Thursday, 30 January 2014

Bath Rugby team to face Leicester Tigers

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Richard Lane
13. Matt Banahan
12. Gavin Henson
11. Tom Biggs
10. Ollie Devoto
9. Peter Stringer
1. Charlie Beech
2. Ross Batty
3. Juan Pablo Orlandi
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dominic Day
6. David Sisi
7. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
8. Leroy Houston

Replacement

16. Rob Webber
17. Anthony Perenise
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Ryan Caldwell
20. Carl Fearns
21. Francois Louw
22. Martin Roberts
23. Olly Woodburn

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Bath players make the England 26 man squad

Forwards:
David Attwood (Bath Rugby), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Joe Launchbury (London Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby), Matt Mullan (London Wasps), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints), Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

Backs:
Brad Barritt (Saracens), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints), Danny Care (Harlequins), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath Rugby), Alex Goode (Saracens), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby).

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Friday, 24 January 2014

Bath Rugby team to face Cardiff Blues

15. Horacio Agulla
14. Richard Lane
13. Matt Banahan
12. Ollie Devoto
11. Tom Biggs
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Micky Young
1. Anthony Perenise
2. Ross Batty
3. Juan Pablo Orlandi
4. Dominic Day ( c )
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Matt Garvey
7. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Eusebio Guinazu
17. Charlie Beech
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. David Sisi
20. Guy Mercer
21. Mat Gilbert
22. Martin Roberts
23. Gavin Henson

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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Bath Rugby bolster front row with young guns

Bath Rugby can confirm that promising young props Henry Thomas and Nick Auterac will be joining the Club next season.
They join from Sale Sharks and Saracens respectively.

22-year-old tighthead Thomas was recently named in Stuart Lancaster's squad for the RBS 6 Nations, having made his England debut in Argentina in 2013. Thomas was educated at King Edward's School, Bath, and Millfield, before moving to Manchester to study Economics. There, he joined Sale Sharks, for whom he has made over 50 Aviva Premiership appearances.
Commenting on his decision to join the West Country side, Thomas said: "I'm really excited to be moving to Bath next season. They're a club clearly on the rise, with a lot of ambition. They also have a very strong pack, excellent coaches and a top squad, so I can't wait to get started there."

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Saturday, 18 January 2014

"Prop Davey Wilson will be back for second half of Six Nations," says Bath Rugby boss Mike Ford

Bath Rugby head coach Mike Ford has allayed fears over injured prop Davey Wilson.

The 28-year-old tighthead has not played since coming on as a replacement in the Amlin Cup win at home to Italian side Mogliano in mid-December.

Wilson appeared to come through the match unscathed but was diagnosed with a calf injury when he returned to training at the club’s Farleigh House headquarters two days later.

Last week, Wilson was retained in England’s revised EPS squad but left out of the Six Nations squad named by national head coach Stuart Lancaster.

Bath boss Ford, however, does not expect the 31-cap international to sit out the championship altogether.

“He’ll probably miss the first one or two Six Nations games,” said former England defence coach Ford.

“He’s an injury replacement, he’s been replaced by Henry Thomas. When Dave is fit, he’ll be back in.”

Ford says Wilson will play for Bath before rejoining the Red Rose camp and has pencilled in the Aviva Premiership match at home to Newcastle Falcons on Saturday, February 8 as the date for his return.

“He’ll play for us before as he’s no good just going and sitting on the bench. England understand that, I spoke to Stuart about that,” said Ford.

“I don’t think he’ll play more than two games for us consecutively before he gets drafted back in but he needs that game time to get his fitness back.

“I don’t think he’ll make the LV= Cup games, I think he will make Newcastle in the Premiership.”

Source: Bath Chronicle

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Friday, 17 January 2014

England Saxons make Bath's army man Semesa Rokoduguni a new recruit

England will add a whole new dimension to their pre-Six Nations preparations by calling up a Fiji-born wing currently serving in the British Army. The strong, pacy Semesa Rokoduguni of Bath and the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards will be an eye-catching addition to the England Saxons squad to face Irish Wolfhounds next week and could yet develop into a late contender for Stuart Lancaster's 2015 Rugby World Cup side.
Rokoduguni, 26, will become the latest overseas-born player to be invited to wear the red rose, having confirmed his return to fitness by scoring two second-half tries in Bath's comfortable 54-13 Amlin Challenge Cup win against Bordeaux-Bègles. He qualifies for England via residency, having served in the British army since 2007 and toured with his regiment in Afghanistan as a reconnaissance tank soldier.

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Bath Rugby bag top seeding for Amlin Cup quarter-finals with big win over Bordeaux

Bath Rugby secured top seeding for the Amlin Cup quarter-finals when they scored eight tries in a bonus-point win over Bordeaux-Begles this evening.

Mike Ford’s side made it six victories from six in Pool 2 with a dominant display at The Rec. They finish the group phase with 28 points of a possible 30, a figure that cannot be matched before this round of the competition concludes over the weekend.

Tonight’s five-point haul ensures they will avoid those teams dropping down from the Heineken Cup in the last-eight draw and instead face the lowest-ranked Amlin pool winner.

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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Bath Rugby team to face Bordeaux-Begles

15. Anthony Watson
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Tom Biggs
10. George Ford
9. Micky Young
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. Anthony Perenise
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dominic Day
6. Matt Garvey
7. Francois Louw
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Ryan Caldwell
20. Mat Gilbert
21. Peter Stringer
22. Ollie Devoto
23. Matt Banahan

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Sunday, 12 January 2014

Gavin Henson looking for return to Wales?

Former Lions centre Gavin Henson has refused to rule out a return to Welsh rugby when his contract with Bath runs out at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old has been largely reduced to playing for the West Country outfit's A side, but the Welsh international suggested that he has plenty of rugby left in him, whether it be in England or elsewhere.

