Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Bath Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of Japan number eight, Amanaki Mafi.


Mafi will arrive at Bath at the end of January, once the Japanese season has concluded, with his contract running until the end of the 2015/16 season.

The dynamic back row shot to recognition during this year’s Rugby World Cup, where he played a starring role for the Brave Blossoms, scoring against Scotland and the USA.

Talking about the move, Mafi said: “I’m really looking forward to arriving at Bath. They are a very compelling side to watch play, and I know that joining them will be the best environment for me to continue developing my game. I’m also looking forward to a new adventure in England. I’ve had a great time in Japan, and would like to thank everyone at NTT Shining Arc for their support.”

“Amanaki is a talented young player who had a great Rugby World Cup, and we’re excited to see what he can do in a Bath jersey,” said Head Coach, Mike Ford. “We have some very good players in our back row already, but we’re always looking to strengthen the squad, and Amanaki will give us another option in a hugely competitive position.”


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Sunday, 27 December 2015

Bath Rugby can confirm that Dan Bowden will be joining the Club in January 2016.

The 29-year-old from New Zealand, who can play at both fly-half and centre, joins from Auckland-based Super Rugby franchise the Blues.

A former New Zealand U19 and U21 player, Bowden has previous Aviva Premiership experience, having represented London Irish and Leicester Tigers before returning to New Zealand in 2014.

“I know what a tough, entertaining competition the Aviva Premiership is, so I can’t wait to get back to England and get started with Bath," said Bowden. "There will be some familiar faces there as well, which is always good - guys like George Ford, who I played with at Tigers, and Toby Booth and Neal Hatley, who I worked with at Irish."

Head Coach Mike Ford commented: "Dan's versatility, goal kicking and experiences both in Super Rugby and the Aviva Premiership make him a very good fit for us. I've seen him play many times before and know his personality, so I'm confident he'll be a big hit at the Club."


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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Bath Rugby team to face Worcester Warriors



15. Tom Homer

14. Semesa Rokoduguni

13. Jonathan Joseph

12. Ollie Devoto

11. Horacio Agulla

10. Rhys Priestland

9. Chris Cook

1. Max Lahiff

2. Ross Batty

3. Henry Thomas

4. Matt Garvey

5. Charlie Ewels

6. Leroy Houston

7. Guy Mercer ( c )

8. David Denton

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn

17. Nick Auterac

18. David Wilson

19. Dave Attwood

20. Francois Louw

21. Niko Matawalu

22. George Ford

23. Anthony Watson


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Friday, 18 December 2015

Bath and Wasps teams announced

Bath Rugby team to face Wasps

15 Anthony Watson
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Matt Banahan
10 George Ford
9 Niko Matawalu
1 Nick Auterac
2 Ross Batty
3 David Wilson
4 Matt Garvey
5 Dave Attwood
6 Leroy Houston
7 Francois Louw (c)
8 David Denton

Replacements

16 Rob Webber
17 Max Lahiff
18 Henry Thomas
19 Charlie Ewels
20 Guy Mercer
21 Chris Cook
22 Rhys Priestland
23 Tom Homer



Wasps:
15. Rob Miller
14. Frank Halai
13. Elliot Daly
12. Ben Jacobs
11. Charles Piutau
10. Jimmy Gopperth
9. Joe Simpson
1. Matt Mullan
2. Ashley Johnson
3. Lorenzo Cittadini
4. Joe Launchbury
5. Bradley Davies
6. James Haskell (c)
7. George Smith
8. Nathan Hughes

16. Edd Shervington
17. Simon McIntyre
18. Phil Swainston
19. James Gaskell
20. Sam Jones
21. Dan Robson
22. Ruaridh Jackson
23. Alapati Leiua

Date: Saturday, December 19
Venue: The Recreation Ground
Kick-off: 15:15 GMT
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant Referees: Cyril Lafon (France,) Stéphane Boyer (France)
TMO: Eric Gonthier (France)

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

George Ford commits to Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby is delighted to announce that England fly-half George Ford has extended his contract with the Club.

“It sounds like a cliché, but it really was an easy decision to stay here at Bath,” said Ford, who in 2011 became the first Englishman – and the youngest nominee – to claim the IRB Young Player of the Year award. “It’s a great set-up, and the squad are working so hard to achieve our goals. There is a real focus on developing each and every player here, and that is a hugely inspiring environment to be part of. I’m really looking forward to the next two years and playing my part in an exciting time for the Club.”

Ford, who has scored 637 points in 59 appearances for Bath, joined the Club from Leicester Tigers in 2013. He burst onto the international scene in style in the 2014 Six Nations, with his inspired performances earning him a role in England’s recent World Cup campaign.

Bath Rugby First Team Coach Toby Booth said of the news: “Bath’s re-emergence as a competitive force coincided with George Ford’s arrival at the Club. He is the epitome of a true modern-day professional – retaining and recruiting quality players like him is paramount to our further progression. George will continue to drive the standards here at Bath both on and off the pitch.”


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Friday, 11 December 2015

Top earners in the Aviva Premiership




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First Bath Rugby start for Denton at Ricoh Arena



Scotland forward David Denton will make his first start for Bath Rugby at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday for the European Rugby Champions Cup match against Wasps (kick-off 17.15).

Denton, who joined the Club last month, starts at number eight in a back row featuring captain Francois Louw (openside) and Matt Garvey (blindside).

Academy forward Tom Ellis starts in the second row alongside the returning Dave Attwood. Max Lahiff, Ross Batty and David Wilson form an all-new front row.

Scrum-half Niko Matawalu partners fly-half George Ford, whilst Kyle Eastmond and Jonathan Joseph are paired in the midfield for the first time since the 2015 Aviva Premiership Final.

On the left wing, Matt Banahan will be out to add to his 14 European Cup tries, joined by Semesa Rokoduguni on the right wing and Anthony Watson at fullback.

Bath Rugby team to face Wasps

15 Anthony Watson
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Matt Banahan
10 George Ford
9 Niko Matawalu
1 Max Lahiff
2 Ross Batty
3 David Wilson
4 Tom Ellis
5 Dave Attwood
6 Matt Garvey
7 Francois Louw (c)
8 David Denton

Replacements

16 Rob Webber
17 Nathan Catt
18 Henry Thomas
19 Charlie Ewels
20 Leroy Houston
21 Chris Cook
22 Rhys Priestland
23 Tom Homer


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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

WALES STAR FALETAU TO JOIN BATH RUGBY NEXT SEASO

Bath Rugby can today confirm that Wales and British and Irish Lions back row Taulupe Faletau will join the Club next season.

The 24-year-old will join from Newport Gwent Dragons, the Welsh region for whom he made his professional debut in 2009. In 2011, he became the first Pacific Islander to play for Wales, having moved there from Tonga at the age of seven. He has since made 52 international appearances, during which time he has reached a Rugby World Cup semi-final and quarter-final, won three Six Nations Championship titles (including two Grand Slams) and a British and Irish Lions Test Series victory in Australia.

