Bath Rugby visits Thatchers Cider

22 September 2011

Bath Rugby players visited Myrtle Farm, home of the Club's new sponsor Thatchers Cider, to see the apple harvest in full swing.

Club captain Stuart Hooper, along with fellow players Mark McMillan and Nathan Catt, as well as first team coach and former Bath and England player Martin Haag, visited the cider farm in Sandford on Wednesday (September 21st).

After a welcome by Martin Thatcher, managing director and fourth generation cider maker at Thatchers, the players saw for themselves how a pint of Thatchers Gold gets from orchard to glass.

Following a tour of the apple orchard they were also shown around the mill and press, stopping off to meet and talk to company staff.

Martin Thatcher says: "The players saw Thatchers in full swing, as apples are currently arriving by the trailer load not just from our own orchards, but from our growers throughout the West Country.

"September is always one of our busiest times of the year – as it is for the Bath Rugby with the season getting underway, so we are delighted the players were able to take time out of their training schedule to learn a little more about the heritage of Thatchers Cider."

Stuart Hooper, Bath Rugby Club captain, says: "It was great to have the chance to visit the cider farm at Thatchers, looking around the orchards, meeting the guys who make the magic happen and then seeing the process of turning the apples into a lovely pint of Somerset cider.

"Thatchers has been a great sponsor of Bath Rugby since they came on board with the Club and we're all looking forward to growing this relationship and moving forward together."

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