He told Wales Online: "When I joined them I didn't have a lot of options elsewhere but, irrespective of my future at Bath, I want to keep on playing rugby.

"I do feel I have a few more years of good rugby in me and I don't want to stop at the end of the season. If it's not at Bath, hopefully somebody else will want me."

Henson was part of Wales's Grand Slam winning sides of 2005 and 2008.

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MATCH REPORT: Newport Gwent Dragons 13 Bath Rugby 30

An outstanding first-half display saw Bath Rugby cruise into the Amlin Cup quarter-finals with a bonus-point win over Newport Gwent Dragons this afternoon.

The visitors ran in four tries before the break at Rodney Parade, with Micky Young, Tom Biggs, Mat Gilbert and Leroy Houston all getting themselves over the whitewash.

Dragons had the better of a scrappy second period, with Nic Cudd getting a consolation touchdown, but their fate had already been sealed long before.

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Friday, 10 January 2014

Bath Rugby team to play Newport Gwent Dragons

15. Anthony Watson
14. Richard Lane
13. Gavin Henson
12. Ollie Devoto
11. Tom Biggs
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Micky Young
1. Paul James (c)
2. Eusebio Guinazu
3. Juan Pablo Orlandi
4. Dominic Day
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Mat Gilbert
7. Carl Fearns
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements:

16. Ross Batty
17. Anthony Perenise
18. Kane Palma - Newport
19. Matt Garvey
20. Guy Mercer
21. Martin Roberts
22. Jonathan Joseph
23. Matt Banahan

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Tuesday, 7 January 2014

"No value" in Bath Rugby full-back Nick Abendanon's link with Clermont

Bath Rugby do not expect to Nick Abendanon to be leaving the club following reports linking him with a move to Clermont Auvergne.

Last week French rugby newspaper Midi Olympique claimed Abendanon had met Clermont officials, with the Top 14 giants viewing him as a potential replacement for Lee Byrne, who is expected to leave at the end of the season.

Abendanon, who has been capped twice by England, is under contract at The Rec until the end of next season and first-team coach Toby Booth said there was no truth in the claims he will depart early.

“There is no value in that, as far as we are aware,” said Booth.

Injuries and the form of Anthony Watson have restricted Abendanon’s appearances for Bath so far this season.

Sunday’s draw at Leicester Tigers was just the 27-year-old’s second Aviva Premiership start of the campaign.

Source: thisisbath.com

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Perenise to leave Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby can confirm that Anthony Perenise will leave the Club at the end of the season to join GKIPA Championship promotion hunters Bristol Rugby.

31 year old Samoan international Perenise, who joined Bath in 2011, has made nearly 70 appearances to date for the West Country side, including starting at both loosehead and tighthead this season.

Speaking of his decision to leave, the prop said: "It's been a tough decision to make, but I feel that signing for Bristol is the right move for me and my family. I've really enjoyed my time at Bath, having made some great friends, and I'd like to thank them and all the Bath supporters who have made my time here so good. Now the decision has been made, my focus is 100% on working hard and helping this squad achieve our aims for the rest of the season."

Bath Head Coach Mike Ford added: "Although very disappointed to see him leave, Bath Rugby respects the decision Anthony has made at this stage of his career because he has served the Club so well during his time here. He has been a fantastic player to have in this squad, and we know that we will continue to get the very best from him until the end of the season. He's playing some great rugby at the moment, and has stepped up to play on either side when we've needed him to. I'm sure he'll be successful at Bristol, and we wish him all the best."

Source: BathRugby.com

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Sunday, 5 January 2014

Aviva Premiership table after Round 12





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Honours even at Welford Road

Bath Rugby started the New Year with a 27-27 draw at Welford Road, after old foes Leicester Tigers fought back to score in the last minute through Jamie Gibson.

A bitterly cold but dry day saw both sides chasing wins to cement their place in the top four.
In a cagey first ten minutes, it was the home side who mounted the first real attack of the game. After patient build-up play, the Bath defence was finally stretched too far and winger Miles Benjamin crashed over in the corner. Owen Williams couldn't convert from a tricky angle to leave the score 5-0. Minutes later, Bath were pinged at the breakdown giving Williams an easy shot at goal. He made no mistake to take the score to 8-0.
From a line-out in their own half, Bath went on the attack after some quick hands through the backline. Nick Abendanon spotted a gap in the Tigers' defence, finding the flying Anthony Watson in support who broke through for the score. George Ford, returning to his former club for the first time, was on target with his first kick at goal. 8-7.

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Friday, 3 January 2014

Bath Rugby team to face Leicester Tigers

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Anthony Watson
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Peter Stringer
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. Anthony Perenise
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Matt Garvey
7. Francois Louw
8. Carl Fearns

Replacements

16. Eusebio Guinazu
17. Nathan Catt
18. Juan Pablo Orlandi
19. Dominic Day
20. Leroy Houston
21. Martin Roberts
22. Ollie Devoto
23. Horacio Agulla


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Clermont interested in Bath's Abendanon

Bath's Nick Abendanon was in Clermont last month to talk through a potential move to the Top 14 giants, according to reports.

Midi Olympique claims Abendanon is on Clermont's radar as a potential replacement for Lee Byrne who is widely expected to leave Les Jaunards at the end of the season. Abendanon, who has two caps for England, is tied to Bath until the end of next season but the west country side are no stranger to seeing their players leave midway through a contract for a move to France having seen Olly Barkley join Racing Metro in the early stages of last season.

Abendanon has found himself largely behind new signing Anthony Watson in the Bath pecking order but is still a favourite on the stands of the Recreation Ground having made 132 appearances for them in the top flight.

Source: ESPN

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