Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby

Stands:

New and uncovered temporary stands allow home fans and visitors alike to get soaked and windswept for their money. Those in the hospitality boxes behind one goal get peppered with goal kicks.

Setting:

The most beautiful setting in the country. On a nice day (admittedly a rarity in these parts), there is no better place to be in the country with gorgeous views of this old city.

Food:

Plenty of usual rugby ground fayre on offer with chips and burgers galore and, surprisingly for these parts, at reasonable prices. But the pick of the bunch is the mobile van near the temporary stand which serves the best organic lamb burgers on the circuit...and perhaps the only ones.

Getting there:

Bloody Romans. This is a great old city but those that built it made no plans for tens of thousands of cars to descend into it on match day. Huge queues from the A46 up to three hours before kick-off on limited parking in the city when you finally get there. Give yourself plenty of time and have a good night’s sleep the night before. You will need a lot of patience.

Archetypal local:

Hackett-clad, wax-jacket-wearing middle-aged and very middle class. Good mix of men and women. Big drinkers. A little bit one-eyed.

Atmosphere:

Excellent. If only their players could give the fans a sniff of a title, it would be even better too. Stands are close to the pitch and that creates a real pressure-cooker when fans are in full voice.

Local expectations:

It’s hard for many locals to forget the glory days of the 80s and too many of them remember the good times. Rarely in trouble at the wrong end of the table, Bath are the nearly men of English rugby. Always seemingly in the top half but never really threatening the top two. Every year represents a new false dawn – but expectation always remains because of their proud, all-too distant history.

Banter:

Good. This is a strong rugby area and the locals know their stuff. Passionate but friendly.

Chants:

“Barrrth, Barrrth, Barrrth,” is pretty standard fayre.


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Bath Rugby rugby news from Scrum.com

  • Bath bring in Puma Agulla
    Bath Rugby have completed the signing of Argentina winger Horacio Agulla
  • Flatman announces rugby retirement
    Bath and former England prop David Flatman has announced his immediate retirement from rugby due to a hand injury
  • Nick Evans scoops top RPA honour
    Harlequins fly-half Nick Evans has scooped the prestigious Rugby Players' Association Player of the Year award with Owen Farrell completing an awards double after taking the Young Player of the Year gong
  • Bath sign Wales prop Paul James
    Bath have completed the signing of Wales prop Paul James
  • Bath unveil new coaching team
    Bath Rugby have confirmed that Gary Gold will take up the position of director of rugby at the club with Toby Booth, Neal Hatley and Mike Ford also joining
  • Gary Gold confirms Bath switch
    Former Newcastle Falcons boss Gary Gold has confirmed he will make a swift return to the Aviva Premiership as Bath's new director of rugby
  • Stormers denied Louw loan deal
    The Stormers have failed in a bid to re-sign Bath flanker Francois Louw on a short-term loan deal
  • Cockerill hopeful on Flood and Youngs
    Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill expects England half-backs Toby Flood and Ben Youngs to be fit for next Saturday's Aviva Premiership semi-final against Saracens.
  • Wasps survive relegation scrap
    The battle for Aviva Premiership survival and the semi-final play-offs reached a dramatic conclusion on Saturday afternoon
  • Tigers tear into Bath
    Leicester warmed up for the Aviva Premiership play-offs with a 28-3 victory over Bath at Welford Road
  • Bath announce Hobson retirement
    Bath Rugby have confirmed that young second-row Scott Hobson has been forced to retire from the game due to injury
  • Bath duo pen new contracts
    Bath Rugby have been handed a boost ahead of their final match of the season with the news that Tom Biggs and Mark McMillan have both signed new deals
  • Gold non-committal on future
    Gary Gold's move to Bath appears to be far from done with the current Newcastle Falcons boss open to a move back to South Africa or remaining in the Aviva Premiership
  • Young targets victory over Falcons
    Wasps director of rugby Dai Young conceded his side were lucky to secure a losing bonus point in their 17-12 defeat to Bath at The Rec
  • Bath down battling Wasps
    Relegation-threatened London Wasps fell to a 17-12 defeat to Bath at The Rec but secured a valuable losing bonus point that leaves them four points clear of basement side Newcastle
  • Dixon joins Bath exodus
    Bath have announced that hooker Pieter Dixon will leave the Aviva Premiership club at the end of the season
  • Montpellier confirm Hape signing
    Montpellier have announced a host of new signings with England international Shontayne Hape and Bath outside centre Matt Carraro included
  • Bath legend Duncan Bell to retire
    Bath and England prop Duncan Bell has announced that he will retire from the game at the end of the season
  • Butch James retires from Boks duty
    World Cup winning fly-half Butch James has retired from international rugby with immediate effect
  • Bath insist Donald will stay
    Bath have poured cold water on the rumour that Stephen Donald is set to return to New Zealand at the end of the current season

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