Faletau spent part of his education at Filton College, where he was spotted by Dragons as part of the Bristol Academy of Sport. One of the most exciting back row players in the world game, Faletau starred for Wales throughout their impressive 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign.

“The way Bath approach the game suits my style of play, which was a big factor in me wanting to join,” said Faletau. “The opportunity to work with Darren [Edwards, Bath Rugby First Team Coach] again after doing so with Wales U20 and the Dragons was also too good to turn down. I’d like to thank Dragons for everything they’ve done for me in my career.”

Bath Rugby Head Coach Mike Ford said: “When we talk about this club being ambitious, we’re not just paying lip service: signing a player of Taulupe’s calibre is evidence of that. He is a world-class player who never takes a backwards step and he will add competition to an equally fantastic back row. We’re continuing to build a formidable squad that will challenge for silverware for years to come.”


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Friday, 4 December 2015

Bath Rugby team to face Northampton Saints


15 Anthony Watson
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Ollie Devoto
11 Matt Banahan
10 George Ford
9 Chris Cook
1 Nick Auterac
2 Rob Webber
3 Henry Thomas
4 Dave Attwood
5 Tom Ellis
6 Matt Garvey
7 Francois Louw (c)
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Ross Batty
17 Max Lahiff
18 Dave Wilson
19 David Denton
20 Guy Mercer
21 Niko Matawalu
22 Rhys Priestland
23 Tom Homer


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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

AUTERAC AND CATT COMMIT TO BATH RUGBY

Bath Rugby props Nick Auterac and Nathan Catt have renewed their deals with Bath Rugby, the Club is pleased to confirm.

Catt, 27, and Auterac, 23, are widely regarded as two of the most exciting looseheads in the English game, and their re-signing is a signal of intent from one of the strongest packs in the league.

“It’s fantastic for us to be retaining the services of Nathan and Nick, two outstanding young props,” said Head Coach Mike Ford. “They both have their best years ahead of them too, and with someone of the calibre of Neal Hatley overseeing their development in the pack, they’ll keep going from strength to strength. We see them as the modern-day props: not just excellent at the set piece, but mobile and skilful around the field.”

Auterac joined the Club from Saracens ahead of the 2014/15 season, whilst Catt rose through the ranks of the Bath Rugby Academy, making the step up to the first team squad in 2008.


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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Bath Rugby's European Champions Cup clash with Toulon will be played in January

Bath Rugby's postponed Champions Cup match away at Toulon will be played in January.

It will take place on the weekend of January 8-10, with Bath's Premiership match at home to Sale Sharks being rearranged to later in the season.

This means Bath will be away to Newcastle, Toulon and Leinster on the first three weekends of 2016.


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Friday, 27 November 2015

Bath Rugby team to face Leicester Tigers

This game is free to air on BT Sport

15 Anthony Watson
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Matt Banahan
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Horacio Agulla
10 George Ford
9 Niko Matawalu
1 Nick Auterac
2 Ross Batty
3 Henry Thomas
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Tom Ellis
6 Matt Garvey
7 Francois Louw
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Tom Dunn
17 Nathan Catt
18 Max Lahiff
19 David Denton
20 Guy Mercer
21 Chris Cook
22 Rhys Priestland
23 Tom Homer


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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Excellent news - ATTWOOD THRILLED TO COMMIT TO BATH RUGBY

Bath Rugby is pleased confirm that Dave Attwood has renewed his contract with the Club.

The second row has made 113 appearances for Bath since joining in 2011 from Gloucester, and has 20 England caps to his name. Attwood has started four of the Club’s five matches this season, including last weekend’s Champions Cup match against Leinster in which the 28-year-old was pivotal to securing victory.

“I'm thrilled to be able to be able to put pen to paper for another three years here at Bath,” said Attwood. “I feel like this club has massive ambitions and is one of the few clubs in Europe that has the components in place to achieve them. I love this city and the Rec, and the current playing squad and coaching set-up is hugely impressive. Right now in my career I want silverware, and my belief in this team’s ability to secure some was a prime reason why I wanted to stay put.”

Head Coach Mike Ford added: “Dave is a considerable asset to our team, as was evident against Leinster on Saturday. He was desperately unlucky not to make the World Cup with England, but we believe he’s in the best place here at Bath to push on for further international honours, in addition to taking this team forward.”


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Friday, 20 November 2015

Bath Rugby team to face Leinster Rugby



15. Anthony Watson

14. Semesa Rokoduguni

13. Ollie Devoto

12. Kyle Eastmond

11. Matt Banahan

10. George Ford

9. Chris Cook

1. Nick Auterac

2. Rob Webber

3. Henry Thomas

4. Dominic Day

5. Dave Attwood

6. Matt Garvey

7. Francois Louw ( c )

8. Leroy Houston


Replacements

16. Ross Batty

17. Nathan Catt

18. Max Lahiff

19. Stuart Hooper

20. Alafoti Faosiliva

21. Niko Matawalu

22. Rhys Priestland

23. Tom Homer


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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Wales lock Luke Charteris agrees two-year deal with Bath Rugby

Wales lock Luke Charteris has agreed a two-year deal to move to Bath Rugby, according to reports.

According to L'Equipe, the 32-year-old - out of contract with Racing 92 at the end of the season - has committed to a move to the Rec from 2016/17.

It follows reports earlier this month that he was close to sealing a switch from the Top 14 to the Aviva Premiership.

When asked about the speculation, Bath coach Mike Ford refused to rule out a move for the 6ft 9ins star who has been capped 62 times by Wales.


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Saturday, 14 November 2015

UPDATE: Toulon Vs Bath Rugby

Has been postponed, along with all European games held in France this weekend in wake of the Paris Attacks!


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Toulon V Bath match update

Until further notice, our Champions Cup match against Toulon tomorrow afternoon will go ahead as planned.


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Friday, 13 November 2015

Bath Rugby team to face Toulon


15 Anthony Watson
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Ollie Devoto
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Matt Banahan
10 George Ford
9 Chris Cook
1 Nick Auterac
2 Rob Webber
3 David Wilson
4 Dominic Day
5 Dave Attwood
6 Matt Garvey
7 Francois Louw (c)
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Ross Batty
17 Max Lahiff
18 Henry Thomas
19 Stuart Hooper
20 Alafoti Faosiliva
21 Niko Matawalu
22 Rhys Priestland
23 Tom Homer


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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Bath sign Scotland forward David Denton from Edinburgh

Bath have signed Scotland back-row forward David Denton from Edinburgh, in a deal to offset the loss of Sam Burgess.

Denton should link up with Bath later this week, following completion of a medical.

Bath have finally settled on recruiting the Zimbabwe-born 25-year-old after failing to sign Taulupe Faletau.

The west country club were also understood to have shown strong interest in Schalk Burger and Louis Picamoles in their bid to replace Burgess, who has returned to rugby league and South Sydney.

Burgess' union conversion lasted just 12 months, with the dual-code international returning to Australia after England's dismal World Cup campaign.

"We've been looking to bolster our back-row for some time now so we're very excited that David is joining us," said Bath head coach Mike Ford.

"He had an excellent World Cup especially in the quarter-final where he managed to outshine one of the best Australian back rows I've seen for a long time.

