alafoti Fa’osiliva
7. Guy Mercer
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn
17. Nick Auterac
18. Henry Thomas
19. Dominic Day
20. Charlie Ewels
21. Peter Stringer
22. Gavin Henson
23. Ollie Devoto

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Friday, 19 September 2014

Big Screen and Scoreboard at the Recreation Ground

Bath Rugby can confirm that the permanent big screen will be back in its usual place, with the same high quality, in time for our game against Saracens on Friday 3rd October.

Unfortunately, we have had to use a temporary screen for our game against Leicester Tigers this weekend and we apologise for any inconvenience or frustration this causes.

We would also like to reassure our supporters that we will have a second scoreboard working tomorrow, which will be visible from the South end of the ground.

We'd like to thank all our supporters for their ongoing patience as we make improvements to the Rec.

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Bath Rugby side to face Leicester Tigers

15 Luke Arscott
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Matt Banahan
10 George Ford
9 Chris Cook
1 Paul James
2 Rob Webber
3 David Wilson
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dave Attwood
6 Carl Fearns
7 Guy Mercer
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Tom Dunn
17 Nick Auterac
18 Henry Thomas
19 Dominic Day
20 Alafoti Fa'osiliva
21 Peter Stringer
22 Ollie Devoto
23 Olly Woodburn

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Bath Rugby 53 London Welsh 26

Semesa Rokoduguni and Jonathan Joseph helped themselves to try doubles as Bath Rugby made it two wins from two this Aviva Premiership Rugby season, with victory over London Welsh at The Rec.Bath once again got off to a fast start as Chris Cook touched down moments after kick-off, and further tries from Leroy Houston, Carl Fearns and one in each half for both Rokoduguni and Joseph saw Bath pick up all five points as they ran in seven tries in their first home game of the campaign.

However London Welsh gave a good account of themselves and not only put points on the scoreboard for the first time this season, but also picked up their first point of the campaign as Peter Browne, Seb Stegmann, Seb Jewell and Lachlan McCaffrey all crossed the whitewash.

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Beyond the game...

For those who couldn't make it to The Rec today, here are some photos of the new match day experience!
















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Friday, 12 September 2014

Bath Rugby side to face London Welsh

15 Luke Arscott
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Anthony Watson
10 George Ford
9 Chris Cook
1 Paul James
2 Rob Webber
3 David Wilson
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dave Attwood
6 Carl Fearns
7 Guy Mercer
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Tom Dunn
17 Nick Auterac
18 Henry Thomas
19 Dominic Day
20 Alafoti Fa'osiliva
21 Peter Stringer
22 Ollie Devoto
23 Matt Banahan

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Rising England star commits to Bath Rugby

Rising England star Anthony Watson has committed his future to Bath Rugby, signing a contract extension that will see the exciting young back stay at the West Country club until at least 2017.

Fresh from England's tour to New Zealand this summer, where he scored a try from the wing in the mid-week game against the Crusaders, Watson got off to a flying start this season, scoring against Sale Sharks within a minute of kick-off.

"Last season was great for me in many ways – from getting regular first team rugby in a winning team, to being called up to tour with England this summer – and I know that a large part of the reason I've managed to do all that is due to my move to Bath. The Club has a fantastic commitment to developing young players and making them the best they can be.

"The whole environment here is about working hard to make improvements every day, focusing on what we can all do to develop our game for the greater good of the team, and that has really helped me push on. I've really enjoyed my time here at Bath so far, so I was really excited to extend my contract, and I can't wait to play my part as we set about achieving our aims."

Pacey and unpredictable in attack, strong and secure in defence, 20 year old Watson quickly established himself in the Bath Rugby starting line-up, making 29 appearances in total throughout the season, scoring five tries, and setting-up many more.

He arrived at Bath having lifted the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship trophy, along with new teammates David Sisi and Ollie Devoto, and ahead of being selected for the squad for the 2014 RBS 6 Nations, he marked his England Saxons debut against the Irish Wolfhounds with a long-range interception try.
Bath Head Coach, Mike Ford, believes the best is yet to come from Watson.

"Anthony is an incredible talent, and we're obviously delighted he's staying with us. I think what is most exciting for us as coaches is that he's still young and still has so much potential to get better. He has a real natural ability on the field, and that will only become more finely tuned as he gets more experience.

"He's the kind of player that you want to watch, that will constantly baffle defences as they don't know what he's going to do next, and we're all looking forward to working with him and helping him progress in his career."

Bath Rugby can also confirm that loosehead prop Beno Obano has joined the Academy on a one-year contract.

The 19-year-old, a former student of Dulwich College who was previously a member of the Wasps Academy, impressed during his spell with Bath United last season.

"Beno is an incredibly strong prop who can bring an edge to our forward play," said Academy Director Danny Grewcock. "We're developing a really exciting Academy squad, and he will be a key player this season."

Source: Bath Rugby

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Monday, 8 September 2014

Gilbert to leave Bath Rugby

Flanker Mat Gilbert will be leaving Bath Rugby to seek more game time, the Club can confirm.
The 28-year-old joined Bath in 2012 from Scarlets. In his two seasons at the Rec, Gilbert made 19 first team appearances, during which he scored three tries.

"I'm sad to be leaving Bath Rugby, but I need more game time to keep on improving as a player," said Gilbert. "It's been a thoroughly enjoyable two years here. I've worked with some great coaches and played alongside some great players, and I know they'll go on to achieve their aims."

Head Coach, Mike Ford, said: "Mat's a recognised talent in the game, so it's unfortunate for him that he's competing for a playing spot with some other very talented players here at Bath. I know he'll go on to continue to succeed in the game, and we wish him the best of luck in the future."

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Friday, 5 September 2014

Bath Rugby team to face Sale Sharks

15. Luke Arscott
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Anthony Watson
10. George Ford
9. Peter Stringer
1. Paul James
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. Nick Auterac
18. Henry Thomas
19. Dave Attwood
20. Carl Fearns
21. Chris Cook
22. Gavin Henson
23. Matt Banahan

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Monday, 1 September 2014

Best Bath Rugby news ever...

West Country brewer Bath Ales has come on board as an official partner of Bath Rugby in time for the start of the new season.

The two-year agreement, which starts immediately, is the biggest partnership deal the brewer has ever committed to and signals a significant investment by the business.

As part of the new relationship, Bath Ales’ branding, featuring the award-winning beer brand ‘Gem’, will be included on the team’s shorts throughout the season.
Robin Couling, Managing Director of Bath Ales, said “We’ve always had an interest in Bath Rugby and they’re a great fit with us. As our local team we’ve been supporting them from the stands for many years – and it’s very exciting to be involved in an official capacity now.

“The Rugby World Cup is being held in the UK next year and there will be increased focus on the sport so it’s a great time to get involved and support a local team that is among the elite national and international club sides.

“We’ve got some exciting activation plans in the pipeline so watch this space.”
The West Stand at the Recreation Ground will be Bath Ales branded, and in-stadia advertising and regular product sampling will take place through the season.

