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Bath's World Cup Hopefuls
Six Bath Rugby players are now pushing their claims for a place in England’s World Cup Squad. Some are established internationals, others rookies, even ‘bolters’ but none appeared in this year’s 6 Nations. Three did feature in the 2018 Autumn Internationals; two others are Lions, with credit in the bank. They have until 2 September, when teams must be submitted, to make their mark. Bath have averaged 5 representatives at the last 3 World Cups, so how many will make the trip this time?
COML Visitors and Revenue Stats
Stats of our visitor numbers, page views and revenue since 2008 (stats before that are not available). ERE and its successor COML have been used by fans over the years since 2000 when it was first started by Glen on the Rivals site moving to Sportnetwork in 2002.
Premier Rugby Finances 2017/18
Here is an update of Premier Rugby finances of the Clubs for the season 2017/18
The Lighter Side
I was told recently that a current English Football League manager I know does not want his son to go into professional sport. It’s a shame that the pressures he faces up to could result in his son missing out on a dream career and it got me thinking about how much fun it really might not be for some of the players and coaches we comment about on a weekly basis. I never played rugby after school. Basically I was rubbish and hated being rubbish so naturally played the only sport I showed any talent at – cricket.
Bath Squad 2019/20
The squad for season 2019/20. Please advise of any errors or omissions.
East Meets West: Gallagher Premiership Playoffs
East plays west this weekend in both Premiership semi finals, with the bookmakers predicting a Saracens: Exeter finale. Bath must once more sit out this stage of the season having failed to live up to hope and hype and managing only ‘third best in the west’ and last minute entry to the Champions Cup. Ardent fans across the country will though be watching these games to see who triumphs as must Bath’s new coaching team, to see how it is done. Who then do we think will win and who, as neutrals would we want to?
In The Tiger Den: Leicester v Bath
Bath’s final Premiership fixture takes them into the lair of old rivals Leicester Tigers. Time was when Leicester v Bath was a mouth watering, red -blooded encounter fought tooth and claw which players and fans relished. Since 2015 those days have gone, with both teams in decline, neither hitting the heights they aspire to and their fans demand. This season Tigers’ claws have been blunted at home in 5 Premiership games, most recently by Bristol Bears. So, will they prove to be man eaters or easy meat?
TEAMS UP! Fizz Buzz? Bath v Wasps
Having failed to fizz in defeat at Sale, Bath must next silence Wasps buzz with victory at the Rec. Currently 7th place, Wasps have buzzed only in fits and starts this campaign, slumping to defeat at home last Saturday to Saracens. Both teams will be working out their chances of playoff and Champions Cup positions but while calculating, need to be alert so when their number comes up, they seize the moment. So whose head will be clearest and who will win on Saturday?
Bargain Hunting? Sale v Bath
After flattering to deceive at Gloucester, Bath next travel to a Sale side nursing a grievance. Following a humbling home defeat to Worcester, Sale pulled themselves together and dominated much of a feisty Challenge Cup Semi Final, only to fall to La Rochelle in a match littered with controversial moments. Frustration at such narrow failure should fire them up, as will the knowledge that, like Bath, they now depend on final Premiership position for entry to Champions Cup rugby next season.
Into The Lions’ Den: Gloucester v Bath
Fresh from beating Bristol at Twickenham, Bath’s third successive derby takes them to the Kingsholm Lions’ den. Gloucester claim their rebadging is not a rebrand, like Bristol’s but their Head Coach is a former Golden Lion player and coach, their squad contains four former Lions and they have adopted much of the Transvaalers’ directness and ferocity. They have certainly proven Lion- hearted this season and the Shed will be ready to roar. Will Bath be lambs to the slaughter or Lion tamers?