"He's going to fit in very well with the team and the way we play here."

Bath had closed to the very cusp of completing a deal for Newport Gwent Dragons back-rower Faletau before the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) vetoed the deal.

Welsh bosses denied Faletau's transfer request, but the 24-year-old seems bound to leave the Dragons when his contract expires in the summer.

The Recreation Ground outfit had also targeted South Africa's Duane Vermeulen in the summer, only for the Springboks number eight to join Toulon instead.

Now Ford finally has a high-profile signing to ease the pain of losing Burgess, the league convert Bath had pinned their hopes on becoming a talismanic figure at the club.

Source: BT Sport


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Saturday, 7 November 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Wales lock Luke Charteris poised to exit Top 14 and switch to Bath

WALES second row Luke Charteris is poised for a move to Bath.

The lock is believed to be on the point of agreeing a deal to switch to the Aviva Premiership for next season. Charteris joined Racing 92, then known as Racing Metro, on a two-year contract last term, having previously had a couple of seasons with Perpignan.

Before heading to France, he had spent nine years with the Dragons, later claiming that he had only left for the Top 14 after being unable to secure a central contract or a package with one of the other three regions, with Welsh rugby's civil war between the WRU and the professional sides unfolding at the time.

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Friday, 6 November 2015

Bath Rugby team to face London Irish

15 Tom Homer
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Ollie Devoto
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Matt Banahan
10 Rhys Priestland
9 Chris Cook

1 Nick Auterac
2 Rob Webber
3 Henry Thomas
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dom Day
6 Matt Garvey
7 Alafoti Faosiliva
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Tom Dunn
17 Nathan Catt
18 Max Lahiff
19 Tom Ellis
20 Max Northcote-Green
21 Niko Matawalu
22 George Ford
23 Jeff Williams


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Thursday, 5 November 2015

Sam Burgess leaves Bath Rugby to join South Sydney Rabbitohs

It is being reported by the BBC that Sam Burgess has left Bath with immediate effect in order to return to his former rugby league side South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The 26-year-old has two years left on a three-year contract with the club after joining in October last year and Bath owner Bruce Craig told reporters on Wednesday he must see it out.

Speaking at the launch of the European Rugby Champions Cup at Twickenham Stoop, Mr Craig reiterated what head coach Mike Ford had said on Tuesday - that Burgess had not asked to leave the club.

Source: Bath Chronicle

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Friday, 30 October 2015

Bath Rugby statement

In response to recent speculation, Bath Rugby would like to clarify its position for the 2014/2015 season.Bath Rugby can confirm the Club was within the salary cap for the 2014/15 season. The cap for the 2014/15 season was £4.76m before allowances and credits. Bath Rugby's salary cap spend was £4.71m during that period. Bath Rugby can also reassure supporters that the Club's spend will be within the salary cap for the 2015/2016 season.

The Club is committed to spending up to the cap to provide the best squad possible. We have one of the smaller squads in the Premiership, which comprised 36 senior players including 14 international players in the 2014/15 season.

Bath Rugby would also like to clarify its position regarding the salary cap debate. English clubs have been significantly disadvantaged both within domestic and European competitions. The clubs representing England in Europe have been expected to compete with European clubs, who have a spend of up to 100% more on their squads. These same English clubs also lose international players for one third of the domestic season with no cap relief. This system was inherently unfair, open to challenge and was in need of fundamental change.

The new Salary Framework, voted and approved unanimously by the shareholders of Premiership Rugby (PRL) last week, enables clubs to recruit cover for players called up for international fixtures, provides funding for clubs to compete equally with European clubs, provides enhanced incentives for the development of young English players, and simplifies the administration of the system.

The new defined salary framework is a much fairer system for all clubs. It will provide increased investment for all the clubs, funded 100% from central income. It will allow Premiership clubs to compete on a fairer playing field both domestically and in Europe and it will promote the production and development of English talent.




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Bath Rugby team to face Harlequins



15 Anthony Watson

14 Semesa Rokoduguni

13 Ollie Devoto

12 Kyle Eastmond

11 Matt Banahan

10 George Ford

9 Niko Matawalu

1 Max Lahiff

2 Rob Webber

3 David Wilson

4 Dominic Day

5 Dave Attwood ( c )

6 Matt Garvey

7 Guy Mercer

8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Ross Batty

17 Nick Auterac

18 Henry Thomas

19 Stuart Hooper

20 Max Northcote-Green

21 Chris Cook

22 Rhys Priestland

23 Tom Homer


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Thursday, 29 October 2015

At The Rec this weekend!




Bath Rugby return to the Rec this Saturday to face Harlequins in a huge Aviva Premiership clash, kick-off 13.30.

We have plenty going on both pre- and post-match for all supporters to enjoy. The usual concessions will be available, including Pieminister, Grillstock BBQ, and Get Battered Fish & Chips. Plus, if you fancy something to satisfy the sweet tooth, Krispy Kreme doughnuts will once again have their outlet next to the Swift Half.

Don’t forget to make a Tunnel of Noise for the team as they make their way from the Pavilion to the changing rooms for their final preparations before facing Quins. We’ll be giving out free flags so come and get yours and cheer on the boys before 12.25!

This weekend’s special guest for the 150th anniversary Legends Q&A will be Rec favourite Matt Perry. So following the Tunnel of Noise, head over to the Swift Half at 12.45 and join Club President David Trick and Pezza!

For this weekend only, Thatchers are offering 50p off a pint of Thatchers Haze. Simply pick up a free voucher from the Thatchers zone on the outfield and take it to any bar to redeem.*

We have a fantastic opportunity for our young supporters to take part in our Guard of Honour. The first 30 people to sign up at our special Halloween Zone on the outfield on Saturday will get to take to the pitch at kick-off and welcome the team as they run out to face Quins.

The Halloween treats don’t stop there, as we are encouraging as many of our younger supporters to attend the game in fancy dress. If you do, you could take part in a special pitch parade at half time along with Junior Membership Club leader Maximus!

Everyone taking part in either activity will receive a free flag to wave; all you need to do is visit the Junior Membership Club Halloween Zone before 13.10 to sign up.

The Vocal Works Gospel Choir will once again be back singing an array of rugby anthems and popular tunes pre-match and at halftime. Make sure you also listen out for this weekend’s 150 giveaway prize winner. One lucky Season Ticket Holder will win a delicious meal for four at an award-winning pub, The Fox in Broughton Gifford.

Post-match, we will be showing the World Cup Final between New Zealand and Australia live in the Swift Half and Clubhouse, kick-off 16.00, so stick around and see which Southern Hemisphere side can claim rugby’s ultimate prize.

Please note: the Swift Half, Dyson Stand (East stand) and Bath Ales Dark Side bars will all close 10 minutes before the start of the game to allow supporters to take their seats in time for kick-off. The decision has been made in an attempt to minimise the disruption for supporters already in their seats, particularly in the Dyson stand, during the early stages of the game. Thank you for your cooperation.

*One voucher per person, valid only on Thatchers Haze. No cash alternative.


