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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