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.

CONTACTS

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




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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.

Read more..


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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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