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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Salary Cap row may lead to Bath leaving Premiership for Pro12

Rumours continue to grow concerning Bath Rugby owner Bruce Craig moving his team from the Premiership to the Pro12.

Bruce Craig is reportedly in Ireland today to discuss the breakaway plans with Pro12 executives.

Craig, who’s club is strongly rumoured to have been investigated for breaches of the salary cap, is allegedly angry with PRL over the handling of the situation.

Craig’s vision of a ‘European Super League’ has been widely reported, and this could be the start of an effort by Craig to start up his vision.

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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Taulupe Faletau: Warren Gatland blocks transfer to Bath

Wales coach Warren Gatland has blocked Taulupe Faletau's proposed move from Newport Gwent Dragons to Bath.

The Dragons had sought to release the the 24-year-old forward, whose contract runs out in the summer of 2016.

Under the funding agreement for Welsh domestic rugby, Gatland has to sanction international players moving outside Wales.
A Welsh Rugby Union statement said they were committed to keeping the best players in the country.

The Dragons, meanwhile, said the decision was "disappointing".

WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips said: "Although there are circumstances under which moves out of Wales by experienced players can be sanctioned, Taulupe's status as a player and importance as a role model means we would like him to be playing his rugby here."

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Monday, 26 October 2015

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Sunday, 25 October 2015

Watch this space...Taulupe Faletau: Dragons set for talks with WRU over Faletau

Newport Gwent Dragons and the Welsh Rugby Union are to meet on Monday over Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau's future.

Bath are interested in signing the 24-year-old British and Irish Lion.
Faletau has a year left on his current deal, but national coach Warren Gatland has to approve such a transfer.

Dragons chief executive Stuart Davies confirmed their approach to the WRU, adding they hope to bring a "swift conclusion" to the issue.

In a statement issued by the Dragons, ex-Wales number eight Davies said: "It disappoints me enormously that this is playing out in the public domain, since ordinarily I would not wish to comment on such matters until they have been resolved one way or the other.

"Given the circumstances however, I feel obligated to confirm that a transfer request has been submitted, such that we may consider our options and bring to a swift conclusion a matter that is both distracting and unsettling to all parties concerned."

In May, the WRU withdrew its offer of a national dual contract to Faletau after he missed a deadline to sign.

Source: BBC


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Friday, 23 October 2015

Team to face Wasps





Bench:
Webber
Lahiff
Wilson
Day
Mercer
Cook
Priestland
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RESCHEDULED: BATH RUGBY V WORCESTER WARRIORS

Bath Rugby’s Christmas fixture against Worcester Warriors at the Recreation Ground has changed and will now be played on Sunday 27th December, kick-off 14.30.

This decision has been made as a result of there being no public transport running in or out of Bath on Boxing Day, and to ensure that all supporters are able to make the journey to the Rec.

Alex Cohen, Head of Operations at Bath Rugby, said: “We were made aware that not only would there be no trains or buses operating, but also that the Park and Ride services, which have run in previous years, would not be running. Therefore we decided that moving the fixture to the 27th December was the most viable option to make sure that the thousands of supporters of both teams – the large proportion of which use public transport – are still able to come to what will be an exciting game and a fantastic festive day at the Rec.


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Bad news... JJ out for three months

Bath Rugby can confirm that centre Jonathan Joseph underwent surgery earlier this week for a pectoral injury sustained during the Rugby World Cup.

Joseph, who made his 16th international appearance for England during the competition, will be out of action for approximately three months.

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RFOTR - Application to 'Appeal against the Appeal against the Appeal' Rejected

As RFOTR members may have read in today's Bath Chronicle the application by Jack Sparrow and Rosemary Carne to appeal against the recent decision by the Upper Tribunal has been rejected. This should bring to an end the series of appeals by these long-term objectors against the Schemes for the Rec proposed by the Charity Commission and the Recreation Ground Trust.

The Scheme originally put forward by the Charity Commission and the Recreation Ground Trust will now go back to the First Tier Tribunal for amendment, and then a new Scheme will be issued. This will then provide a framework for redevelopment on the Rec and should enable the Rec Trust and Bath Rugby to work together on a agreement for new permanent arena on the Rec.

This is a very positive development and should remove any further obstacles to establishing a new Scheme for the Rec.

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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Premier Rugby statement on possible salary cap breaches

Over the last few months, there has been speculation, much of it significantly inaccurate, concerning investigations into Clubs. During that time, Premiership Rugby has not commented in view of the confidentiality obligations in the Regulations.

It is important to clarify that investigations into potential issues concerning Clubs' annual spend happen regularly as part of the Certification and annual audit of each Club. The Salary Cap Manager addresses these issues with the Clubs as part of the ongoing work to support the operational management of the system. Confidentiality, therefore, remains appropriate and necessary.

Premiership Rugby can confirm that certain issues were pursued last season with some Clubs relating to access to information and to commercial contracts where there were differences of opinion as to the correct inclusion or not in the Salary Cap spend. The issues were not straightforward and were subject to differing legal opinion and consequent risk as to any judgment on the correct interpretation. Premiership Rugby and the Clubs have now resolved the issues identified and have entered into appropriate confidential settlements.

"It's important to stress that not only have there been no breaches but we regret that over the past six to nine months supporters have not had clarity during this time when it comes to certain issues being looked at on the Salary Cap," said Premiership Rugby's Chief Executive, Mark McCafferty.

"Confidentiality clauses in the Regulations prevented us from commenting until now."

With the Clubs having reached agreement on the level, formulation and management of the Salary Framework through until 2018, Premiership Rugby believes this will play an important role in underpinning the objectives of financial sustainability for all Clubs, a competitive and unpredictable Aviva Premiership Rugby competition and European success.


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Friday, 16 October 2015

Temporary Rec redevelopment plans

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Bath Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs



15 Tom Homer
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Matt Banahan
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Anthony Watson
10 George Ford
9 Chris Cook
1 Nick Auterac
2 Ross Batty
3 Henry Thomas
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dave Attwood
6 Matt Garvey
7 Alafoti Faosiliva
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Rob Webber
17 Max Lahiff
18 David Wilson
19 Sam Burgess
20 Guy Mercer
21 Niko Matawalu
22 Max Clark
23 Jeff Williams


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Thursday, 15 October 2015

ARSCOTT RETURNS TO BRISTOL ON LOAN

Bath Rugby has agreed a deal that will see Luke Arscott return to Bristol Rugby on loan.

The fullback spent four seasons with Bristol, before spending time in the Aviva Premiership with Exeter Chiefs and Bath.

Mike Ford, Head Coach at Bath, said: “All players need game time, and Luke is no different. He is a vastly experienced player, who I have no doubt will be an asset to Bristol both on and off the pitch.”

Source: Bath Rugby



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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Bath Rugby injury updates

Bath Rugby are confident Ollie Devoto will be fit to play against Exeter Chiefs in the Premiership opener on Saturday.

Loosehead prop Nathan Catt has also returned to full-contact training for the first time since he dislocated his shoulder and tore his rotator cuff last November.

Matt Garvey, who came off late in last week's game as a precaution after an ankle knock, is fit for selection.

