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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