Matt Powell, Business Development Director at Bath Rugby, said: “Bath Ales is a successful and growing local business and we’re delighted to welcome them as a partner.
“We share similar values and ethos and look forward to enjoying a long and fruitful relationship with Bath Ales.
“Our partnerships are hugely important to us and we want to work with businesses we can create long, lasting connections with.”

Bath’s first home game of the season will take place Saturday 13th September when Aviva Premiership newcomers, London Welsh, visit the Rec.

Robin added: “We’re putting our full support and commitment behind Bath Rugby and we anticipate a very successful season ahead for this talented side.”

Source: BathRugby.com

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Friday, 29 August 2014

"Our coaches are top of the league," says Bath Rugby new boy Henry Thomas

Henry Thomas has labelled Bath Rugby’s coaching team as the best in the Aviva Premiership following his arrival at The Rec.

Former King Edward’s schoolboy Thomas has long been expected to make a big impact in England’s front-row and believes a summer switch to his hometown club from Sale Sharks will give him the best chance to fulfil that potential.

Bath’s pack was seen as the fulcrum of their success last season, while Toby Booth and Neal Hatley are amongst the most respected forwards coaches in English rugby.

And tighthead prop Thomas says their dedication to the hard graft up front made it an easy choice to head back to the South West.

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Ford can't wait to see Burgess fly for Bath Rugby

am Burgess is one of rugby league's brightest stars - and in October he'll be downing tools in Australia to travel home and learn a brand new code at Bath.

But head coach Mike Ford says he'd be foolish to curb Burgess' natural instincts as his side aim to make a flying start before their star signing walks through the doors.

And there'll be little time for the 25-year-old, who left Bradford Bulls to join up with South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2010, to catch a breather as the Aviva Premiership will be in full flight.

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Five try Bath Rugby win away at Jersey

Bath Rugby finished their pre-season campaign with a 10-34 victory over Green King IPA Championship side Jersey.

The visitors scored five tries in all, Jonathan Joseph and Semesa Rokoduguni scoring a brace each, and Olly Woodburn also crossing the whitewash.

It was the home side who drew first blood, fly-half Aaron Penberthy slotting a penalty after four minutes when Bath were judged to have not rolled away from the tackle. The Bath backs were looking lively though, with Rokoduguni, Joseph and Woodburn threatening early on.

Gavin Henson levelled the scores for the visitors just after ten minutes of play, before Joseph went over for his first try of the game. Jersey had been looking to launch an attack of their own, but Rokoduguni's tackle on Jack Burroughs led to a turnover. Chris Cook got the ball quickly away, feeding Joseph who in turn offloaded to Henry Thomas who stormed away. The prop returned the ball to the centre who looped away from the covering defence to score. Henson added the extras, giving Bath a seven point lead. 3-10.

Bath were working hard, keeping a tight leash on the home side and turning possession into attacking chances. The effort paid off again five minutes later, after a speculative chip ahead by Henson was taken superbly in the air by Joseph. The ball travelled quickly through the hands of both backs and forwards, with Henson eventually finding Rokoduguni out wide. The winger blasted past the covering Jersey defence, danced along the touchline and sprinted away to score. 3-15.

Joseph's second try came shortly after. The forwards had forced the turnover from Jersey and scrum-half Cook was on hand to send the ball out at speed. Joseph gathered the ball, drew the two defenders covering him, and slid through the gap to burst away. Henson added the extras, taking the score to 3-22.

Jersey looked to try and get a hold in the game as the first-half played out, but their efforts were thwarted by some stern defence from Bath. The last few minutes saw a series of lineouts for the home side, but they were unable to capitalise on the pressure.

Half-time: Jersey 3 – Bath Rugby 22.

The away side's dominance continued early in the second-half, Leroy Houston forcing his way over from close range. The back row picked the ball up from the base of the scrum and hurtled towards the line. Jersey managed to hold him out the first time, but after attempts from two other Bath players, Houston found his hands back on the ball and he dived over a pile of bodies to score inside the post. Henson was once again on target with the conversion, extending the lead to 3-29.

The home side were intent on finding a way through the Bath defence, and they got their reward after a period of sustained pressure and a scything run from fullback Jack Burroughs led to flanker Nick Haining touching down. Penberthy was accurate from the tee, taking their points tally to 10.

The try spurred the Championship on for the next 20 minutes or so as they frustrated the visitors' attempts to forge any meaningful attacks. Eventually the pressure gave as Man of the Match Joseph found himself in space with Woodburn on his shoulder. The centre shipped the ball wide and Woodburn side-stepped the defender, shifted through the gears to score in the corner. Replacement Richard Lane stepped up for the touchline conversion, but he couldn't quite make the tricky angle.

Jersey kept looking to break the defensive walls Bath had put up, but a final infringement meant that Arscott, having switched to fly-half, could send the ball into touch to end the game and seal the win for the visitors.

Final score: Jersey 10 – Bath Rugby 34.

Source: BathRugby.com

Friday, 22 August 2014

Bath Rugby team to face Jersey

15. Luke Arscott
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Olly Woodburn
10. Gavin Henson
9. Chris Cook
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. Henry Thomas
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dominic Day
6. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
7. Carl Fearns
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn
17. Nick Auterac
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Charlie Ewels
20. Guy Mercer
21. Peter Stringer
22. Matt Banahan
23. Richard Lane

The following players will be in shirts with no numbers

Grant Shiells
Juan Pablo Orlandi
Tom Ellis
Dave Sisi
George Wacokeocke

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Ten times the risk but ten times the reward for Bath Rugby owner Bruce Craig

Running a rugby club is ten times harder than running a business – and that’s not my assessment, it’s Bruce Craig’s.

The Bath Rugby owner ran a hugely successful pharmaceutical distribution business before buying the rugby club.

And four years into his ownership, he has some pretty strong views on the differences and similarities between the worlds of business and sport.

All of which is particularly notable in the context of Craig becoming executive chairman of the club from September 1 – a role which will see him take a more active role in running Bath Rugby’s operations.

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Friday, 15 August 2014

Bath Rugby European Rugby Champions Cup fixtures

18th Oct Glasgow Warriors v Bath Rugby - Scotstoun Stadium - kick-off 15.15

25/th Oct Bath Rugby v Toulouse - Recreation Ground - kick-off 15.15

5/6/7 Dec Montpellier v Bath Rugby

12/13/14 Dec Bath Rugby v Montpellier – Recreation Ground

16/17/18 Jan Toulouse v Bath Rugby

23/24/25 Jan Bath Rugby v Glasgow Warriors – Recreation Ground

Quarter-finals: 3/4/5 April 2015
Semi-finals: 17/18/19 April 2015

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Monday, 11 August 2014

Will Genia eyeing up Top 14 move

Will Genia is reportedly going cold on the idea of joining Bath and is instead looking at the Top 14.

Reports in Monday's Midi Olympique say Genia had given a verbal agreement to agree to join Bath and some news outlets in Australia said the deal had been done but fresh reports say Genia is keen to pursue options in the Top 14.

