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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