Saints v Tigers Team News
Team news for both clubs ahead of Saturday's match.
Trinder Returns at Bristol
Henry Trinder makes a very welcome return as Johnny Bell makes his first selection as "interim" head coach....
Big Shout of thanks to Dave White (Landlubber) for putting pen to paper and sending in a story
The club have issued a statement to clarify the situation.
KEEPTHE RUGBY FLOWING
Selection conundrums abound aplenty for Saracens as they balance the need to cement a top-two Premiership spot with the European Quarter Final a week later. For Bath, slightly conflicting priorities, as their fourth place looks increasingly vulnerable to the resurgent pair of Leicester and Northampton, although these sides face each other, so one will fall behind, underlining the importance of this match to Bath.
First-half fireworks to celebrate St Patricks
My first London Irish Game was a St Patricks party so it’s a fixture that I have a soft spot for. Of course this year it was also the fixture that, if won, would guarantee the Exiles top spot in the league. Fair to say then that the team were expected to come out all guns blazing.
WRSC at Rugby Tonight
The Supporter's club trip to BT Sport's Rugby Tonight was a good deal of fun, some standing around, looking serious and some "snow ball" throwing!
The Lions - have your say
There’s nothing like a Lions tour of New Zealand to remind people of the importance of London Welsh in the history of world rugby. The victorious 1971 tour, featuring seven players selected from the club, including captain John Dawes - five of whom played in all four tests - was arguably the defining moment in the history of the All Blacks. But who makes the trip this summer? You decide…
Will Gloucs be under new stewardship come kick off time at Ashton Gate on Friday night?
Keep The Faith
Bath seek a miracle on Sunday but it will take more than faith to get it. Highflying Saracens lost their last encounter with Bath and will be desperate not to succumb again. Bath have struggled in the Premiership since that heady December day, losing 5 of 7 matches and fading to fourth in the table, 10 points adrift of Sunday’s hosts in 3rd. The self-belief and determination of the opening months of the season seems to have drained with the seemingly non-stop injury list and even 4th place is now under threat from improving rivals. Saracens, enjoying home advantage and welcoming back half their top pack from 6 Nations duty look set to heap more misery on the men in Blue, Black and White. Bath can claim their own returners of course, but will they be sufficient reinforcement to see off the threat? A meeting between these two clubs is as much a clash of faiths as when the original Saracens under Salah-ud-Din confronted the Crusader Christians. The Saracens credo has for years been a defensive one: percentage, pressure and pragmatism to wear opponents down then force penalties to build a score. Tries as often as not are scored as the result of that defence: the stifling “wolf-pack” approach forcing opposition error to exploit in counter attack. Bath by contrast have set out their stall on a more attacking “ball-in-hand” philosophy, a promise of faith made by Bruce Craig when seeking a new DOR last summer. The free flowing style is part of the Bath legend and, when it works is delightfully potent: bitter rivals Leicester and neighbours Gloucester among those on the receiving end of hammerings in recent years. However, in 2015 that all came unstuck in the Premiership Final – Saracens grit grinding down Bath’s flair. Should we expect the same this weekend?