Genia's contract will expire after the 2015 Rugby World Cup and is expected to leave Australia for pastures new. Stade Francais have reportedly made an offer for Genia's services as they look to replace their two ageing scrum-halves - Julien Dupuy, 30, and Jerome Fillol, 36. The French rugby weekly also says usual suspects Toulon and Toulouse could be interested in entering the bidding war.

Source: ESPN

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Friday, 1 August 2014

Bath make 'audacious bid' to sign Will Genia

Bath Rugby are looking to sign Will Genia from the Queensland Reds, having already snared Sam Burgess from National Rugby League club South Sydney Rabbitohs.

ESPN reported in June that Bath had been linked with Genia, but News Corp is now reporting the club have made "an audacious bid" to sign the Wallabies scrum-half and are "now in talks … to lure him to England after next year's World Cup".

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Bath Rugby's Temporary Application Approved

Bath Rugby is delighted that B&NES Council has approved the Club's temporary planning application.

This decision enables the Club to increase capacity at the Rec from 12,000 to close to 14,000 for the next two seasons (2014/2015 and 2015/2016) and provide improved facilities for their supporters in the lead up to the Club's 150th Anniversary.

Nick Blofeld, Chief Executive, Bath Rugby said: "We are delighted that our temporary proposals have been approved. As we gear up for a year of special events to celebrate our 150th Anniversary, this extra capacity will allow more people to get closer to the action during a landmark year in our Club's history. We are particularly excited about welcoming new spectators to the Rec, to enjoy the unique experience of watching Bath Rugby play at their spiritual home, and look forward to providing all our supporters, old and new, with a superb couple of seasons ahead, both on and off the field."

Temporary increases in capacity will be made to the existing seasonal East and North stands and more hospitality boxes will be added to the South (IPL) stand.

Bath Rugby remain focused on securing its long-term future at the Rec and this temporary application is separate to the Club's main plans to redevelop their ageing facilities.

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Bath Rugby Sevens squad

The Kingsholm round of the Premiership Rugby 7s will be shown live on BT Sport, with Bath's fixtures as follows:

19:40 – Bath Rugby v London Irish
20:10 – Bath Rugby v Exeter Chiefs
21:30 – Bath Rugby v Gloucester Rugby

Team

1. Max Northcote-Green (forward)
2. Tom Woolstencroft (forward)
3. Will Homer (scrum half)
4. Ifereimi Vuki (forward)
5. George Wacokecoke (wing)
6. Junior Bulumakau (centre/wing)
7. Chris Cook (hooker/scrum-half) (c)
8. Ed Coulson (10/Centre)
9. Rory Jennings (scrum-half/fly-half)
10. Max Clark (forward)
11. Olly Woodburn (wing/forward)
12. Richard Lane (centre/wing)

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Friday, 25 July 2014

Bath Rugby Make Changes to Senior Management Structure

Bath Rugby announce today changes to its senior management structure. Bruce Craig, Chairman of the Club, will assume the role of Executive Chairman effective from 1st September 2014. Nick Blofeld will step up to a wider group role, taking over responsibility for a number of key projects, including a focus on the potential Rec redevelopment, which would secure a long-term home for the Club.

Supporting Bruce Craig will be Mike Ford (Head Coach) and David Thompson (Performance Director), managing all aspects of the rugby side of the business. Tarquin McDonald (Finance & Strategy Director), will assume responsibility for the day-to-day running of the non-rugby side of the business.

Bruce Craig said, "I am very proud of the progress made by Bath Rugby under Nick's direction over the last five years and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank him for all he has done for the Club to date. I am delighted that, in his new role, he will continue to focus on a number of key projects, including the potential Rec redevelopment, the on-going development of Farleigh House and support for the Bath Rugby Foundation. I am very much looking forward to next season and I am confident that we will see all our hard work bear further fruit in the seasons ahead."

Nick Blofeld said, "I have been privileged to lead a great Club over these last few years and to set it in the right direction for long term success. I'm now looking forward to concentrating even more on trying to keep Bath Rugby at the Rec, as well as a few other key projects, and to being able to watch the team's successes next year and beyond."

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Ford back to full fitness

Bath Rugby have received a boost with the news George Ford is back to full fitness after having surgery in the off-season.

Ford injured his shoulder in Bath's last Aviva Premiership match of the season and even though he played a fortnight later in their Amlin Challenge Cup final match against Northampton, he was forced to go under the knife and missed England's tour of New Zealand.

But Ford is back in pre-season training and will play a full part in Bath's imminent trip to Portugal. Bath coach Mike Ford told the Bath Chronicle: "George's operation went really well and he will be ready to play in the pre-games.

"In the four weeks off he had his operation in the first and was then in a hyperbaric chamber to increase his oxygen levels and help speed up his recovery. He's like new and eager to get back going again. Matt Garvey is back with us and Ross Batty is throwing again, so they've come on really well."

Source: ESPN

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Hooper remains Bath Rugby’s Club Captain

Described by Bath Rugby Head Coach, Mike Ford, as "the best captain I've ever worked with", the Club can today confirm that Stuart Hooper will remain as Club Captain for the 2014/15 season, for the fourth consecutive year.

"I've worked with some great captains throughout my career, but Stuart really is the finest I've had the pleasure of working with", explained Ford.

He continued: "Stuart embodies everything you look for in a captain, and everything we expect from our players here at Bath. His leadership is second to none, he's a skilful, intelligent player on the pitch, and just as importantly he's a wonderful example off the field to the rest of the squad. He also has the respect of everyone at the Club. His work ethic and dedication to improving week on week is exactly what we, as a group of coaches and players, need as we continue the development of the Club."

Hooper has made 150 appearances for Bath to date, and reached the Premiership milestone of 200 appearances last season. A true rugby professional, he was the natural choice to lead the Club again going into the new campaign.
"It's an honour to be named as captain for another season, and I'm very proud to be given the chance to continue leading Bath as we keep improving. We have a very exciting squad, and we know we have the potential to progress even more. We know what we have to do next season, and all the hard work ahead of us, but we can't wait to get started."

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Friday, 11 July 2014

Scrum-half Martin Roberts has left Bath Rugby to join Ospreys

Scrum-half Martin Roberts has left Bath Rugby to join Ospreys, the Club can confirm.

The 28-year-old returns to the Swansea-based regional side for whom he made his professional debut in 2005.

Wales international Roberts joined Bath from Northampton Saints ahead of the 2013/14 season.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Bath,” said Roberts, “but after playing for three years in the Aviva Premiership I feel that now is the right time for me to return to Wales. I am from Glyn Neath and the Ospreys is my home region so I am very excited about going back there. I won’t be going too far, though, so I look forward to staying in touch with many of the great people I’ve met here at the Club.”

Head Coach Mike Ford added: “Martin’s a dynamic player and he has always given his all for Bath during his time here. We all wish him the best of luck at Ospreys.”

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Bath Rugby post World Cup signings announced...

