Duo secure Player Sponsorship

Bath Rugby League duo Shai Bonnick & Connor Breen secure new Player Sponsorship for the 2018 season from Trowbridge based company Lawes Steel Fabrication LTD.

Professional, local steel fabricating business with a fast turn around. Find out more details at https://m.facebook.com/LawesSteelFabricaton/

The Club would like to thank Lowe’s Steel Fabrication for their support and look forward to working with them in the future.

There are still lots of ways to get involved with Bath Rugby League – contact us at info@bathrugbyleague.co.uk

Bath lose in tough battle to Cheltenham Phoenix

Bath Rugby League welcomed Cheltenham Phoenix to Oakfields on Saturday in the first round of the Championship Fives, the sides hadn’t met before but like Bath the visitors had held their own in a very tough Pool Group with the All Golds, Forest Bulldogs & Swindon St. George ‘A’.

The home side were still searching for their first win of the season following many close battles with some of the top teams within The West of England league and had prepared well during the week.

It was Bath who were on the scoreboard first after a fantastic set which saw Hooker Luc Thomas score in the corner, unfortunately the kick just going wide. It was only a few minutes later that Bath scored there second of the day when Prop Brandon Ball crashed through multiple would be defenders to cross over the line, this time Leigh Wheatley adding the extras.

The home side were able to pin Cheltenham deep into their own 20 following good sets and accurate kicking from the halves.

The visitors always looked threatening when they had ball in hand and caught the defence napping from a scrum which lead to Cheltenham first try of the day, which was duly converted.

Winger Steven Grant looked to have dotted down in the corner following a kick through from Wheatley but was deemed to have knocked out of play.

With a scheduled water break at the 20 min marker (due to the extremely hot day) Bath attacked again with Half Back Connor Breen darting through the defensive line to score under the posts, Wheatley adding the kick.

The well needed water break gave Cheltenham Phoenix a much needed rest bite and with that came out firing after the 20 minute marker taking control of the remainder of the half crossing 3 times with all kicks being successful and now holding onto a narrow lead going into the half time break.

Half Time: Bath Rugby League 22-24 Cheltenham Phoenix

Bath came out well in the second and it didn’t take long before the side were able to get themselves into good field position, where Jack Williams found himself crossing over after bursting through the tackles. Although Cheltenham replied to this shortly after with a converted try of their own.

Bath were able to soak up the next set of plays and it was on the return set Kieran Harvey was able to get himself across the line with Breenadding the kick from wide. With the next few sets of play being held in the centre of the pitch it was Cheltenham who next scored with a break wide, the kick being added.

It was a tight contest in the run up to the next water break but Winger Grant was able to latch onto a wide pass from Centre Mike Rutt to dive into the corner. However the yo-yo’ing of tries between the two sides hadn’t stopped and the visitors were next on the scorecard adding another 3 tries before Bath answered with Second Row Connor MacPherson finding the gap to cross over, Connor Breen kicking well added the extras. Unfortunately time was running out for Bath to make up for the earlier lapses and the final whistle was blown.

Full Time:  Bath Rugby League 42-60 Cheltenham Phoenix

This Saturday Bath travel to Southampton Spitfire in Round 2 of the Championship Fives hoping to make up for the loss and put in a solid 80min fixture. The last time the two sides met Bath came out eventual winners at home but know that a trip to Southampton is always never an easy fixture.

If you are interested in playing, sponsoring, partnering or getting involved with the club in other way please contact Chris tel: 07810 552196 or email: info@bathrugbyleague.co.uk – The club train at Avonvale RFC in Bath, training nights have now moved to Monday’s 7pm

The club work in partnership with York City Knights who play in League 1 so have the opportunity to offer players a pathway into the professional game.

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Bat RL announce strategic partnership with Salters Garage

A club spokesperson said, “They have supported us from the very beginning of the club last season and have come with us on a continuous improvement journey, so it made perfect sense to develop this partnership. Salters Garage become the clubs first strategic partner. We are keen to develop partnerships with other organisations too, if you are interested in exploring opportunities please get in touch.