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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Bath Rugby Christmas fixture list

Saturday 26th December – Bath Rugby v Worcester Warriors, the Recreation Ground, kick-off 3.15pm
Saturday 2nd January – Newcastle Falcons v Bath Rugby, Kingston Park, kick-off 3pm
Friday 8th January – Bath Rugby v Sale Sharks, the Recreation Ground, kick-off 7.45pm, live on BT Sport



Sunday, 11 October 2015

A couple of Bath Rugby rumours for your Sunday afternoon...













Source: Rugby Paper

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Friday, 9 October 2015

Bath Rugby aim to keep Sam Burgess on longer deal

Following England's early exit from the World Cup and Burgess' omission from the squad to face Uruguay tomorrow, spurious rumours surfaced that the 26-year-old would end his stay in union, despite have two years left on his contract at the Rec.

But Ford spoke to him after the defeat to Australia and all was positive from a Bath point of view. Ford said: "We talked about it the last time I spoke to him – about staying on and extending his contract, going on to the next World Cup. He's loving it at Bath."

Burgess will play at blind-side flanker for Bath this season, not in the centre as he has done for England.

But Ford said he has had to shelve plans to get him more involved in the lineouts.

"It's easier to go from six to 12 than the other way round. You don't have lineouts or anything to worry about when you're playing in the centre. What we look at is what Sam can do, then we'll get him up to speed in the lineout further down the line."

Source: Western Daily Press



Bath Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs



15. Tom Homer

14. Matt Banahan

13. Max Clark

12. Ollie Devoto

11. Jeff Williams

10. Kyle Eastmond

9. Chris Cook

1. Nick Auterac

2. Ross Batty

3. Henry Thomas

4. Stuart Hooper ( c )

5. Dave Attwood

6. Matt Garvey

7. Max Northcote-Green

8. Guy Mercer


Replacements

16. Tom Dunn

17. Max Lahiff

18. Beno Obano

19. Kane Palma-Newport

20. Tom Ellis

21. Zach Mercer

22. Jonathan Evans

23. Rory Jennings

24. Luke Arscott





Thursday, 8 October 2015

Bath Rugby hope to increase capacity at The Rec

Bath Rugby is renewing its commitment to the city with plans to improve facilities and increase capacity at The Rec.

The club is preparing to apply for a four-year temporary consent to continue with the existing arrangements for the North and South Stands as well as the East Stand.


But to help improve match day for fans the club wants to make changes to the facilities and seating at the West Stand.

The alterations would increase capacity from 13,500 to 14,500 ready for the 2016/17 season.

The club wants to remove the existing seats at the West Stand and replace them with a temporary structure. the change would also create a new concourse with toilets, bars and food outlets.

The back wall of the West Stand would remain but the roof would be raised by three metres.

Managing director Tarquin McDonald said they while Bath Rugby continued to work with stakeholders on its long-term plans for The Rec the club wanted to make match day as enjoyable as possible for fans.

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Sam Burgess committed to union but as a flanker, insists Mike Ford

Sam Burgess has committed his future to rugby union for the next four years but "knows" it will be as a flanker not a centre, according to his Bath coach Mike Ford.

Rugby league convert Burgess has come in for some criticism since England's early departure from the Rugby World Cup, having started the Pool A defeat to Wales.

There have even been suggestions that the 26-year-old is ready to return to league with Leeds Rhinos.

However, his club coach has refuted those claims, insisting he is determined to make a success of his union career -- although not where he has been used by his country.

"Proving he is an international back-rower is the big challenge now for Sam," Ford told The Times.

"He's always been a No.6 for us, no question. We've talked about next time the England squad gets selected, his goal's got to be to be there as a six.

"The last conversation I had with him, he was going to extend his contract with us and he wanted to go for the next World Cup. He is going to play for us for the next few years. He loves rugby union, he is settled in Bath and he knows he is a six.

"He said to me, 'I know I am a six.' He enjoys being a six, he enjoys the game better because he is more involved."

Burgess returns to Bath next week, and Ford is certain he can prove his quality in a run of games that sees the Aviva Premiership club play Toulon, Leinster, Leicester, Northampton and Wasps.

He said: "If he can play six in those games, against the best in Europe, I am sure England will have a look at him in that role. I am sure he'll break into the international squad as a six."


Source: ESPN.com


BATH RUGBY ANNOUNCE PUBLIC EXHIBITION FOR INTERIM PLANS FOR THE REC

Bath Rugby is unveiling plans for a temporary scheme at the Rec, which aims to improve facilities and increase capacity in time for the start of the 2016 / 2017 season. The plans will be shared at a public exhibition at the Guildhall on Friday October 16th, and the Rec on Saturday October 17th.

The Club has not been able to progress the permanent solution for the redevelopment of the Rec, as consulted on in 2013, whilst the Rec Ground Trust which owns the site has sought to clarify its rights with regard to the operation of the site. As an interim solution, the Club will be applying for a four-year temporary consent to continue with the existing configurations of the North and South Stands as well as the Seasonal East Stand. In addition, Bath Rugby also seek to improve the facilities and seating of the West Stand, which would bring the overall capacity of the Rec from 13,500 to approximately 14,500.

Built in 1954, the current West Stand is in extremely poor condition and is reaching the end of its design life. The enhancement of the West Stand would involve the retention of the back wall which faces the riverside. The existing seats would be replaced with a temporary structure which would provide a better experience for supporters - including improved sight lines, more leg room, and enhanced toilet facilities.

Tarquin McDonald, Managing Director, Bath Rugby said: “Bath Rugby remain committed to finding a long-term permanent solution at the Rec, providing world-class facilities in the centre of Bath, which can be used by all. The Club is bringing all the temporary applications at The Rec together, including the proposed new temporary West Stand, to provide clarity for the next four years. This will give us the time to work with all the key stakeholders within the City – including our near neighbours - to find the best solution for the City."

"In the meantime we wish to provide our supporters with the best possible experience and we feel the proposals including the new temporary West Stand will provide much needed improvements to the facilities. In addition, the new temporary stand would also provide increased capacity so more people can enjoy watching rugby at the Rec, together with the significant knock-on benefit for the local economy of additional spend in local restaurants, shops and hotels.”

The Public Exhibition will be on Friday October 16th at The Guildhall (Brunswick Room – 1pm -7pm) and Saturday October 17th (The Recreation Ground - 12 noon–4pm).




Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Burgess committed to union say Bath

Bath coach Mike Ford has rejected claims Sam Burgess will walk away from rugby union and return to league after the World Cup. Burgess won the NRL Grand Final with South Sydney Rabbitohs before switching codes in his ultimately successful bid to force his way into England’s World Cup squad.
However, Burgess has been dropped completely for England’s Pool A clash with Uruguay following their World Cup elimination and there have been reports he is set to return to league, with former side South Sydney and Super League outfit Leeds Rhinos mooted as potential destinations.

Ford says the speculation is wide of the mark and claims Burgess is committed to union and is eager to star in the Six Nations in 2016, with the next World Cup in 2019 a long-term target.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has used Burgess as a centre but Ford feels the 26-year-old’s future is as a flanker.
He told the BBC: “Sam wants to go through to the next World Cup and he wants to do that with Bath Rugby.