Bath owner Bruce Craig confirms to BBC Points West that the club have already signed new players who will arrive after the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

Craig did not divulge the identities of the new arrivals, but says they will be brought in in time for the 2015-16 season - in which the club will celebrate their 150th year.

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Monday, 7 July 2014

Rokoduguni extends Bath Rugby contract

Bath Rugby winger Semesa Rokoduguni has signed a one-year extension to his contract that will keep him at the Rec until 2016, the Club is delighted to confirm.

The 2013/14 season at Bath Rugby was a breakthrough one for the 26-year-old from Fiji. On the back of some scintillating performances for the Club in his first full season of professional rugby, Rokoduguni became the first serving soldier to be called up to the England set-up since Josh Lewsey. He represented England Saxons against Irish Wolfhounds in January 2014, before playing for an England XV against the Barbarians at Twickenham five months later.
Rokoduguni’s Gatorade Game Changer Award last season exemplified his devastating capabilities from the wing: the ability to beat defenders through both power and speed and a great vision in open play.

On the subject of extending his stay at the Club, Rokoduguni said: “It felt like the natural choice. I love it here at Bath. The environment is superb – we’re like a big family – and everybody wants to play their part in the next stage of the team’s development.”

“Roko’s the type of player you would pay good money to watch, and I tell him as much before every match,” said Head Coach Mike Ford. “It’s remarkable to think that it wasn’t so long ago he was serving with the British Army in Afghanistan. He’s a fantastic winger and he’s going to help us win matches this season, and I’m certain he’ll be pushing for more England recognition too.”

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Friday, 4 July 2014

Genia to join Bath Rugby after the World Cup!?

WALLABIES halfback Will Genia almost certainly will be playing with the Queensland Reds in 2016 as the Australian Rugby Union attempts to find creative solutions to the feared player drain overseas following next year’s World Cup.

It was reported yesterday that Genia had already signed to join English club Bath after the World Cup, but indications are that if the former Wallabies captain does play overseas in 2015-16 it will be in Japan, not Europe, and in a manner designed to ensure he will be able to return to Australia to play for the Reds in the 2016 Super Rugby tournament.

Source: theaustralian.com

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Bath Rugby confirm pre-season friendlies

Bath Rugby can confirm that the Club will play two warm-up matches ahead of the 2014/15 season.

On Saturday 16th August, it’s an Anglo-Welsh clash as Bath Rugby welcome Scarlets to the Rec (k.o. 3pm).

A week later, it’s a homecoming for winger Matt Banahan as Bath face Jersey RFC away on
Saturday 23rd August (k.o. 3pm).

More details on these fixtures will soon follow, including ticket information.

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Bath Rugby fixtures for the 2014/15 season

Sat 6th Sep 14 14:00
Sale Sharks v Bath Rugby

Sat 13th Sep 14 15:00
Bath Rugby v London Welsh

Sat 20th Sep 14 15:15
Bath Rugby v Leicester Tigers

Sat 27th Sep 14 15:15
Northampton Saints v Bath Rugby

Fri 3rd Oct 14 19:45
Bath Rugby v Saracens

Sun 12th Oct 14 14:00
Wasps v Bath Rugby

Sat 15th Nov 14 15:00
Bath Rugby v Newcastle Falcons

Sat 22nd Nov 14 15:00
London Irish v Bath Rugby

Sat 29th Nov 14 15:00
Bath Rugby v Harlequins

Sat 20th Dec 14 15:00
Gloucester Rugby v Bath Rugby

Sat 27th Dec 14 15:00
Bath Rugby v Exeter Chiefs

Sat 3rd Jan 15 15:00
Leicester Tigers v Bath Rugby

Sat 10th Jan 15 15:00
Bath Rugby v Wasps

Sun 15th Feb 15 15:00
Saracens v Bath Rugby

Sat 21st Feb 15 15:00
Bath Rugby v Northampton Saints

Sat 28th Feb 15 15:00
Exeter Chiefs v Bath Rugby

Sat 7th Mar 15 15:00
Bath Rugby v Sale Sharks

Sun 29th Mar 15 14:30
London Welsh v Bath Rugby

Sun 12th Apr 15 15:00
Newcastle Falcons v Bath Rugby

Sat 25th Apr 15 15:00
Bath Rugby v London Irish

Sat 9th May 15 15:00
Harlequins v Bath Rugby

16/17 May 
Bath Rugby v Gloucester Rugby

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Bath Rugby’s Temporary Application Decision Deferred

Bath Rugby is disappointed that B&NES Council has been unable to reach a decision on the Club’s recent temporary application, to increase capacity at the Rec, and that the Councillors have chosen to defer the decision to a later date.

The temporary application sought to increase capacity from 12,000 to close to 14,000 for the next two seasons (2014/2015 and 2015/2016) and provide better facilities for supporters.

Nick Blofeld, Chief Executive, Bath Rugby said: “We are clearly very disappointed that B&NES Development Control Committee has chosen to delay the decision for our temporary application proposal. This presents us with significant operational challenges to be ready for the start of the season, however, we will of course work hard with B&NES to assist them in coming to a positive decision, and still hope to increase our capacity during the period of our 150th anniversary.”

Bath Rugby remain focused on securing its long-term future at the Rec and this temporary application is separate to the Club’s main plans to redevelop their ageing facilities.

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Spencer commits to Bath Rugby

Highly promising young lock Will Spencer has agreed to stay with Bath Rugby until at least the end of the 2015/16 season.

“I’m very happy to have extended my contract here,” Spencer said. “I’ve been given some great opportunities here to grow as a player, and now I want to start challenging for a regular place in the team to continue that. Bath is a really good place for young English players at the moment, with a real focus on us all developing as a squad, so I’m looking forward to what the next season brings.”

“Spence has really kicked on over the last season, gaining valuable game time and winning Championship play-off matches,” First Team Coach Toby Booth said. “He’s grown physically, as a player, and has impressed us with his attitude and performances. He’s still got a lot of potential and he’s in the right environment to fulfil that. The Rec faithful have a lot to look forward to when he runs out on his home turf again.”

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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Bath ambition makes up for end to Luke Arscott’s Test dream

Luke Arscott’s England dreams may always remain unfulfilled but Bath’s new signing believes he can replace those ambitions by bringing glory to The Rec.

He is the man charged with filling the shoes of Clermont-bound Nick Abendanon but, much like his predecessor, Stuart Lancaster has turned a blind eye to his services.

Abendanon’s England career flickered briefly with two caps in 2007, despite a career spanning nine years and in excess of 200 appearances at The Rec.

The window of opportunity in a Red Rose shirt also appears to have come and gone for Arscott after four years in the international wilderness at Exeter Chiefs.

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Monday, 23 June 2014

Bath Rugby boosted with new coaching deals

As pre-season gets under way at Bath Rugby, the Club is delighted to announce that the current coaching team of Mike Ford,

Toby Booth and Neal Hatley have all extended their contracts, and that former Newport Gwent Dragons Head Coach Darren Edwards has joined as a First Team Coach, focusing on the Club’s individual skills programme.

