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Glaws v Bath - A day out at our dear neighbours
If its possible to have a friendly against our dear neighbours, then surely this is it, with both teams already eliminated from the knock out stages of the Premiership Cup, relegates this match to preparation for the real action of the premiership in a fortnight’s time.
Tigers in the City
You were expecting the usual masterful prose and analysis by PG Tips for this week’s fixture, so was I until the summons to attend the drawing room on the estate, the conversation was succinct. “Pay attention Frivolous I’m on sabbatical take care of the pre-match review. You can go now” so here it is…
WINNING OR WAITING? BATH V WORCESTER WARRIORS
Bath host Worcester Warriors on Saturday hoping to open their account in the Premiership Rugby Cup. Tenth in the Premiership last year, Worcester have languished in the relegation zone or the Championship for the past twelve seasons, though last season were capable of some potent attacking play and made the semi finals of the Cup. Last week, fielding a comparatively strong team they walloped a youthful Leicester Tigers team 57-23. So will Saturday’s visitors prove to be Wuss or Warrior?
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?
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