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XtraTime's Stars of the Future 2017: Rugby and Harry Cochrane

Create: 02/24/2017 - 00:00

Matt Banahan proved it was possible for a Jerseyman to make the grade during a decade with Bath Rugby. Now a young scrum-half at Hartpury is bidding to follow in his fellow islanders' footsteps by winning a professional deal.

Having won a series of honours during his sports performance degree studies in Gloucestershire Harry Cochrane has the chance to cap off his final year in style, with the college setting the pace in major national and university competitions. Harry says:

Grounds for optimism? What is the state of play with the West Country's top football and rugby clubs

Create: 02/22/2017 - 00:00

Desiring a new stadium and achieving it as many of our Westcountry clubs  have found is far from the same thing. We take a quick look at the regional state of play.

With the Supporters' Society becoming the biggest shareholder in 2016 there is a continuing debate about whether the club should redevelop Twerton Park or continue to look for a new ground in Bath.

What does a good stadium look like? Matthew Birchall of BuroHappold gives his expert view

Create: 02/20/2017 - 00:00

If football and rugby stadiums were advertised by estate agents then the property descriptions for the West Country could range from ‘bijou, modern, experimental design’, to ‘rather dilapidated, in need of some refurbishment’.

Suffice it to say that virtually all of the region's professional clubs either now play home matches at, or plan to in the near future, new or redesigned grounds. 

Moody on Jones

Create: 12/16/2016 - 17:38

"World Cup winner Lewis Moody, who now lives in Bradford on Avon following a career that saw him win 21 caps and skipper his country, looks at the difference that Eddy Jones has made to Engalnd.

Wales stars Luke Charteris and Taulupe Faletau confident of Bath Rugby success in European Challenge Cup

Create: 10/14/2016 - 10:23
After a strong start to the domestic season, Bath Rugby take a break from their Premiership exertions as they begin their quest for European glory in this season’s Challenge Cup with a trip to France to play Pau on Saturday night. 
Having finished ninth last season and therefore failing to qualify for the Champions Cup, new coaches Todd Blackadder and Tabai Matson will be looking for their new side to gain momentum and push for silverware in a competition which may well register highly on their list of priorities.  

Guy Mercer: Bath Rugby's club captain hails impact of coaches Todd Blackadder and Tabai Matson

Create: 10/01/2016 - 01:00

New Bath Rugby skipper Guy Mercer may have had to bide his time at the start of the season on the playing side, but the flanker is keen to hit the ground running as his hometown club's new leader

Four wins out of five in the Aviva Premiership, and once again all is looking good at Bath Rugby.
Under new coaches Todd Blackadder and Tabai Matson, as well as new faces including Welsh internationals Luke Charteris and Taulupe Faletau, the Rec faithful will be happy to see the club back on the right track following a wretched 2015/16 season.

University of Bath and Hartpury College to compete in inaugural BUCS Super Rugby league

Create: 09/19/2016 - 16:56
The University of Bath and Hartpury College will compete in a new, eight-team BUCS Super Rugby league that features the top rugby-playing higher-education institutions in England and Wales.
Organised by BUCS [British Universities and Colleges Sport] and supported by the Rugby Football Union and the Welsh Rugby Union, the competition has been designed to raise the profile of university rugby, progress the level of performance to National League standard and establish a pathway to elite and professional rugby.


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