During an illustrious playing career spanning 12 years, Edwards played predominantly for London Welsh and London Irish. He was renowned for his attacking style of play and this is something he has focused on through his coaching career.
Whilst attack coach at Newport Gwent Dragons, he was simultaneously appointed Head Coach of the Wales Under 20 team. In 2011 he was then promoted to Head Coach at the Dragons.

“I can’t wait to get started at Bath,” said Edwards. “They have a fantastic and dynamic young squad, who have masses of potential to build on. It’s a really exciting time to be joining the Club, and I’m looking forward to helping them reach the ambitions they have over the coming seasons.”

Ford, Booth and Hatley, who led the team to the Amlin Challenge Cup Final and fifth-placed Aviva Premiership finish, have all signed a year’s extension on their current contracts, seeing them stay at the Club until at least the end of the 2015/16 season.

Head Coach Ford commented: “We’re thrilled Darren has agreed to join us. He’s got a wealth of experience on both the playing and coaching side, and will add another dimension to our coaching team.

“We made huge progress as a squad last season, but only really scratched the surface of what this group of players can do. Toby, Neal and I are all very excited to continue shaping the future of this great Club.

“We want to build a team culture on and off the field that will create success, and we have definitely made great inroads into that. I know I speak on behalf of all four of us when I say we are dedicated to the Club and can’t wait for the new season to start so we can pick up on the momentum gained and carry on our improvement as a squad.”

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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Show your support for Bath Rugby's temporary plans

Bath Rugby has submitted a planning application for temporary improvements on the land they currently occupy at The Rec.

There's not long left to make your support count, so please complete the form here if you haven't already done so.
The submission, which seeks permission for two seasons (2014/2015 and 2015/2016), will enable the Club to improve facilities and increase capacity ahead of their 150th anniversary year in 2015.

Nick Blofeld, Chief Executive, Bath Rugby said: "As we gear up for a year of special events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Bath Rugby, this temporary application means we can provide more capacity and better facilities for our spectators. It will also enable more supporters to get closer to the action during a landmark year in the Club's history. This temporary application, however, is completely separate to our main plans to redevelop our ageing facilities at The Rec. Those plans are being reviewed, following the recent Charity Tribunal's decision and the Recreation Ground Trustee's seeking leave to appeal."

Many of Bath Rugby's games have either sold-out or been near sell-outs this season. With plans developing for a series of events in and around the city to celebrate their 150th year, the Club is anticipating increased demand, particularly for hospitality space.

This submission includes temporary increases to the existing seasonal East (Novia) and North (Thatchers) stands and more hospitality boxes in the South (IPL) Stand - bringing the capacity at the Rec from approximately 12,000 to approximately 14,000.

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Thursday, 19 June 2014

England team to face New Zealand

15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 28 caps)
14 Chris Ashton (Saracens, 38 caps)
13 Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 24 caps)
12 Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby, 3 caps)
11 Marland Yarde (London Irish, 4 caps)
10 Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby, 4 caps)
9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 37 caps)
1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 21 caps)
2 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 56 caps)
3 David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 36 caps)
4 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 31 caps)
5 Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers, 21 caps)
6 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 29 caps)
7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt, 27 caps)
8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 9 caps)

Replacements

16 Rob Webber Rob Webber (Bath Rugby, 7 caps)
17 Matt Mullan (London Wasps, 4 caps)
18 Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons, 1 cap)
19 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 21 caps)
20 Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 22 caps)
21 Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints, 17 caps)
22 Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks, 8 caps)
23 Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints, 6 caps)

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Bath Rugby add to front row options

Grant Shiells will join Bath Rugby next season, adding to their options on the loosehead side of the scrum.

The robust 24 year old joins from Newcastle Falcons. Having made over 50 appearances for the North East club, he established a reputation for his scrummaging prowess and powerful performances.

Talking about his move, the prop commented: "I'm really excited to be joining Bath – they've got a great coaching team and are clearly building towards the future. There are some very talented players in the squad, and I'm looking forward to getting involved and developing myself as a player."

Shiells has represented his native Scotland at Under 19, Under 20 and Scotland 'A' levels, and will add another dimension to the current loosehead options, Paul James, Nathan Catt and fellow new signing Nick Auterac, for Mike Ford and his team.

Neal Hatley, Bath Forwards Coach, added: "Grant is a talented young player who already has a good amount of Premiership experience. We see him fitting in well with the Club and our plans for the future. He's got a lot of potential in him, and we're looking forward to seeing him push on."

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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

European Rugby Champions Cup draw


Pool 1: Saracens, Munster, Clermont Auvernge, Sale Sharks.

Pool 2: Leinster, Castres, Harlequins, London Wasps.

Pool 3: Toulon, Leicester Tigers, Ulster, Scarlets.

Pool 4: Glasgow Warriors, Montpellier, Bath Rugby, Toulouse.

Pool 5: Northampton Saints, Racing Metro, Ospreys, Treviso.



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Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Bath Rugby sign fullback Arscott

Bath Rugby is delighted to today confirm the signing of fullback Luke Arscott, on a two year deal.
The 29 year old will be a strong addition to the Bath squad, bringing experience as well as talent to the young backline.

Playing for Exeter Chiefs for the last four years, Arscott has emerged as one of the best fullbacks in the Aviva Premiership, secure under the high ball, fierce in defence and devastating in attack.

Speaking of the signing, Bath Head Coach, Mike Ford, said: "We are really pleased Luke is joining us. We had a gap in the squad for a more experienced out-and-out fullback, and Luke fits the bill perfectly. He's got all the attributes you'd expect, and he'll be a very good fit at the Club."

Arscott added: "I'm very excited by the opportunity to join Bath, and I'm looking forward to linking up with the squad for pre-season. You can see how much they have developed this year, and the potential that is still there, so it will be great to be part of that going forward into the new season."

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Monday, 2 June 2014

Bath Rugby confirm Heathcote departure

Fly-half Tom Heathcote will join Edinburgh Rugby next season, Bath Rugby can today confirm.
The Scottish international had one more year to run on his contract with Bath, but a release has been agreed to allow him to progress his career and international aspirations.

A highly promising young player, Inverness-born Heathcote came through the Bath Rugby Academy to make over 50 appearances in the Blue, Black and White, scoring over 370 points in that time.

Commenting on his decision, the 22 year old said: “This was a really hard decision for me to make – I’ve played all my senior rugby at Bath and have had some fantastic experiences here. I haven’t been able to get the game time I’d have liked this season though, and if I’m to push on with my career and playing for Scotland I need to be playing regular rugby. I’d like to thank everyone connected to the Club for the amazing support I’ve received since I joined the Academy, and I’ve no doubt the current group will improve even further next season.”

Mike Ford, Head Coach, added: “We’re really sad to see Tommy go. He’s a fantastic young player and a true professional at a young age. He was keen to move to help further his international career before the Rugby World Cup and we didn't want to hinder his chances of playing for Scotland. I’m sure the move will help him reach his full potential, and we wish him all the very best at Edinburgh.”

