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Bath Confirm That Head Coach Tabai Matson Has Stepped Down

BATH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Bath head coach Tabai Matson look before the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Newcastle Falcons at Recreation Ground on September 10, 2016 in Bath, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Bath have confirmed that coach Tabai Matson has resigned from his role as head coach and will be returning to New Zealand for family reasons. The 44-year-old arrived at the Rec last summer (along with director of rugby Todd Blackadder), guiding the club to fifth place in the Premiership and thus earning a spot in this season’s Champions Cup. In a …

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Bath Sign Kiwi Winger As Todd Blackadder’s Revolution Takes Hold

Northampton Saints v Bath Rugby - Aviva Premiership

Todd Blackadder has been rebuilding the Bath squad since taking charge. Since taking charge at Bath last summer, Todd Blackadder has wasted little time putting his own stamp on the squad. Already the former Crusaders coach has re-signed Leroy Houston and Shaun Knight on short term deals, and added fellow kiwi’s Robbie Fruean and Paul Grant to an increasingly cosmopolitan Bath squad. Blackadder’s revolution doesn’t appear …

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Bath Confirm Signing Of Former New Zealand Sevens Star

Bath DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Paul Grant of Otago makes a break during the round four Mitre 10 Cup match between Otago and Tasman at Forsyth Barr Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)

Bath have made a much improved start to this season, after winning three of their first four Premiership games, leaving them in third position. There is an air of confidence about The Rec, and the club have announced the signing of a new back-rower, Paul Grant from New Zealand. The former Montpellier star returned to New Zealand to play with …

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Bath Set To Move For Wallaby Centre After Signing Robbie Fruean

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Todd Blackadder, the Bath director of rugby catches the ball during the warm up during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Bath at Franklin's Gardens on September 3, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Todd Blackadder has wasted little time in putting his own stamp on the Bath squad. Although Bath may have not been in need of a compete rebuild following Mike Ford’s departure, their squad never really had a balanced feel to it last season. Under Ford, Bath seemed to be collecting quality backrow players, but failed to add depth to their …

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Bath Confirm Two New Signings

NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Robbie Fruean of Hawke's Bay tries to keep the ball in play during the round six Mitre 10 Cup match between the Hawke's Bay and Tasman at McLean Park on September 24, 2016 in Napier, New Zealand. (Photo by Kerry Marshall/Getty Images)

In a busy morning on the transfers front, Bath Rugby on Tuesday confirmed the signing of centre Robbie Fruean from Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand and tighthead prop Shaun Knight on loan from Newport Gwent Dragons.  Fruean, who will join at the completion of the Mitre 10 Cup competition in New Zealand, is a strong ball carrier with a highlight reel …

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5 Conclusions from Round 3 of the Aviva Premiership

BATH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Phil Dowson, Captain of Worcester Warriors is tackled by Dan Bowdan of Bath Rugby during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Worcester Warriors at Recreation Ground on September 17, 2016 in Bath, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Daniel Rey takes a look at five big talking points from the latest weekend of Aviva Premiership action. Blackadder’s Bath have resilience: 17-6 down at half-time, last year Bath would have struggled to recover. But not this term, as the West Country club convincingly won the second half 31-5 to claim the win and a bonus point against Worcester Warriors. …

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Andy Goode Column: The Teams I Expect To Lose Out In The Tightest Relegation Dog Fight We Have Ever Seen

Harlequins v Bristol - Aviva Premiership

Not only will the race for the play-off positions be massively competitive this season, but for those fighting to avoid the drop into the Championship, the coming campaign will be truly testing. In all, there are four or five teams who could potentially go down, with established sides such as Gloucester and Harlequins in danger of becoming entangled in the …

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George Ford Rumoured To Be Joining Premiership Rivals

Bath Rugby v London Welsh - Aviva Premiership

George Ford could leave Bath at the end of the season. When Bruce Craig took the decision to sack Mike Ford toward the end of last season, rumours surrounding the future of George circulated freely. The Bath Chronicle fuelled such speculation, stating that George Ford had signed a new contract last December on the understanding that his father would remain in …

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Experienced Wales Backrower A Major Doubt For Autumn Internationals

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 11: Taulupe Faletau of Wales scores the opening try during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Wales at Eden Park on June 11, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Wales and Bath No. 8 Taulupe Faletau is a big doubt for the start of Wales’ autumn internationals after a scan on his injured left knee revealed that he would be out of action for between six to eight weeks, according to Bath’s director of rugby, Todd Blackadder. The former Crusaders coach revealed after his side’s 58-5 demolition of Newcastle …

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Polota-Nau Headlines Host Of Super Rugby Players Linked With A Move To The Premiership

Tatafu Polota-Nau of the Wallabies

Wallabies and NSW Waratahs hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau headlines a host of Super Rugby players linked with a move to the Aviva Premiership with newly promoted Bristol reportedly interested in acquiring the 31-year-old forward. According to the Bristol Post, Polota-Nau has reportedly said his goodbyes to his Waratahs teammates, and is on the verge of signing for Andy Robinson’s side at the conclusion …

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Three Options Bath May Look To At Number 8

BATH, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Leroy Houston of Bath charges upfield during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Leicester Tigers at the Recreation Ground on May 7, 2016 in Bath, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Following Taulupe Faletau’s unfortunate injury in the early stages of his Aviva Premiership debut against Northampton at the weekend, 2015 finalists Bath will be looking for someone to plug the gap at the back of the scrum whilst the Welsh talisman recuperates. The obvious person to fill this void is Scotland back row Dave Denton and he will most likely …

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Bath And Wales Star Could Be Out For Some Time Following Debut Injury

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Taulupe Faletau of Bath is helped from the pitch during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Bath at Franklin's Gardens on September 3, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Just twelve minutes into his competitive debut for Bath, Taulupe Faletau suffered an injury that could keep him out of the black, white and blue jersey for some time. Before the game fans from all over the country were licking their lips at the prospect of the battle between French number eight and pure powerhouse Louis Picamoles and the consistent, …

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New Bath Director Of Rugby Compares George Ford To Dan Carter

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 06: George Ford of England celebrates his team's victory as the final whistle blows during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and England at Murrayfield Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Bath’s new Director Of Rugby Todd Blackadder has compared English fly-half George Ford to World Cup winning All Black outhalf Dan Carter at the launch of the Aviva Premiership at Twickenham on Thursday. Blackadder, who replaces former head coach Mike Ford, sacked in May after a ninth-placed league finish last season, leaves the Canterbury Crusaders where he held the position of head …

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