“He knows he’s a six. We talked about a good goal for Sam would be that the next time he gets back into the England squad in January it would be as a six, as a back-row player.”

Source: best player.com

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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

My future is not coaching England but fulfilling the potential at Bath and leaving a legacy

I see that I have been mentioned in the bookies’ possible runners and riders in the betting were there to be a head coach vacancy with England. First and foremost, there is no vacancy and we should all respect Stuart Lancaster’s position. I have just signed a four-year contract with Bath Rugby and my only intention is to help them realise their full potential and achieve what I believe we can achieve.

Why would I want to leave somewhere like this, working with our fantastic owner Bruce Craig, where it is joy to come into training each and every day, where the players and management are so enthusiastic about getting better and where they, too, want to take the club? We haven’t won anything here, I understand that, but that remains our goal and I want to be at the heart of that journey along with my fellow coaches.
We are setting out to play what has become known as the Bath Way again this season at the club even though we lost out to Saracens in the Premiership final in May. That is what the fans and the club want. That is where my commitment lies. I want to leave a legacy at Bath Rugby. This is the best place for me.

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Tom Homer... Try saver!




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Monday, 28 September 2015

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Welcome To Our 150th Season

This 2015/16 season is a significant time for Bath Rugby as we celebrate our 150th anniversary. As we prepare for this historic milestone year, both on and off the pitch, I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome you to our exciting season, thank you for your continued support and give you a small insight into what is in store for this special year.

We marked the start of our anniversary in early August with a Family Festival of Rugby at the Recreation Ground; nearly 3,000 people attended and joined in with tag rugby sessions, kicking clinics, changing room tours and Q&As with our coaches and players. We have also held three fantastic events at Farleigh House – including the introduction of the inaugural Bath Rugby Hall of Fame which honoured important players and coaches from the Club’s past.

During the season we will be launching an additional award to recognise the significant contribution to the Club made by people ‘off the pitch’. Further details will be released in due course. Thank you to all our supporters who joined us and helped make these events a huge success.

The festivities will continue throughout the year. We will host more Season Ticket Holder events than ever before to keep you updated about the Club, including the opportunity to enjoy a Q&A with Club management and players at Farleigh House in the Spring. We will also be running some 150th anniversary giveaways, giving Season Ticket Holders the chance to win a prize every home match weekend, from crates of Bath Ale’s Gem to a luxury weekend in Bath.
On matchdays, we will be honouring the Club’s players, past and present, with each home game being dedicated to the individual positions on the pitch. From loosehead to fullback, all will be celebrated in a variety of ways, including Q&As in the Swift Half with legends of the Club. We are also in the final stages of planning a Rugby Ball Hunt around the city centre in Easter 2016, which will provide some fun for children and grown-ups alike.

This momentous year not only provides an opportunity to showcase the Club’s history, but also to ensure that today’s memories are captured and an archive is retained for future generations. We will be inviting you to share your favourite memories of the Club, as well as telling us your best moments of the year as the season unfolds. The Club will be holding a public exhibition of memorabilia at a venue in Bath city centre in the spring of 2016, which will celebrate our past, present and future. Our 150th anniversary season will culminate in a special celebration event at the Rec in May 2016. More details on all these events will be published on bathrugby.com, so keep an eye on the website.

Both the Bath Rugby Foundation and our Community team will play a significant role in our 150th year. Together they currently deliver £500,000 of programmes in B&NES and surrounding areas, including programmes aimed at character building, healthy eating, and helping young people get back into training or employment. The Bath Rugby Foundation is launching the 150Fund, which will raise at least £150,000 of additional funding over the course of the season, to further benefit the local community.

They are also aiming to secure 150 runners for the 2016 Bath Half Marathon and are delighted to have been selected as the Family Fun Run Charity for the event. Our Community team will be working closely with local amateur clubs to train one new rugby coach per club, as well as continuing their excellent work in local schools. They play a vital role in this Club’s legacy and ensure that we keep building for the next generation and for the next 150 years.

On the field, our outstanding players continue to develop into a squad that will challenge for top honours domestically and in Europe. We enjoyed many successes last season and some games that will live long in the memory. We will continue to build on those positives in 2015/16 and are delighted to have confirmed contract extensions with our coaching staff earlier this month. Continuity in this area is key to the ongoing development of the squad and style of rugby we are building for sustained success.

On behalf of the whole Club, I would like to reiterate our thanks for your support, and look forward to you joining us for what promises to be a unique year in this great Club’s history, starting today as we take on our old rivals Gloucester at the Rec.

Tarquin McDonald | Managing Director



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Friday, 25 September 2015

Bath Rugby team to face Gloucester

15 Tom Homer
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Matt Banahan
12 Ollie Devoto
11 Jeff Williams
10 Kyle Eastmond
9 Chris Cook
1 Nick Auterac
2 Ross Batty
3 Henry Thomas
4 Dave Attwood (c)
5 Tom Ellis
6 Max Northcote-Green
7 Guy Mercer
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Tom Dunn
17 Max Lahiff
18 Beno Obano
19 Kane Palma-Newport
20 Chris Dicomidis
21 Will Britton
22 Sydney Blackmore
23 Jonathan Evans
24 Rory Jennings
25 Brett Herron
26 Max Clark
27 Luke Arscott
28 Zach Mercer

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Bath Rec stadium latest: Objectors seek leave to appeal on Bath Rugby court judgment

Two of the objectors to Bath Rugby's new stadium have sought leave to appeal the court judgment made in August that put the plan back on the table.

A judgment from the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) allowed an appeal made in May by the Recreation Ground Trust, which owns and manages the famous piece of land.


That appeal was against a judgment by a First-tier Tribunal (FtT) that prevented a Charity Commission scheme from allowing the rugby club to lease a bigger area of the Rec than it currently occupies.

Without extra land, the club says it cannot build a new stadium and increase its capacity from about 13,400 to 16,500.

The Trust's appeal sought greater clarity over the points of law that underpinned the FtT's amendments.

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Bath Rugby squad to face Gloucester


Forwards: Dave Attwood, Nick Auterac, Ross Batty, Tom Dunn, Tom Ellis, Charlie Ewels, Leroy Houston, Max Lahiff, Guy Mercer, Zach Mercer, Max Northcote-Green, Beno Obano, Kane Palma-Newport, Henry Thomas, Tom Woolstencroft

Backs: Luke Arscott, Matt Banahan, Max Clark, Chris Cook, Ollie Devoto, Kyle Eastmond, Jonathan Evans, Brett Herron, Tom Homer, Rory Jennings, Semesa Rokoduguni, Jeff Williams




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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Appeal...




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Monday, 21 September 2015

The Real Friends of the Rec - Notes From The Rec Trust AGM

At last Wednesday's Bath Recreation Ground Trust AGM a couple of items came up that might be of interest to RFOTR members.

