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Scary Start? Exeter Chiefs v Bath
Bath could hardly have a tougher start to the season than Saturday’s trip to Sandy Park. This may be a tie in a minor competition to keep domestic rugby in fans minds during the opening rounds of the World Cup, and neither side will be at full strength, but Bath’s record away to Exeter has been poor for some years. Stuart Hooper has already said that the club will treat the Premiership Rugby Club like the pre season friendlies of previous years. The result though will still matter.
Who Should Be Captain?
Bath’s 2019-20 Captain is due to be named “shortly”. Stuart Hooper stated at a recent season ticket holder briefing that he is a “one captain man”. His chosen skipper will be both Club Captain and First XV Captain and the “co-captains” experiment of recent seasons will end, with one captain in charge of each match. An off season poll in the Chronicle gathered votes for 20 different players, but does that signify a wealth of leadership talent, or the lack of a stand out candidate? Let’s take a look.
Bath's New Boys
Bath’s first match of the season kicks off later this month. For many this is a “phoney war” fixture, to warm squads and fans up ahead of the Premiership start in mid October. Although many of Bath’s stars will be missing at the World Cup, the Premiership Rugby Cup gives us a chance to view the players who joined in the summer. Bath have recruited sparsely compared to some clubs without addressing fans concerns about the half backs. So who are the new boys and what can we expect?
COML Referendum on our Future
There has been recent debate on the advantages and disadvantages of SN on 'ere and at other Clubs.
SPACE: RUGBY’s FINAL FRONTIER
The size of a rugby pitch has remained fairly constant since the game’s inception. The size of players on the other hand …. a study of NZ players showed that between 1947 and 2015 the average height and weight of players increased by 4% and 20% respectively. While the 4% height increase sounds suspiciously modest, it’s still the equivalent of reducing the size of the pitch by 4 metres in length and 3 metres in width.
RICHES OR RUIN?
Is Rugby following the route to riches already taken by English Football? Readers of more advanced years will recall some thirty years ago when in the English professional football world the only difference between a Division 1 Club (Premiership) and a Division 2 Club (Championship) was the greater scale of trading losses in the higher division. Yet today these clubs are making very large profits that will in all likelihood only increase over the next few years. So how did it happen?
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.