Thursday, 27 February 2014

Bath Rugby team to face Saracens

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Anthony Watson
13. Ollie Devoto
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Peter Stringer
1. Paul James
2. Ross Batty
3. Anthony Perenise
4. Dominic Day
5. Dave Attwood
6. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
7. Francois Louw ( c )
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Eusebio Guinazu
17. Nathan Catt
18. Juan Pablo Orlandi
19. Ryan Caldwell
20. Guy Mercer
21. Micky Young
22. Gavin Henson
23. Semesa Rokoduguni

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Friday, 21 February 2014

Bath Rugby team to face London Wasps

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Anthony Watson
13. Ollie Devoto
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Horacio Agulla
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Micky Young
1. Nathan Catt
2. Ross Batty
3. Juan Pablo Orlandi
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dominic Day
6. Matt Garvey
7. Francois Louw
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Eusebio Guinazu
17. Anthony Perenise
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Ryan Caldwell
20. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
21. Peter Stringer
22. Gavin Henson
23. Semesa Rokoduguni

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Thursday, 20 February 2014

England Team to face Ireland this weekend...

England: Mike Brown, Jack Nowell, Luther Burrell, Billy Twelvetrees, Jonny May, Owen Farrell, Danny Care; Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley, David Wilson, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw (capt), Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: Tom Youngs, Mako Vunipola, Henry Thomas, David Attwood, Ben Morgan, Lee Dickson, George Ford, Alex Goode.

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Monday, 17 February 2014

Wilson to replace Cole for England

David Wilson will replace injured prop Dan Cole in England's Six Nations match against Ireland on Saturday.

Head coach Stuart Lancaster has chosen the 28-year-old Bath tight-head over Sale's Henry Thomas, who is 22.

Wilson, capped 31 times, has played only 47 minutes since recovering from a calf problem picked up two months ago.
But Lancaster said: "He hasn't played so much this season, but we're 100 per cent confident about bringing him back into the team."

Wilson's cameo came in Saturday's Aviva Premiership victory over Exeter and, despite his lack of match fitness, he will be promoted straight into the starting XV against unbeaten Ireland because of Cole's absence with a bulging disc in his neck.

England will host Ireland at Twickenham looking to build on their 20-0 victory over Scotland, having been beaten by France on the opening weekend.

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World class Burgess chooses Bath Rugby for cross-code switch

Bath Rugby are excited to confirm that English Rugby League sensation Sam Burgess has chosen to sign a three year deal with the Club, which will see him cross codes and arrive at the Recreation Ground this October.

The 25 year old is currently playing in the NRL with the South Sydney Rabbitohs and, despite having received far more lucrative offers from elsewhere, has chosen to join Bath at the culmination of the Australian rugby league season. He has represented both England and Great Britain, scoring seven tries in his 13 appearances for England.

At 6ft 5in and 18st, power and strength are obvious qualities, however he is also known for his deft handling and as a strong leader.

On his decision to make the cross-code switch, Burgess commented: "This has been a tough decision for me to make, as I've loved my time in Sydney with the Rabbitohs. However, I'm very excited about the challenge that this move offers me.

"Bath are a very ambitious Club, who have a talented young squad, brilliant coaches and a world class set-up and ethos, and I can't wait to get my head down and start learning the game. Having said that, until the move, my focus will be completely on the Rabbitohs and helping them go one step further."

Bath Head Coach, Mike Ford, added: "I've known Sam since his rugby league days in England and he is an exceptionally talented athlete. He's hard working, a huge presence both on and off the field, and an ambitious young Englishman, all of which are qualities that we are building our squad around. I've no doubt Sam will fit in seamlessly here at Bath and we're looking forward to having him join us and start making the transition."

Source: Bath Rugby

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Monday, 10 February 2014

Stuart Hooper: Bath captain signs one-year contract extension


Bath captain Stuart Hooper has signed a one-year contract extension to remain at the Premiership club for next year.

The 32-year-old second row is in his sixth season at The Rec, having joined from Leeds in 2008.
Hooper has been captain since the 2011-12 campaign and has made 99 Premiership appearances for the club.

"He's an outstanding leader. The way he talks to the other players in team meetings is very impressive," head coach Mike Ford told BBC Radio Bristol.
"For him to commit for another year is great and, who knows, he might go for another year after that.

"It's just fantastic news for us as there's not many leaders like him."

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Sam Burgess arrival will not end ambitious Bath's spending, says head coach Mike Ford

Negotiations are ongoing over Burgess’s release from his £500,000 contract with South Sydney Rabbitohs with Bath chairman Bruce Craig keen on bringing the 25-year-old former Bradford forward to his club.