1. The Rec Trust has almost completed an agreement with B&NES Council regarding a future lease granted by the Rec Trust for the Leisure Centre. The Rec Trust will grant B&NES a lease until 2069 but including a condition that if the Leisure Centre is ever not used for a 2-year period it is to be demolished. In return B&NES will write-off the debt of £289,000 that they claim that the Rec Trust owes them due to expenses incurred by B&NES when the Rec Trust was under their control. B&NES will also carry out £2M worth on work on Rec improvements to put right work not done whilst B&NES controlled the Rec Trust. The Trust plan to include the refurbishment of the Cricket Pavilion in this work.

2. The next steps that the Rec Trust take following the successful Upper Tribunal appeal are dependent on whether the further 'appeal on the appeal on the appeal' by Messrs Sparrow and Carne is allowed. Assuming that no further appeal is allowed the Rec Trust will submitted a new Scheme, which will then allow a new lease with Bath Rugby to be put into place.

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Saturday, 19 September 2015

Match Report: Bath Rugby thrashed 59-14 by Exeter Chiefs in West Country Cup

Bath were dominated up front as they conceded a half-century of points for the second week running.

This time it was at the hands of Exeter Chiefs in the West Country Challenge Cup, going down 59-14 at Sandy Park.

The coaches plumped for 13 of the starters who ran out against Gloucester and lost 50-7 last weekend, plus winger Jeff Williams and scrum-half Jonathan Evans who made their first starts for the club.

A hat-trick of penalty tries from the hosts told the story as the young Bath eight were given a torrid going over at scrum time in the first 50 minutes.


Read more at http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/Match-Report-Bath-Rugby-Exeter/story-27829723-detail/story.html#pqZy0XP8lsu9Oots.99


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Friday, 18 September 2015

Bath Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs



15. Luke Arscott

14. Darren Atkins

13. Max Clark

12. Rory Jennings

11. Jeff Williams

10. Adam Hastings

9. Jonathan Evans

1. Beno Obano

2. Tom Dunn

3. Kane Palma-Newport

4. Charlie Ewels ( c )

5. Tom Ellis

6. Sydney Blackmore

7. Max Northcote-Green

8. Zach Mercer

Replacements

16. Tom Woolstencroft

17. Nick Auterac

18. Max Lahiff

19. Matt Garvey

20. Guy Mercer

21. Matt Bolwell

22. Leroy Houston

23. Will Homer

24. Brett Herron

25. Ollie Devoto

26. Matt Banahan

27. Shaquille Jack

28. Alex O’Meara




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Thursday, 17 September 2015

'I'm massively proud to lead Bath Rugby for a 5th season'

I'm massively proud to lead the club again this season – and the 150th makes it even more special.

It will be my fifth season as captain and to have the second longest run in Bath's history is a real honour.


We have a tremendously exciting opportunity to win the Premiership and Champions Cup this season, so we can't wait for it to start.

Obviously, we don't like to lose 50-7 like we did in our first run-out against Gloucester, but I saw it as a tremendous opportunity.

For a lot of our guys it was the first time they'd played men's rugby. Just before we went to Portugal for our training camp, some of them were picking up their A Level results.

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Sam Burgess shoots down speculation he might leave Bath Rugby

Sam Burgess has put an end to unfounded rumours coming out of Australia that he might return to rugby league next summer.

The cross-code convert has another two years on his contract with Bath Rugby and has just broken into the England squad.


Speaking at Pennyhill Park yesterday, having been picked on the bench for the World Cup opener with Fiji, he said: "There is no truth in it at all and I've not had a word from Australia, so I don't know where it has come from but it's definitely not true.
"I've not heard anything at all and let's just leave it at that. I've got a lot in front of me with Fiji and I want to concentrate on the job in hand."

Source: Bath Chronicle


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Salary Cap battle resumes as Bruce Craig steps down

Premiership salary cap cheats could still face action following a stormy board meeting last week.

I revealed last Sunday that the affair was set to be swept under the carpet by the owners at their annual pre-season meeting. But I now understand that the investigation into three leading clubs breaching salary cap regulations is back on.

I am told that as a result of the meeting that Bath owner Bruce Craig is stepping down as vice-chairman of Premier Rugby Limited.

Craig, above, has been a hugely influential figure over the last few years, especially in gaining clubs greater power to run their own commercial affairs.

A forward thinker in the game, Craig was also at the forefront of negotiations to form the Rugby Champions Cup during their bitter divorce with ERC.

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Monday, 14 September 2015

England team for World Cup opener - Ford, Watson and Joseph to start










(v Fiji, Twickenham Stadium, 8pm BST, Friday September 18, 2015)

15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 39 caps)
14 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 11 caps)
13 Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 13 caps)
12 Brad Barritt (Saracens, 23 caps)
11 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 16 caps)
10 George Ford (Bath Rugby, 13 caps)
9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 49 caps)

1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 33 caps)
2 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 24 caps)
3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 52 caps)
4 Geoff Parling (Exeter Chiefs, 25 caps)
5 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 40 caps)
6 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 38 caps)
7 Chris Robshaw (capt, Harlequins, 39 caps)
8 Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 29 caps)

Replacements
16 Rob Webber (Bath Rugby, 13 caps)
17 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 23 caps)
18 Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints, 12 caps)
19 Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 24 caps)
20 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 19 caps)
21 Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens, 23 caps)
22 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 31 caps)
23 Sam Burgess (Bath Rugby, 2 caps)


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Sunday, 13 September 2015

Match Report: Young Bath Rugby side beaten heavily by Gloucester in West Country Challenge Cup

Mike Ford said the result didn't matter in Bath's first run-out of the season; which is just as well.

The scoreline wasn't pretty at the Memorial Stadium as a strong Gloucester squad heaped 50 points on their West Country rivals.

Bath had no fewer than ten academy players in their 23-man squad, led by England under-20s captain Charlie Ewels.

They were cannon fodder at times in the first half, shipping 38 points. The game was much more competitive after the break though, as Bath finally got some front-foot ball.

Their young midfield, including debutant Adam Hastings at ten, was then able to show glimpses of their attacking potential.

One such thrust, off the back of a solid scrum, saw Rory Jennings send Max Clark through a hole to race away for a consolation try.

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Friday, 11 September 2015

Bath Rugby team to face Gloucester Rugby


15. Luke Arscott
14. Darren Atkins
13. Max Clark
12. Rory Jennings
11. Shaquille Jack
10. Adam Hastings
9. Will Homer
1. Beno Obano
2. Tom Dunn
3. Kane Palma-Newport
4. Charlie Ewels (c)
5. Tom Ellis
6. Sydney Blackmore
7. Max Northcote-Green
8. Zach Mercer

Replacements

16. Tom Woolstencroft
17. Nick Auterac
18. Jack Edmondson
19. Max Lahiff
20. Matt Garvey
21. Matt Bolwell
22. Jonathan Evans
23. Alex O’Meara


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Thursday, 10 September 2015

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Salary cap breaches!?!




Premiership Rugby are set to officially halt their investigation into alleged salary cap breaches by Saracens and Bath, according to a report in the Rugby Paper.

