Saturday, 31 December 2016

Bath Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs

Bath Rugby have made three changes ahead of the final Aviva Premiership game of 2016 against Exeter Chiefs on New Year’s Eve at the Recreation Ground, kick-off 15:00.

All three changes come in the pack, where Tom Dunn is named at hooker, supported either side by Nathan Catt and Max Lahiff. The versatile Matt Garvey moves into the second row, where he will be joined by Dave Attwood, who was one of Bath’s four try scorers last weekend against Wasps.

Tom Ellis and Zach Mercer are the new faces in the back row at blindside flanker and number eight, with Francois Louw continuing his run back in the team at openside flanker.

In an unchanged backline, Tom Homer continues at full-back with the wings occupied by Aled Brew and Semesa Rokoduguni. Ben Tapuai, who scored his first try for the Club last time out, continues his partnership in the centre with Jonathan Joseph, while Kahn Fotuali’i and George Ford are once again the half-back pairing.

There is also a welcome return to the squad for England international Anthony Watson, who could make his first appearance for Bath since the start of October from the bench.

Todd Blackadder, Director of Rugby said: “The team are really looking forward to this weekend and are determined to end the calendar year on a high. There are areas where we will need to improve on from Wasps, but I have every confidence that they can do that on Saturday.

“It has been a hectic first half of the season with injuries and call-ups, but the squad have shown a great deal of character to get the results needed week after week to remain in the top three.

“We are now nearly back to full strength, so it is important that we give the likes of Ross, Luke and Toby the opportunity to recuperate for a crucial period for the Club in January.”

Unavailable for selection: Matt Banahan, Ross Batty, Dan Bowden, Luke Charteris, David Denton, Charlie Ewels, Taulupe Faletau, Rhys Priestland, Henry Thomas.



15. Tom Homer

14. Semesa Rokoduguni

13. Jonathan Joseph

12. Ben Tapuai

11. Aled Brew

10. George Ford (co-capt)

9. Kahn Fotuali’i

1. Nathan Catt

2. Tom Dunn

3. Max Lahiff

4. Matt Garvey (co-capt)

5. Dave Attwood

6. Tom Ellis

7. Francois Louw

8. Zach Mercer

Replacements

16. Michael van Vuuren

17. Nick Auterac

18. Shaun Knight

19. Elliott Stooke

20. Paul Grant

21. Darren Allinson

22. Max Clark

23. Anthony Watson


Follow Bath Rugby Inside Out on twitter @BathRugbyINOUT

Bath Rugby Inside Out Facebook page can be found here

Monday, 19 December 2016

Brew staying with Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby winger Aled Brew has signed a new contract extension that will keep him at the Club until the end of the 2017-2018 season.

The 30 year-old has brought in a wealth of experience and enthusiasm since joining on a short-term contract in September, scoring his first try in the 38-3 victory against Cardiff Blues last week.

Brew, who has won nine caps for Wales, spent two seasons with French side Biarritz in between three successful spells with Newport Gwent Dragons, where he amassed over 200 points for the Welsh side.

On pledging his future to Bath Rugby, a delighted Brew said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Bath over the last few months and have settled in really well, so I’m really happy to be staying for at least another season and a half.

“I’ve really enjoyed getting a good run of games under my belt – it’s a great squad to be part of and we’re looking forward to pushing on over the coming months.”

Director of Rugby, Todd Blackadder, added: “We are delighted to have extended Aled’s contract with the Club. He has bought so much to the team on and off the field since his arrival and will continue to form an integral part of the squad over the next couple of seasons.


Follow Bath Rugby Inside Out on twitter @BathRugbyINOUT

Bath Rugby Inside Out Facebook page can be found here

Friday, 16 December 2016

Rec court decision paves the way for a bigger and better Bath Rugby stadium!!!!!!

A court decision has paved the way for Bath Rugby to build a bigger and better stadium on the Rec.
A scheme originally set out by the Charity Commission in 2013 has been clarified and finalised to determined how the famous piece of land can be managed by The Recreation Ground Trust.
The decision made by the First-tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber - Charity) confirms that the Trust has the powers of "absolute owner".
It can "sell, lease, license or otherwise dispose of" all or any part of the Rec as it works to achieve its charitable objectives.
This means the Trust could lease more land to Bath Rugby than they currently occupy, which the club has always said would be essential to their vision of a new stadium in the heart of the city.
Read More





Saturday, 10 December 2016

Bath Rugby XV to play Cardiff today...


15. Tom Homer

14. Semesa Rokoduguni

13. Max Clark

12. Ben Tapuai

11. Jack Wilson

10. Dan Bowden

9. Darren Allinson

1. Beno Obano

2. Ross Batty

3. Max Lahiff

4. Charlie Ewels

5. Elliott Stooke

6. Matt Garvey ( c )

7. Tom Ellis

8. Paul Grant

Replacements
16. Jack Walker

17. Nick Auterac

18. Kane Palma-Newport

19. Guy Mercer

20. Michael van Vuuren

21. Will Homer

22. Adam Hastings

23. Jeff Williams

Unavailable for selection: Matt Banahan, Chris Cook, David Denton, Rhys Priestland, David Sisi, Henry Thomas, Anthony Watson.




Follow Bath Rugby Inside Out on twitter @BathRugbyINOUT

Bath Rugby Inside Out Facebook page can be found here

Saturday, 3 December 2016

A reminder of Bath Rugby team to face Saracens today



15. Tom Homer

14. Semesa Rokoduguni

13. Max Clark

12. Ben Tapuai

11. Aled Brew

10. Dan Bowden

9. Kahn Fotuali’i

1. Nathan Catt

2. Tom Dunn

3. Max Lahiff

4. Luke Charteris

5. Dave Attwood

6. Matt Garvey ( c )

7. Tom Ellis

8. Taulupe Faletau

Replacements

16. Ross Batty

17. Beno Obano

18. Kane Palma-Newport

19. Paul Grant

20. Zach Mercer

21. Darren Allinson

22. Adam Hastings

23. Jack Wilson


Follow Bath Rugby Inside Out on twitter @BathRugbyINOUT

Bath Rugby Inside Out Facebook page can be found here