I think sometimes we forget the club is only in its second season and has already come a long way. We are always looking for people and organisation who can help us achieve our medium to long term goals working in partnership.”

To find out more about Salters Garage visit: http://www.saltersgarage.com/

Bath defeated in another close contest with Vikings

On Saturday 16th June Bath Rugby League travelled away to Somerset Vikings who play their home fixtures at Hornets RFC, Weston a very attractive ground with a synthetic pitch. These pitches can sometimes be unforgiving to players though as Bath picked up a number of injuries and leg grazes.

The coaching staff had a challenge in picking the team as they had a number of players missing due to commitments to a number of teams participating in Frome 7s the same day. However, Bath possibly had one of the strongest 13 starting squad they have had all season and started with a bang with former Bristol Rugby player on debut for Bath, James Hall going over out wide successfully converted by Huw Parks who was also having his first run out of the season after returning from Australia. Somerset reacted quickly and it was soon 6-6. Bath were playing expansive Rugby and it wasn’t long before the ball was swung wide for another new signing Tom Hill to go over in the corner. Parks was unable to convert this one so the score remained 10-6 to Bath, but again Somerset scored a converted try to go ahead 12-10. Bath had the last word in the first half with Huw Parks going over for a typical hookers try to go in at half-time 14-12 ahead after missing the conversion.

At the opening of the second half Bath were beginning to tire due to a lack of fresh legs with Somerset going in for two successive tries with one converted taking the score to 22-14 in their favour. Huw Parks scooted in for another typical hookers try this time going in near the sticks, this time successfully converting his own try taking the scores to Somerset 22, Bath 20 with all to play for. Again, Somerset hit back with a converted try for them to go 8 ahead, Somerset 28, Bath 20. Bath still had the desire to recover with another debutant Ryan Goodman storming through the defence from 30 metres out, Huw Parks was on target with the boot this time to bring the score back to Somerset 28, Bath 26. Bath were beginning to have a number of players going down injured and had to play with less players on the pitch than Somerset so it was almost inevitable they would score again and did so to take the score to Bath 26, Somerset 32. The next play Somerset were given a penalty, but to everyone’s surprise including some of the Somerset players they elected to kick for goal 5 metres out when they had 13 players against Bath’s 10. Shortly after this Huw Parks went down with a head injury and the senior therapist called the game off on medical grounds due to the volume of injuries with 9 minutes to go.

Matt Bodey, Assistant Coach, commented regarding the performance, “For a weekend where we knew we would struggle for depth, I was really impressed with the performance that the guys put in. Leading at half time against the team top of the pool is something we can be proud of and really work from, even though injuries did get the better of us and we had to call the game off”.

A club spokesperson said, “With the Pool rounds coming to an end Bath RL will now look forward to the Championship 6’s where they will compete against other teams from across the West of England Division hoping to cap off the season with some silverware.”

Bath suffer friendly defeat to St Albans Centurions

On Saturday 2nd June Bath Rugby League utilised the free week to play a cross league friendly fixture against St. Albans Centurions at the neutral of Oxford RFC to reduce travel time for both clubs.


It ended in a heavy 60-4 defeat for Bath but the majority of the match day squad were playing their first few games in the sport. Of the game, Matt Bodey, Bath Rugby League, Assistant Coach, said “The guys playing on Saturday showed a huge amount of grit against the seasoned St Albans side.

Whilst it was a tough loss, there were a couple of really strong individual plays and performances, and there are undoubtedly positives to be taken from the game”. Steven Grant scored Bath Rugby League’s solo try of the day on his seasoned debut which was a great individual effort but was unable to convert his own try, but it was 16 year old Joe Wildman who was given the man of the match for his defensive and offensive efforts which were notable throughout the game, almost scoring a runaway try himself.

The club now look forward to getting back into league action with a home encounter against Swindon St George at their new home of Oakfields, Melksham RFC, kick off 2.30pm Saturday 9th June 2018. Looking ahead to the Swindon fixture, Assistant coach, Bodey, commented, “After a tense away fixture against Swindon earlier in the season, we will be looking to go one better and get the win against a strong side at home this weekend”

A club spokesperson commented, “Melksham is a great venue to watch Rugby League and I would encourage anyone from across the Bath and surrounding area to come and experience this all action sport.”