The two Aviva Premiership clubs have been under investigation since December 2014 for breaching the cap, which has been increased to £5.5m for the upcoming season.

A report on the investigation was set to be presented to the clubs last season but it was postponed until June and then eventually delayed even further.

It will now be discussed on Wednesday when Premiership Rugby's stakeholders hold their yearly pre-season meeting.
But it is unlikely that any action will be taken against the two clubs, who competed in last season's Aviva Premiership Final, as a 100 percent agreement must be reached by the stakeholders.
According to the Rugby Paper, a source has revealed that several deals have been taking place behind the scenes.

There are various sanction levels for salary cap breaches. These range from from a four-point deduction for a small breach to 40 points for a breach in excess of £250,000.

It is understood, however, that if these sanctions are implemented then they will be challenged in courts while a grievance would also be made to the European Union as the salary cap could be a restriction on fair trade.

The decision is set to spark an outcry from fans who have already demanded that action be taken against clubs in breach of the salary cap.

"Premier Rugby is run by a small cartel of clubs and the other clubs are being blackmailed and bullied into not voting against them," a source told the Rugby Paper.

"The whole thing stinks.

"They will get let off because clubs don’t want the bad publicity in case it upsets the sponsors and broadcasters.

Some of these clubs are run by very successful men who are used to getting their own way and this isn’t any different.
"It is no wonder that the club game in this country never moves forward.

"It’s a closed shop with a few clubs making the decisions."

Source: planetrugby.com

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FIRST TEAM COACHES MAKE LONG-TERM COMMITMENT TO BATH RUGBY

Bath Rugby are delighted to confirm long-term contract extensions for all four First Team coaches.

Mike Ford , Neal Hatley, Toby Booth and Darren Edwards have all committed to a further four years with the Club, having overseen an impressive Bath Rugby campaign in 2014/15 in which the team reached the Aviva Premiership Final and European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter-Final.

Managing Director Tarquin McDonald sees the re-signing of the coaches as a signal of intent from the Club. “Bath Rugby enjoyed one of our best seasons in recent memory in 2014/15, and we want to continue building on that,” says McDonald. “We have an excellent coaching team and they are central to everything we want this Club to achieve in coming seasons. Their mindset is such that they are constantly looking to improve and build on the achievements of this talented team.”

“The brilliant work they do is reflected in the World Cup selection of twelve of our players. They’re writing a new chapter in Bath Rugby history and, as we commence with the Club’s 150th anniversary celebrations, we’ve only seen the beginning of it.”

Head Coach Mike Ford commented: “We’re delighted to be able to take the Club further and build on what we have achieved with this special group of players. The level of commitment at this Club is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced: we come to work every day looking to improve on yesterday, which instils a real buzz amongst the team. Now we’re just really eager to get the new season underway.”

Bath Rugby compete in their first match of the West Country Challenge Cup this Saturday against Gloucester at the Memorial Ground (k.o. 17:00).

Source: Bath Rugby


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Monday, 7 September 2015

Rec Trust AGM and Rec Appeal Update

The Annual General Meeting of Bath Recreation Ground Trust will take place on Wednesday 16 September 2015 at 1700 hours in the Illustrious Suite, Bath Recreation Ground. We urge RFOTR members to attend as it should provide an opportunity to hear from the Rec Trust about their next moves regarding development on the Rec after their recent successful appeal to the Upper Tribunal. More information is available on the Rec Trust website.

We have heard that Jack Sparrow and Rosemary Carne, two of the three individuals who originally appealed against the Charity Commission's and Rec Trust's Scheme for the Rec at the First-Tier Tribunal and then contested the recent decision at the Upper Tribunal, have sought leave to appeal the recent Upper Tribunal judgement to the Court of Appeal. The outcome of this request is awaited but we hope it will be quickly dismissed given the last decision and Judge’s comments. The third individual, Nigel Websper, has not sought leave to appeal.

CONTACTS

You can contact the Executive Committee via email at contact@realfriendsoftherec.co.uk

Source: RFOTR



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Sunday, 6 September 2015

Niko Matawalu fires warning to England as Bath-bound star scores two tries in comfortable victory

Niko Matawalu's two-try cameo fired England a World Cup warning as Fiji dispatched Canada at The Stoop on Sunday.

The Bath-bound scrum-half bossed Fiji's fluent, potent back line under the shadows of Twickenham, 13 days before the Pacific Islanders will look to spoil England's World Cup party.

Matawalu limped off gingerly just before half-time with a leg injury, but was clearly removed as a precaution and under little panic.

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Friday, 4 September 2015

Nick Abendanon pens new three-year deal with French Top 14 side Clermont Auvergne

I know it's not Bath Rugby news but worth sharing news from one of Bath best!

Former England and Bath full-back Nick Abendanon has signed a new three-year contract with Clermont Auvergne.

The 29-year-old has committed to a new deal that runs until June 2018, and also holds the option to extend for a further year in due course.

Abendanon was voted European Player of the Year for 2015, owing to his role in driving Clermont to the inaugural European Champions Cup final in just his first season in France.


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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Day and Priestland selected in Wales Rugby World Cup squad


Bath Rugby second row Dominic Day has been selected for Wales' Rugby World Cup, where he is joined by future Club teammate Rhys Priestland.

The 30-year-old, who only made his Test debut earlier this month in a World Cup warm-up clash with Ireland, is one of five locks named, with Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland following Australia's lead in only naming two hookers.

Having missed out on All Blacks selection himself in the past, Gatland was speaking from personal experience when he said: "Some of the decisions were the toss of a coin. Those players that have missed out, you feel for them massively," he said.

"It is incredibly disappointing for those players that miss out. It's hard, but you have got to accept that is the nature of professional sport and we are entrusted to make what we believe are the right calls.

"I think there is a nice balance in the squad between the physicality that we can bring, which we saw on the weekend, and hopefully with some skill as well."

Wales kick off their World Cup campaign against Uruguay in Cardiff on September 20 but things will soon get tougher, with Fiji, England and Australia also in Pool A.


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Monday, 31 August 2015

Day makes cut for Wales World Cup squad

Bath Rugby lock Dominic Day is heading to the Rugby World Cup with Wales after head coach Warren Gatland named him in their 31-man squad.The 30-year-old, who only made his Test debut earlier this month in a World Cup warm-up clash with Ireland, is one of five second-row options on the squad, with Wasps man Bradley Davies also among them.

Also included is Day's new teammate at the Rec, Rhys Priestland - one of three fly-halves alongside Dan Biggar and Bristol youngster Matthew Morgan.

Northampton Saints winger George North, who won his 50th Welsh cap on Saturday, takes his place in the squad alongside Harlequins-bound centre - and fellow British & Irish Lion - Jamie Roberts.

Exeter Chiefs prop Tomas Francis makes the cut after impressing Gatland during the Welsh training camps and links up with former Bath man Paul James in the front row.

There is, however, no place for Gloucester Rugby back rower Ross Moriarty, who made his Test debut this month.

Wales kick off their World Cup campaign against Uruguay in Cardiff on September 20 but things will soon get tougher, with Fiji, England and Australia also in Pool A.

Wales squad




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