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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Chiefs sign Bath lock Caldwell

Irish international Ryan Caldwell says he cannot wait to get stuck into life at Sandy Park after he today sealed a move to the Exeter Chiefs from Aviva Premiership rivals Bath Rugby.

The 29-year-old second-row has put pen to paper on a one-year deal with the Chiefs and is the latest addition to Rob Baxter's first team squad for the 2014/15 season.

Baxter has made no secret of his desire to bolster his options in the Chiefs engine room having lost both Tom Hayes and James Hanks to retirement during the current campaign, while New Zealander Romana Graham is moving to French club side La Rochelle after a short spell with the Devon club.

Caldwell - who has spent the past three years with Bath - arrives in the Westcountry with plenty of experience having not only featured in English rugby's top flight and Europe, but also on the international stage having won two caps for his country during their summer tour to Canada and the USA in 2009.

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Catt joins England squad for New Zealand tour

Bath Rugby's dynamic young prop Nathan Catt will fly out with the England tour party to New Zealand this evening.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "In light of Mako Vunipola's ongoing treatment for a knee injury ahead of the Aviva Premiership final and Joe Marler suffering a slight hip strain we have decided to take Nathan out with us now to ensure that he is up to speed with our systems and structures in the lead up to next week."

Leicester Tigers prop Fraser Balmain will replace Catt in the England XV squad to prepare for the game against the Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday, 1st June.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Bath owner set for Champions' Cup role

Bath owner Bruce Craig is set to be named as one of three executive directors of the new European Rugby Champions' Cup.


The Rugby Paper reports that Craig will be appointed to the Cup's executive committee as the Aviva Premiership's representative in a trio of officials tasked with bringing business clout to the Champions' Cup, which next season replaces the Heineken Cup as Europe's premier rugby competition.

Joining Craig on the committee will be Pro12 representative Paul McNaughton and Rene Fontes for the Top 14. McNaughton has previously served as chairman of Leinster while Fontes was president of Clermont until last season.


Craig played a leading role in the English clubs' success in creating the new structure for European rugby at the expense of the old union-controlled European Rugby Cup (ERC). Organisers believe they can push the revenue per season generated by the new Champions' Cup to £100m in five years, surpassing the current £44m per season generated by the ERC.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Bath Rugby Planning Application & Further Rec Developments

Bath Rugby has now submitted the planning application for the additional temporary structures at the Rec outlined in our last email. This application is for a 2-year period and will take the capacity at the Rec to 14,000. It will be in place for the 150 year celebrations to be held during 2015.

We would urge RFOTR members who live within BA postcodes to submit their comments on this planning application. The planning application can be found on the B&NES website here. There is a link near the top of the page that you can follow to make comments. Under the 'Documents' tab, and then under 'Associated Documents' you can find the set of documents submitted as part of the application that include drawings of the new temporary structures. The deadline for submitting comments is 12/6/2014.

As also reported in our last email the Rec Trust was seeking leave to appeal the decision of the Charity Tribunal that would effectively restrict Bath Rugby to carrying out any new development within their existing footprint only, including the temporary East Stand. The Rec Trust has been given leave to appeal certain items within the Charity Tribunal decision, and has until June 11th to decide whether or not to go forward with an appeal. This article in today's Bath Chronicle has more information.

The RFOTR Committee believes that it is vital for this appeal to go ahead otherwise the opportunity for new development at the Rec could reach a dead-end.
Therefore we shall be seeking an urgent meeting with the new Chair of the Rec Trust, Liz Bloor, to press the case for going ahead with an appeal.

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Bath Rugby team for the Amlin final on Friday

Bath Rugby team to face Northampton Saints

15 Nick Abendanon
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Ollie Devoto
11 Anthony Watson
10 George Ford
9 Micky Young
1 Paul James
2 Tom Dunn
3 David Wilson
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dave Attwood
6 Carl Fearns
7 Francois Louw
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Eusebio Guinazu
17 Nathan Catt
18 Anthony Perenise
19 Dominic Day
20 Guy Mercer
21 Peter Stringer
22 Gavin Henson
23 Horacio Agulla


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Monday, 19 May 2014

Francois Louw fit to return for Bath Rugby in Amlin Cup final

Bath Rugby’s preparations for the Amlin Cup final against Northampton Saints have been given a major boost with the news Francois Louw is fit to return from injury.

South African flanker Louw has not played since suffering ankle ligament damage in Bath’s Aviva Premiership victory at London Irish in late March.

The Springboks international has spent the last eight weeks on the treatment table but has been passed fit to make his comeback at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday night.

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Guinazu to leave Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby can today confirm that Argentinian hooker Eusebio Guinazu will be leaving the Club at the end of the season.

Able to play at both hooker and prop at club and international level, Guinazu has most recently been called into action for the hard-fought Aviva Premiership play-off decider against Harlequins, and in the final stages of the season.

Mike Ford, Head Coach, commented: "Seb has been an important squad member for us, and has stepped up whenever we've needed him. We wish him all the best in the future."

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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Cook commits to Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby Academy graduate Chris Cook has committed to the West Country side for a further 12 months.

"I'm delighted to stay at Bath," Cook said. "I started my career here, and to be part of this Club as it looks to continue developing over the coming seasons is a really exciting opportunity for me."

A strong and combative scrum-half, Chris has great potential, with quick hands and the ability to create attacking opportunities from nothing. He was a key member of the Aviva A League winning Bath United side who beat Northampton Wanderers in December, and has enjoyed a successful loan period gaining valuable game time with Cornish Pirates, and is currently part of the London Welsh squad fighting for promotion to the Aviva Premiership.

Head Coach, Mike Ford, added: "Cookie is a very talented young player, and we're looking forward to helping him to improve and hone the skills he already has to make him even better."

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Friday, 9 May 2014

Bath Rugby team to face Harlequins

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Anthony Watson
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Ollie Devoto
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Micky Young
1. Paul James
2. Eusebio Guinazu
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Carl Fearns
7. Guy Mercer
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn
17. Anthony Perenise
18. Juan Pablo Orlandi
19. Dominic Day
20. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
21. Peter Stringer
22. Gavin Henson
23. Semesa Rokoduguni

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Thursday, 8 May 2014

Bath Rugby tackles expansion plans for its ground The Rec - albeit temporary ones

Bath Rugby has drawn up plans to temporarily expand its ground at The Rec ahead of a major new stadium.

The club has now acknowledged that it will not have its new stadium completed in time for its 150th anniversary next year, which is also the year of the next Rugby World Cup.

Extra work on fine-tuning its designs and the complication of a charity tribunal rejecting an attempt to give the club extra space on The Rec have delayed a planning application for a new arena which would dramatically open up the riverside and expand capacity.

In the mean time, the club is about to submit a planning application to Bath and North East Somerset Council for changes to the existing buildings at The Rec to raise capacity from 12,300 to 14,000.

It plans extra rows of seating at the back of its temporary East Stand, additional temporary boxes on either side of the South Stand, and some temporary seating above the terraces on the North Stand.

