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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