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


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


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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


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


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


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."



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

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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.