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    • Team News: Bath Rugby unchanged for Aviva Premiership Final

      Bath Rugby have named an unchanged matchday squad for the Aviva Premiership Final at Twickenham against Saracens this Saturday (kick-off 14.30).

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      The 23 players who all featured against Leicester Tigers in last weekend's 47-10 semi-final victory at the Rec have now earned the opportunity to play in the biggest fixture in English club rugby.

      Anthony Watson will make his 50th appearance for the Club at fullback, with Matt Banahan (who scored the first ever hat-trick in a Premiership semi-final against Tigers) and Semesa Rokoduguni on the wings.

      Kyle Eastmond and Jonathan Joseph are paired in the midfield for an impressive 19th time this season. Peter Stringer and George Ford start in the half-backs, in what will be the Irishman's final appearance for the Club. It will also be the last time loosehead prop Paul James runs out in the Blue, Black and White, as the Welshman packs down in the front row with hooker Ross Batty and tighthead David Wilson.

      Captain Stuart Hooper and Dave Attwood are named in the second row. Sam Burgess, Francois Louw and Leroy Houston continue in the back row.

      "Following our performance in the semi-final we thought about making changes, but it's hard to change a winning line-up," said Head Coach Mike Ford. "We've made sure that nothing changes this week, especially in how we have approached the game. It's a hugely exciting day for everyone involved in the Club, and we're really looking forward to getting out onto the turf at Twickenham against very good opposition."

      Bath Rugby team to face Saracens

      15 Anthony Watson
      14 Semesa Rokoduguni
      13 Jonathan Joseph
      12 Kyle Eastmond
      11 Matt Banahan
      10 George Ford
      9 Peter Stringer
      1 Paul James
      2 Ross Batty
      3 David Wilson
      4 Stuart Hooper (c)
      5 Dave Attwood
      6 Sam Burgess
      7 Francois Louw 
      8 Leroy Houston

      Replacements

      16 Rob Webber
      17 Nick Auterac
      18 Henry Thomas
      19 Dominic Day
      20 Matt Garvey
      21 Carl Fearns
      22 Chris Cook 
      23 Ollie Devoto

    • Bath Rugby into Aviva Premiership Final with seven-try win against Tigers

      Bath Rugby survived going down to 13 men at one point to run away with a 47-10 victory against Leicester Tigers - one which takes them to their first Aviva Premiership Final since 2004.

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      The home side were quick to score. Shortly after the kick-off, Semesa Rokoduguni was obstructed in the process of taking a high ball. George Ford kicked the penalty on halfway to touch on Tigers' 22. Bath won the lineout and, when Jonathan Joseph spotted a gap, he glided through it and passed to Matt Banahan for the try. Ford took a fantastic touchline kick to make the conversion and the score 7-0.

      Tigers ten Freddie Burns registered his side's first points of the match on 24 minutes with a penalty kick. Bath's response was sudden: winning the ball back at the restart, Francois Louw and Ross Batty did the damage at close quarters and then some delicate passing from Ford and Joseph put Banahan in for his second. Ford struck an identical touchline conversion to his first one to take it to 14-3.

      The crowd then truly reached fever pitch when Rokoduguni rounded his opposite number on halfway, then chipped the Leicester fullback. Kyle Eastmond, sensing something was on, sprinted in support and received a generous bounce to score the try, converted by Ford. 21-3.

      Bath found themselves down to 13 men with over ten minutes remaining in the first half. Despite heroic defence, including stifling the Tigers' renowned maul, the personnel deficit eventually told when Tigers hooker Tom Youngs dived over for their first try of the match, converted by Burns. 

      The teams went into half time with the home side taking a ten-point lead.

      Half time: Bath Rugby 21-10 Leicester Tigers

      While the first half of the match will be remembered for three well-worked tries from Bath, the second started as a tale of gutsy defensive work from the home side (and, of course, some relentless carrying from Tigers). 

      Nearing the final quarter, it was as if Bath had bided their time enough. Carl Fearns, on at six as a replacement, made the initial break in Tigers' half. Francois Louw came in support and took the ball further upfield, before passing to Peter Stringer who finished off the rousing passage of play. Ford made it 28-10 with his conversion. 

      The game was put to bed a matter of minutes later, when Rokoduguni made a break up the blindside, drew his man and fed the ball to Ford, who dived over in the right-hand corner for his second Premiership try of the season. He was unable to convert his own try, but the damage was already done at 33-10.

      It is hard to believe that there was more to come, but that was indeed the case, with Watson making a bamboozling run into the heart of the Tigers defence and feeding Banahan for the Jerseyman's hat-trick, which Ford converted. 40-10. 

      There was time for one last try - and this one just as good as the others - when Watson went over for himself, showing too much pace for the Tigers defence to react in time and scoring under the posts. Ford ensured that the last act of the match was his conversion against his former side. 47-10.

      With that done, Bath march on to a Premiership final at Twickenham against the other semi-final victors, Saracens. 

      Full time: Bath Rugby 47-10 Leicester Tigers

       

    • Team News: Eastmond and Hooper back for Bath Rugby

      Bath Rugby are boosted by the return from injury of key players for tomorrow night's match against London Irish at the Rec, kick-off 19.45.

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      Captain Stuart Hooper and inside centre Kyle Eastmond have both recovered to take part in the Club's penultimate home match of the regular season. 

      Paul James, Rob Webber and Kane Palma-Newport make up the front row, with Hooper and Dominic Day in the second row. Meanwhile, Sam Burgess starts his second Aviva Premiership match at blindside flanker, with openside Francois Louw and number eight Leroy Houston alongside him. 

      Peter Stringer and George Ford are named in the half-backs, and starting in the midfield for the 16th match this season are dynamic duo Eastmond and Jonathan Joseph. 

      Bath's back three of fullback Anthony Watson and wings Semesa Rokoduguni and Matt Banahan - all of whom scored in Bath's last outing, the 19-29 victory against Newcastle Falcons - will be looking to continue their fine form tomorrow night. 

      Bath Rugby team to face London Irish

      15 Anthony Watson
      14 Semesa Rokoduguni
      13 Jonathan Joseph
      12 Kyle Eastmond
      11 Matt Banahan
      10 George Ford
      9 Peter Stringer
      1 Paul James
      2 Rob Webber
      3 Kane Palma-Newport
      4 Stuart Hooper (c)
      5 Dominic Day
      6 Sam Burgess
      7 Francois Louw
      8 Leroy Houston

      Replacements

      16 Ross Batty
      17 Nick Auterac
      18 Max Lahiff
      19 Dave Attwood
      20 Matt Garvey
      21 Carl Fearns
      22 Chris Cook
      23 Ollie Devoto 

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The ultimate aim of the Junior Membership Club is to inspire more children to lead fitter, healthier and more active lifestyles. We have set up an initiative called the ‘Children’s Challenge’ which is a set of fitness games created by the players aimed at girls and boys aged up to 15 years.

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