Training continues at Avonvale RFC in Bath on Thursday’s at 7pm. The club have the ambition of setting up a development side this season to feed the 1st team and really keen to welcome more prospective players to the club.

Sully gains player sponsorship for 2018 season…

Recent signing Rob Sully gains player sponsorship from AC Auto Air Con.

We are a mobile air conditioning regas and recharge service which operated within the Wiltshire area.

Our business has been running since 2009, and both engineers are fully qualified with the  Automotive Refrigerant Handling (to current regulation 307/2008)

We specialise in all makes and models of cars, vans, lorries and tractors.

we are available seven days a week and will come to you at home or work, at your convenience.



For more details visit www.acautoaircon.co.uk/

Player Sponsorship for Prop Ball

Bath Rugby League Prop Brandon Ball has secured player sponsorship for the 2018 season.

Based in Bristol Elite Tyre & Autocare have years of experience in the motor industry. We have two depots one in Thornbury and the other in Yate, both of which are fully equipped with the latest technology.


We supply and fit all well known brands of tyres including Roadstone, Michelin, Pirelli, Goodyear, Dunlop, Primewell and Bridgestone – all at extremely competitive prices. Our services also include vehicle repairs and servicing. Please contact us for a FREE no obligation quote.

Visit https://www.elitetyreandautocare.co.uk/   for more information.

Hooker Luc Thomas secures Player Sponsorship for 2018

New signing Luc Thomas has secured Player Sponsorship for the 2018 season

C2C Fitness offers personal training at our fitness studio or at your home or place of work. We also offer Sports Massage Therapy in South Wales as well as London.

We offer Dry Needling as part of the massage therapy in Wales and Hot Stone Massage as an alternative.

In addition, Ruth one of our trainers offers Pilates Classes at venues across South Wales.

Let us help you achieve your fitness goals. For more details visit: http://www.c2cfitness.co.uk/

Bath Rugby League agree to play home fixtures at Melksham’s Oakfields for 2018

Bath Rugby League have gone through some changes during the close season in terms of their training base and playing venue. After playing at Chippenham RFC in 2017, they have switched to Melksham RFC for 2018 home fixtures and training at Avonvale RFC in Bath, Thursday evenings from 7pm currently.

Chris Chatten, Club Coordinator said “I would like to thank Chairman of Melksham RFC Pat Holtom for his support in facilitating this arrangement and making it possible. Pat and his team at Melksham have been really accommodating and helpful in bringing League to the excellent facilities which they have. I would also like to thank Martin Bath, Chairman of Avonvale RFC and Kevin Moggridge for their support in allowing us to train at their facilities, which is very welcomed.

I would also like to thank members of Chippenham RFC which was excellent for the club in 2017. I would particularly like to thank secretary Phil Read and Grounds Chairman John Beacham for going the extra mile to give Bath Rugby League a great experience at the venue. Chippenham is a great place to play Rugby League for lots of reason, and would certainly not rule out playing Rugby League fixtures there again. I believe Melksham is also a great facility from lots of perspectives and should give us the stability we need in 2018.”

The club are also keen to develop arrangements with other facilities across the Bath and surrounding area. If your club would like to host a Rugby League fixture please get in touch.

On Saturday 26th May Bath Rugby League utilised the free week to take part in Westbury 10’s, with a large percentage of the squad unavailable due to the bank holiday weekend, Bath finished a creditable 5th out of 9 teams taking part in the men’s event.

The club now look forward to getting back into Rugby League action with an away trip to Cardiff (Blue Dragons) on Saturday 2nd June 2018. Training continues at Avonvale RFC in Bath on Thursday’s at 7pm. The club have the ambition of setting up a development side this season to feed the 1st team and really keen to welcome more prospective players to the club. The Cardiff game is an ideal opportunity to get involved as a friendly fixture where everyone will get a game and can try out in different positions.