The planning application will cover a two-year period.

Meanwhile, the club is still working on its long-term planning application for a new stadium which would take around 16,000 people.

It is now waiting for a timetable for the appeal by the Recreation Ground Trust - the committee which oversees the land on a day to day basis - against a charity tribunal ruling which makes development more complicated there.

The tribunal rejected the idea - outlined in a scheme put forward by the Charity Commission - of allowing Bath Rugby a bigger footprint on The Rec in return for a land swap arrangement at Lambridge.

The trust is now applying for leave to take the case to the next tier in the appeal process, although it could be several months before a result is known.

Source: South West Business 

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Bath Rugby team to face Northampton Saints

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Anthony Watson
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Ollie Devoto
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Micky Young
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper (c)
5. Dave Attwood
6. Carl Fearns
7. Guy Mercer
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Dominic Day
20. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
21. Peter Stringer
22. Gavin Henson
23. Horacio Agulla

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Friday, 25 April 2014

Bath Rugby team to face London Wasps

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Peter Stringer
1. Nathan Catt
2. Rob Webber
3. Anthony Perenise
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dominic Day
6. Matt Garvey
7. Guy Mercer
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Paul James
18. David Wilson
19. Alafoti Fa’osiliva
20. Carl Fearns
21. Micky Young
22. Gavin Henson
23. Anthony Watson

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Booth backs consistent referee

Bath first-team coach Toby Booth was pleased the referee was consistent in yellow-carding both George Ford and Sam Betty during his side's 32-20 win over Worcester.

Both sin-binnings were dished out for aerial challenges; both appeared somewhat innocuous.
"To be fair to the referee, we've received a directive this week - there's been some clarification around contests in the air," said Booth.

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Friday, 18 April 2014

Bath Rugby team to face Worcester Warriors

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Anthony Watson
13. Matt Banahan
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Horacio Agulla
10. George Ford
9. Micky Young
1. Nathan Catt
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Matt Garvey
7. Carl Fearns
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Paul James
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Dominic Day
20. Guy Mercer
21. Peter Stringer
22. Gavin Henson
23. Jonathan Joseph

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Gloucester Rugby response to crowd behaviour issues at Bath game

Gloucester Rugby have today issued the following statement with regard to allegations of crowd misbehaviour during and following the Bath Rugby game on Saturday.

The club has received several complaints regarding the behaviour of a very small minority of supporters at the home fixture against Bath Rugby on April 12th, in particular, the use of foul and abusive language towards the match officials.

The club's stance on these matters is quite clear. In the Stadium Rules and Regulations, which feature in every match programme, point 11b states:
"The following are strictly forbidden - use of foul and abusive language, obscene chanting or racial abuse towards any person…"

As a result, the relevant CCTV has been studied in detail in an attempt to try and identify the individuals concerned. The club is now liaising with the relevant authorities to determine an appropriate course of action.
As a club, Gloucester Rugby is completely committed to respecting the core values of rugby union as defined by the RFU - Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship.

Gloucester Rugby is rightly proud of the passionate and committed support that it receives week in and week out from its supporters, the vast majority of whom always respect and abide by the values of the game.

However, it also accepts that a very small minority crossed the line at the Bath game and behaved in an unacceptable manner. This simply cannot be condoned.

At the final home Aviva Premiership match of the season - against London Irish - 10,000 cards carrying messages which reinforce the RFU's "I am part of the rugby family" campaign will be handed out.

If supporters do witness similar incidents in the future, we would strongly encourage them to report it to the nearest available steward, who will deal with offender(s) as appropriate and record events in the Match Log.
Gloucester Rugby considers Kingsholm to be one of the finest club venues in the world with some of the finest and most passionate supporters, a ground which welcomes all rugby supporters. The club will take the strongest possible action against the very small number of individuals who bring the club's name into disrepute by their actions.

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Monday, 14 April 2014

Citings and hearings following West Country derby...

Gloucester players Tavis Knoyle and Sila Puafisi will appear before a RFU Disciplinary Panel in London on Wednesday following Saturday's Aviva Premiership match against Bath.

Knoyle has been charged with striking Bath Rugby's Leroy Houston contrary to Law 10 (4)(a).
Puafisi has been charged with committing a dangerous tackle on Bath's Nick Abendanon contrary to Law 10 (4)(e).
The hearings will take place at a London hotel in front of a panel of the RFU Head of Rugby Judiciary Sir James Dingemans (chair), Jeremy Summers and Liz Riley.

In addition, Abendanon and Paul James have been given post-match Level One citings - the equivalent of a foul play yellow card - for striking Knoyle and a stamp on Shaun Knight respectively. No hearings will be held for these citings.

The RFU is continuing to liaise with Gloucester following the club's investigation into the throwing of an empty soft drink bottle towards the tunnel area as the match officials exited the field following the final whistle.

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Schoolboy threw plastic bottle at officials

Gloucester have announced that an investigation has confirmed a bottle was thrown at match officials from the crowd at the end of Saturday's feisty derby match with Bath, but that it was a plastic soft-drink bottle.

The club, who are already facing an RFU investigation after finishing the game with 11 men on the field, said they had established " a bottle was thrown towards the tunnel area from seats occupied by a group of teenage boys on an escorted rugby tour. The individuals, were on a day out, accompanied by their school teachers, which included watching the game.

"The individual concerned has admitted to the act, and is extremely remorseful about his actions. Gloucester Rugby are liaising with the club and individual with regards to appropriate action being taken.

"Gloucester Rugby would like to stress that the individual involved is neither a member or regular supporter of the club."

Source: ESPN

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

RFU to investigate West Country derby

The Rugby Football Union will launch an investigation into yesterday's extraordinary match between Gloucester and Bath, which ended with a mass punch-up and a fan reportedly throwing a bottle at referee Tim Wigglesworth.

In an ill-tempered West Country derby at Kingsholm, trouble that had been brewing all game finally boiled over after Bath were awarded a last-minute penalty try that, with George Ford's conversion, meant they won 18-17.

Gloucester scrum-half Tavis Knoyle, on as a replacement, threw several punches at Bath's Leroy Houston, sparking a brawl between the two sides. Knoyle was subsequently sent off, making him the second Gloucester player to be shown a red card in the afternoon, prop Sila Puafisi having already been banished to the sidelines after a high tackle on Nick Abendanon.

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Friday, 11 April 2014

Bath Rugby team to face Gloucester

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Matt Banahan
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Horacio Agulla
10. George Ford
9. Micky Young
1. Paul James
2. Ross Batty
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Matt Garvey
7. Carl Fearns
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn
17. Nathan Catt
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Dominic Day
20. Guy Mercer
21. Peter Stringer
22. Gavin Henson
23. Anthony Watson

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

It's official: Henson extends Bath Rugby contract

Bath Rugby is happy to announce that Gavin Henson has this week signed a one year extension to his Club contract.

32-year-old, 33 times-capped Welsh international Henson has proved an extremely useful addition to what is a very strong Bath squad, covering all of four positions. While he has played most of his rugby at inside centre, he is comfortable at fly-half, outside centre and fullback, making him a valuable asset.