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Friday, 7 February 2014

Falcons clash still on

Tomorrow’s Aviva Premiership match with Newcastle Falcons at the Rec is still going ahead, despite the recent heavy rainfall.
The pitch has been covered all week and, at present, the game will go ahead as planned.

However, with more heavy rain forecast for this evening, and the River Avon already running high, should the situation change we will look to notify you as soon as possible.

Please keep checking the website and our social media channels for further updates.

Source: Bath Rugby

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Bath Rugby team to face Newcastle Falcons

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Anthony Watson
13. Ollie Devoto
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Peter Stringer
1. Nathan Catt
2. Rob Webber
3. Juan Pablo Orlandi
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dominic Day
6. Matt Garvey
7. Francois Louw
8. Carl Fearns

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Anthony Perenise
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
20. Leroy Houston
21. Micky Young
22. Gavin Henson
23. Horacio Agulla

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Palma-Newport and Woodburn agree extensions

Bath Rugby are excited to announce that promising, local youngsters Kane Palma-Newport and Olly Woodburn have both agreed extensions to their Club contracts.

First Team Coach Toby Booth said: "We have been working hard here to create a progressive environment which allows players to develop to their full potential. You need players that are talented and have fantastic attitudes for that to bring success to the Club. Both Olly and Kane are Academy graduates who undoubtedly have those key attributes. We are excited to see their continued progression."

Both Palma-Newport and Woodburn featured in last weekend's impressive win over Leicester Tigers, a win that secured the Club a home LV= Cup Semi-Final against Exeter Chiefs on Sunday 9th March, kick-off 13.00.

Palma-Newport added: "Olly and I are both very happy to have extended our deals. Bath is our home Club and it is where we want to achieve success. This is the right environment to get better, and we are excited to be part of Bath's immediate future."

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Monday, 3 February 2014

LV= Cup Semi-Finals

Northampton Saints v Saracens – Saturday 8th March, kick-off 12:30

Bath Rugby v Exeter Chiefs – Sunday 9th March, kick-off 13.00

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Not such great news: Abendanon to head to France next season

Bath Rugby can confirm that fullback Nick Abendanon will leave the Club at the end of the season and take up a contract at Clermont Auvergne.

Originally contracted to Bath until June 2015, the Club agreed to release Abendanon a year early after he requested the move and Clermont agreed to pay a transfer fee.

With 193 first team appearances to his name, Abendanon has been a central player for Bath since his debut in 2005. However, he felt it was time to begin a new challenge, and he leaves with the very best wishes from all at Bath Rugby.

Speaking of the news, Bath Head Coach Mike Ford said: "Nick has been a great player for Bath and we thank him for all he's done over the years. He felt it was time to go and that Clermont represented an opportunity he couldn't turn down. I know Nick will remain totally committed to our cause this season."

Abendanon added: "I have loved every minute I have played for Bath and want to thank the Club for giving me the opportunities they have. This has been an extremely hard decision for me, but I feel this is the right time to challenge myself in a new environment. I leave behind a set of fantastic fans and a Club that I know will be competing for silverware in the coming seasons. I wish everyone at Bath the very best of luck."

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Great news: Eastmond agrees to extend Bath Rugby contract!!

Bath Rugby are excited to announce that Kyle Eastmond has agreed terms to extend his contract at the Club for a further two years.

Recently selected in Stuart Lancaster's Elite Player Squad, Eastmond has become an integral part of the Bath midfield and has played more minutes than almost any other player. Young, talented and English, Eastmond encapsulates the ambition and excitement surrounding Bath Rugby.

Head Coach Mike Ford said: "Kyle's already an excellent player, and we only see him improving. His attitude, combined with the environment we're working to create here at Bath, will see him get even better. We're very pleased to have him extend with us for another two years."

Eastmond added: "I've learned so much since joining Bath, and that's down to the set-up here and the people around me. All I want to do is improve and to help the team achieve great things. I'm really happy to have extended my contract as there's no other club I'd rather play for."

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Sam Burgess to switch codes and join Bath Rugby?

The Rugby Football Union have denied making a clandestine approach to rugby league star Sam Burgess about switching codes ahead of the 2015 World Cup in England

Burgess is reportedly considering a lucrative three-year deal to leave the South Sydney Rabbitohs, the Australia National Rugby League side, at the end of the season to play for a rugby union club in England, with reports in Australia indicating he has had discussions with Bath. Any move would involve a transfer fee of aroud £500,000.

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