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Bath Rugby lacked composure

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Mike Ford, the head coach of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Bath Rugby stated that his side must learn to be composed in critical situations after overseeing his side’s brilliant winning run come to a crashing halt at the end of a pulsating encounter against the Northampton Saints.

Bath went into the match against The Jimmies on the back of 11 consecutive wins in all competitions and they looked good enough to secure that twelfth victory after racing to a 13-0 lead at Franklin’s Gardens. However, with prop Paul James sent to the sin bin after being shown a yellow card, Northampton clawed their way back to the game, managing four consecutive tries without reply to secure a 43-25 victory.

Bath Rugby remain third on Aviva Premiership table in spite of that defeat but they have seen quite gap open up between themselves and the leading pair of Saracens FC and the Northampton Saints courtesy of that defeat.

And Ford stated that the team needed to know where they were, adding Northampton know how to play these games; they have been playing big games for several years now while for the last few years, Bath haven’t had the chance to play as top four team against another top four team and that lack of experience cost them.

The Bath head coach also mentioned that the players need to do a lot better in controlling their emotions on the field as well. He stated that the period during which Bath Rugby had one player in the sin bin, they lost composure, lost the small niggles, got on the wrong side of the referee and made their crowd more vocal as well.

And he believes once Bath come to terms with these, they will be good enough to challenge for the title.

Ford not getting carried away

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Mike Ford, the Director of Rugby of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Bath Rugby has admitted that he won’t be judging the title winning credentials of the team before the New Year.

Bath, who is currently sitting at third in the Aviva Premiership standings, will be looking for their third straight victory in the Premiership and eight overall in all competitions when they welcome the challenge of the Exeter Chiefs to The Recreation this weekend.

According to Ford, the club laid down a marker for the players with last weekend’s win against the London Wasps last weekend but with back to back matches coming up against established top four sides from the Premiership with matches against the likes of Harlequins FC, the champions Leicester Tigers and last season’s runners up the Northampton Saints over a busy Christmas period for Bath Rugby, it is only then that their title winning credentials can be properly assessed.

Ford mentioned that they realized during the game against the Wasps and the games coming up against the Chiefs or Harlequins FC that losing any match will mean those sides will go above them in the table.

He went on to add that it was the time in their cycle that they set down a marker and send out a signal and they did that against the Wasps and it will be up to the players to maintain that momentum.

The Bath Rugby boss also went on to add that with the game against the Leicester Tigers done, they will have played twelve games, seven of which will have been away from home. With matches against Saracens FC, the Saints and the Tigers done with, they will know what kind of position they are in and will properly assess the situation after that only.

Louw absence will make no difference

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Gary Gold, the Director of Rugby of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Bath Rugby has stated that the club has factored in the absence of Francois Louw during their preparations ahead of the new season after it was revealed that the South African international flanker will miss much of the first half of the season due to his commitments with the South African national team.

Louw, who holds 19 international caps for the Springboks, has been named in the team’s squad for the Rugby Championships, which will get underway on Saturday, the same day that the Aviva Premiership giants get their season underway with a friendly match against their fierce local rivals Bristol Rugby at their home stadium at The Rec.

The South African will miss the final phases of pre-season training with Bath Rugby and the schedule for the Rugby Championship is also set to clash with the first five fixtures of the new season of the Aviva Premiership, effectively ruling the player out of those matches for Bath. The club, however, has a whole host of talents in the back row position, meaning that Director of Rugby Gary Gold will be able to tinker with the side and still send out his strongest 15 even in the absence of the powerful Louw to lead them out.

Gold, who is a former assistant coach for the South African national team, stated that the performance of the player last season meant that he was undisputed in his position for the national team and they have had quite some time to plan ahead and take his absence into account.

Gold also mentioned that he would obviously preferred keeping the player for the upcoming matches of Bath Rugby but admitted it is hard to hold a player back when he is summoned for national team duty.

Bath Rugby sign Alafoti Fa’osiliva

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Bath Rugby have completed the signing of Alafoti Fa’osiliva, the Samoan international back rower ahead of the new season of the Aviva Premiership as they look to bolster their options in the position to mount a proper challenge and qualify for the Heineken Cup at the end of the season.

The 27 year old back rower is vastly experienced playing in Europe and has previously been on the books of Bristol Rugby as well as French powerhouse club Toulouse. The powerful and big hitting player has already been handed his professional debut for the club having had a run out for the club at the Premiership Rugby Sevens at the Kingsholm stadium of Gloucester Rugby, which is the traditional curtain raiser for the Aviva Premiership season. (more…)

All about Bath Rugby

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Bath Rugby is a professional Rugby Football Union club that currently plays in the Aviva Premiership, the top tier of professional rugby in England. Based in the city of Bath in the county of Somerset, it is one of the oldest rugby football clubs that are still in existence. The club was founded by the members of the Lansdown Cricket Club because they wanted to do something to do in the winter months and that is one of the main reasons why the uniforms of both the cricket and rugby clubs are identical.

Since the very inception of the club, Bath had led a very nomadic existence, especially during the 1800s as they played in various venues. They finally managed to lease a land where they built their own stadium which is now known as The Recreation Ground, and is one of the most famous grounds in the country. Since the turn of the century, Bath Rugby became one of the permanent fixtures of the English rugby scene and they went on to become one of the most dominating clubs in the 1970s.

The club was one of the first clubs to imbibe professionalism into the club, even before the advent of professionalism in the game as a whole and this is something that is attributed to the success of the club that it achieved in the 1980s and the early 1990s. The Premiership era began in the middle of the 1980s and in the next ten years, the club won 6 titles, as well as 10 Anglo Welsh Cups.

Bath Rugby has since suffered a huge fall from grace and has not won a major title since the 2007-08 European Challenge Cup and hasn’t won the Premiership since the 1995-96 season, which is unacceptable for a club of its stature.

Bath Rugby sign Matt Garvey

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

When Gary Gold was signed on to become the new Director of Rugby at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Bath Rugby, he did not want to be too dependent on the glorious history of the club but wanted to sell the prospect of a bright future laden with trophies and this has worked wonders in the recruitment process for the club. And the latest player to buy into the promise of a bright future at the club is Matt Garvey, the 25 year old London Irish forward.

The forward has agreed a deal with the club that will see him swap the London Irish for The Rec and according to Mike Ford, the first team coach of Bath Rugby, the player wasn’t sold the glorious trophy laden history of the past but the promise of a bright future and once talks began to take place over the direction of the club, he didn’t think twice before following in the footsteps of fellow Irish teammate Jonathan Joseph in swapping London for Bath.

Ford went on to state that with all the players they have been scouting and signing, the club has offered them the chance of better development and improvement. He stated that the club is looking to win games, big games and that alone is enough to draw a player to a club, not because of the glamour Bath Rugby boasts of. He stated that the club wants to sign individuals who are driven to win and succeed.

And speaking of his move to the club, Garvey stated that he knows that there is a tough environment at the club but added that it is also an environment that makes good players great and that is something he is looking forward to a lot and can’t wait for the new season.