Henson commented: "I'm very happy to be staying. This is a top club and I feel excited about what this group of players can achieve. It is great to be part of it and I feel proud at the thought of playing more rugby for Bath."
Head Coach Mike Ford added: "Gavin is a real professional. Everything he does is about being as well prepared as possible for every session and match. He is experienced, talented and versatile in equal measure, so we are very pleased to have him with us for another year."

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Squad player Henson set to stay at Bath despite interest from the Dragons

Gavin Henson has earned a one-year contract extension at Bath after rejecting the option of a move back to Wales to join the Dragons.

The 32-year-old centre has failed to settle and establish himself at a club since returning from a career sabbatical in 2010.

Having been unable to secure a regular first-team place at the Rec this season, he appeared destined to move on yet again, but Sportsmail understands that the double Grand Slam-winner has done enough to convince Bath to offer him a new deal.

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Travel advice for Saturday

Bath Rugby would like to make all supporters travelling to this Saturday's derby game against Gloucester aware that travel may be affected on the day.

We have been advised by First Great Western that planned engineering works on Saturday will mean that the railway will be closed between Gloucester and Swindon/Bristol Parkway. Buses will replace trains on both these routes.

Cross Country will be running and hourly service between Gloucester and Bristol via Newport.

In addition, Kingsholm Road will be closed between 12.00 and 18.00, and the actual closure will be between Alvin Street and Sebert Street.

For those who are interested and have purchased or have been allocated parking at the ground, they will be able to access the main car park between 10.00 and 12.00 prior to the closure being put into force. Once in force, access to the main car park will be permitted via Skinner Street up until 13.30, when a lock down will be put in place until 30 minutes after the final whistle.
Due to this, we advise you plan accordingly to ensure you're there in good time to cheer the boys on in this massive derby day game!

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Gavin Henson "not joining" Newport Gwent Dragons - is new Bath Rugby deal imminent?

Coach Lyn Jones has confirmed that Gavin Henson will not be joining Newport Gwent Dragons for next season, with the Welsh star looking set to stay on at Bath Rugby.

Jones said in his Tuesday press conference that Henson's future would become clear on Wednesday but that it would not involve the Dragons, according to Wales Online.

Henson - who was man of the match in Sunday's Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final victory over Brive - is known to be settled at The Rec and in his home in Bradford on Avon.

Bath head coach Mike Ford was non-committal about Henson when questioned by reporters after the Brive game but it is believed the club have offered the Welshman an extension to his one-year deal.

Source: Bath Chronicle

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Friday, 4 April 2014

Bath Rugby team to face Brive

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Horacio Agulla
13. Matt Banahan
12. Gavin Henson
11. Semesa Rokoduguni
10. George Ford
9. Micky Young
1. Nathan Catt
2. Ross Batty
3. Anthony Perenise
4. Dominic Day
5. Dave Attwood ( c )
6. Matt Garvey
7. Guy Mercer
8. Carl Fearns

Replacements:

16. Tom Dunn
17. Paul James
18. David Wilson
19. Stuart Hooper
20. Leroy Houston
21. Martin Roberts
22. Kyle Eastmond
23. Anthony Watson

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Pirlas joins Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby are pleased to announce the signing of Georgian back-rower Olof Pirlas with immediate effect ahead of the 2014/15 season.

The 24-year-old, who will provide timely cover for injured Samoan international Alafoti Fa’osiliva, joins the Club from Lokomotivi Tbilisi, who play in the Georgian Premier Division.

Bath won Pirlas’ signature after strong interest from Top 14 clubs including Toulon and Clermont Auvergne. He is a former Georgian U20 Greco-Roman wrestling champion, and until 2011 was a member of Georgia’s Special Forces Brigade.

Pirlas has reportedly turned down an offer to join the senior Georgian national team, with an eye on possibly playing for England – he qualifies through his mother, who was born in Portsmouth.

“We’re really pleased to be signing Olof,” says Bath forwards coach Neal Hatley, who spotted Pirlas on a recent scouting trip to Georgia and Romania. “There aren’t many 20-stone, 6’5” players who can do a job effectively across the back row. He’s a bit raw and we’ll need to harness that aggression, but he’s a bright prospect.”

The Club has suggested that Pirlas could make his debut as soon as the Amlin Challenge Cup Quarter-Final between Bath and Brive on Sunday 6th April.

Tickets for the all-important European clash between Bath and Brive are available now from the Bath Rugby Ticket Office. To book your seats buy online, phone 0844 448 1865 or visit the Ticket Office on Pulteney Bridge.

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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Bath Rugby Statement on Charity Tribunal (Lower) Decision

Whilst the recent Charity Tribunal decision is unhelpful, we remain committed to securing the long-term future of the Rec, not only as a permanent home for Bath Rugby, but also as a real asset to the City.

We remain focused on our proposals to provide a world-class sporting, community and cultural venue, proposals which have been overwhelmingly supported by people in and around Bath. We will therefore do everything possible to give the people of Bath what they want, rather than allowing the views of a small minority to prevent the realisation of a project supported by the vast majority.

We will be proceeding with our planning application for redevelopment on our existing site and are working with The Recreation Ground Trust on next steps.

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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Bath Rugby team to face Sale Sharks

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Anthony Watson
13. Ollie Devoto
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Semesa Rokoduguni
10. George Ford
9. Peter Stringer
1. Paul James
2. Ross Batty
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Matt Garvey
7. Guy Mercer
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn
17. Nathan Catt
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Dominic Day
20. Carl Fearns
21. Micky Young
22. Gavin Henson
23. Horacio Agulla

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Friday, 21 March 2014

Bath Rugby team to face London Irish

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Anthony Watson
13. Ollie Devoto
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Semesa Rokoduguni
10. George Ford
9. Peter Stringer
1. Paul James
2. Ross Batty
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Matt Garvey
7. Francois Louw
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn
17. Nathan Catt
18. Juan Pablo Orlandi
19. Dominic Day
20. Guy Mercer
21. Micky Young
22. Gavin Henson
23. Horacio Agulla

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Stringer extends Bath contract

98 times capped Irish scrum-half Peter Stringer has signed a new one year contract with Bath Rugby, the Club are delighted to announce.

Still playing with the same tenacity and quick-thinking he displayed on the international stage for so long, Stringer has put his experience to good use this season, particularly in guiding the talented young backline with expert precision.
“Bath is a great place to be at the moment”, commented Stringer. “There’s a lot of hugely exciting young players in the squad, and it’s a group that’s really building towards a bright future. I feel I still have a lot of rugby in me, and still enjoy getting out there and training and playing with the lads. I’m looking forward to the rest of this season and next, and seeing how far we can go.”

Mike Ford, Bath Head Coach, added: “Strings brings a lot of experience to our relatively young squad, and his absolute professionalism sets a great example to them. He’s not lost any of his enthusiasm or ability, making him a real asset for us, and we’re thrilled he’s agreed to stay for another year.”

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