Do you know Sam Pascoe?

First memory of rugby?

My first memory of rugby would have been rugby union in secondary school playing with Clarendon Academy. I played through school with Elliot who now plays for bath rugby league also.

Debut for Any club?

My senior debut was with Westbury RFC, I started playing senior rugby as a blindside flanker until I moved clubs; then I played prop. My Debut for Bath Rugby league was against Reading Raiders, I came on from the bench and didn’t really know what to expect. Rugby League wasn’t as tough as I had first thought but way more so than Union, I scored a try and played moderately well seeing as I didn’t really know any of the boys like I do now.

What advise would you give someone getting into Rugby League?

Just do it, go to your local club and try it out. I guarantee you’ll have great fun.

Have you always wanted to become a rugby league player?

Not Really ever thought of it, I’ve always played rugby from age 11 upwards but didn’t really know about rugby league until last year (2019) but yeah now I have played It I’m happy I went to Westbury 10’s and met Chris and the boys.

What’s been your favourite memory in your career so far?

Going to London 9’s and doing better than expected there, hopefully we can play there this year. And just playing every weekend is good.

Are you into any other sports?

Yeah, got a downhill mountain bike. I do that with my brother and our mates. Watch the occasional strongman if it’s on tv.

Favourite music?


Favourite food?

Main- Sausage mash and onion gravy with cabbage Dessert- blueberry cheesecake

Least favourite food?

Mushrooms are disgusting

Favourite hobbies?

Probably mountain biking and playing the Xbox

Favourite places to travel?

I haven’t travelled much but would like to see America and Canada

If you were stuck on a desert island with one other bath player who would it be?

Tom Culshaw. He could build us something to get to food.

If you were stuck on a desert island which item would you choose to have?

Wood and nails. For Tom to build the boat/raft.

Bath Rugby League Partnerships Packages 2020

Bath Rugby League are currently competing in the West of England League and travel all over the South West of the country to play fixtures. The club is highly ambitious and aim to progress up the Rugby League structure in the medium term.

The club would also like to establish an additional open age team in the near future to give more people the opportunity to play the sport along with youth development and a ladies squad.

Bath Rugby League are seeking partners for the 2020 season to come with us on an exciting journey, and would like your business to be part of the team. Take a look at some of the highlights from the past seasons, events and awards, and our involvement in local business and media.

How can you get involved and be part of this exciting, ever growing sport -click below to find out….

VACANCY – Assistant Coach

The club are seeking a volunteer Assistant Coach ahead of the 2020 season 

Bath Rugby League are about to embark upon their 4th season in 2020 and want to give everyone in the area the opportunity to Rugby League and are on a journey to grow the game in the locality.

We would like to hear from people who have a passion and desire to grow the sport in the locality, developing themselves and a group of people.

This role will be supported primarily by the Head Coach (Matthew Bodey) and Club Coordinator.

There are many benefits to getting involved and volunteering with Bath Rugby League. They include:

  • Having the opportunity to shape new areas of planning and delivery over the short and long term.
  • Meeting and communicating with people that have similar interests and share common goals.
  • Seeing a sport flourish under your tenure.

The successful candidate should be based in and around the Bath area and/or ability to travel into the Bath area during the course of pre-season and league season.

For more details on the role see the below Role Profile:

Assistant Coach – Role Profile (Bath Rugby League)

For any further Information: please email Chris Chatten, Club Coordinator at

Apply: email with cover letter, detailing skills, experiences and what you would bring to the role plus CV to: Chris at

Closing Date for applications: Friday 28th February at 5pm

2019 Club Awards


The club held their awards night yesterday evening, great time was had by all, round various establishments in Bath City Centre.

The winners were from left to right:

Morgan Lewis – Most Improved Player
James Noott – Captains Player
Brandon Ball – Coaches Player
Ben ‘The Shed’ Shedwick – Players Player
Hugo Cole – King of Malcolms
Chris Chatten – Unsung Hero

Head Coach Matthew Bodey not in the picture was given the Man of Steel award.

Bath finish season with home win

Bath racked up their highest score of the season with a 106 to 16 victory against local rivals Swindon St. George. The club would like to thank Swindon St George for coming over for the game and battling for the full 80 minutes and genuinely troubling Bath with some of their attacking plays. However, apart from a Swindon try before half time and the period just after half time it was largely one way traffic. Bath showed that on their day they can be a match for any team in the league.

Bath scorers:

Tries: Ben Thyer 6, Cam Taylor 3, Connor McPherson 2, Jake Brookes, Brandon Ball 2, Scott Davis, Hugo Cole, Darrell Thompson 2, Jack Mcloughlin

Goals: Brandon Ball 14

Swindon scorers:

Tries: James Mason, Kieran Harvey, Paul Sidge

Goals: Ben Whincup, Paul Sidge

The season is not finished yet though as the club look forward to playing in the London 9s on Sunday 25th August 2019 the same weekend as the challenge cup final. There is a huge international flavour to the competition this year which should be an exciting prospect for players and fans alike.

A club spokesperson said “We will review how we might be able to increase the playing opportunities for players who want to improve and develop as Rugby League players both now and for next season, if you want to develop as a Rugby League player please get in touch we have an exciting group of players and people.”

Club officials have noticed an increased level of commitment and desire from the squad to play Rugby League this season, notably training twice per week mid season lead by enthusiastic Head Coach Matthew Bodey, while it is unfortunate not to make the finals day which club the did in 2018 beating Cheltenham Phoenix in the Championship Final there is huge potential to build on for the future.
Club officials would also encourage spectators or anyone who would like to watch a live Rugby League game to go along to finals day at Trowbridge RFC on Saturday 3rd August 2019 where the first game will kick off at 1pm, Cheltenham Phoenix v Oxford Cavaliers, the second game kicking off at 3pm Reading Raiders v Somerset Vikings
Please contact Chris Chatten on Mob: 07810 552196 or if you would like to partner/sponsor the club or indeed if you would like to play or get involved with Bath Rugby League in other ways. Further details regarding sponsorship/partnering opportunities can be found on the clubs website:

To find out more about the club access social media: @BathRugbyLeague @bathrugbyleague_

Bath secure home victory

It was a high scoring game at Oakfields, Melksham RFC on Saturday but Bath were good enough to get their first victory of the season with a 36-32 home win against Cheltenham Phoenix and will be hoping to use this win as a springboard to climb up the table.

Cheltenham got off the mark first with a converted try, but captain Ben Shedwick and George Frost went over for some quick fire tries, with Frost’s converted by half back Morgan Lewis, then blockbusting forward Brandon Ball went over out wide for a further unconverted try taking Bath to 14-6 ahead but Cheltenham managed to sneak a further converted try just before half time for a half time score of 14-12, a very narrow and nervous lead for Bath.

Bath stepped up a gear in the 3rd quarter in a game which was played in 4 quarters due to the warm weather. Ben Thyer making his seasoned debut was first on the score sheet in the second half making a break on half way and going in under the sticks, 20-12 to Bath with Morgan Lewis successful conversion. Shortly after this Ben Thyer made another break, before feeding back Kieran Broomsgrove for his first West of England League try again successful converted by Morgan Lewis, 26-12 to Bath. It looked like Bath could pull away at this point, but Cheltenham got another try back to stay in the game, 26-16. This time it was half back Morgan Lewis turn to make a break going over near the sticks for player-coach on this occasion Matt Bodey landing the conversion playing his first game of the season after a long injury lay off. Again Cheltenham came back into the game with two unconverted tries, 32-22 to Bath. Captain Ben Shedwick hoped he had made the game safe with the final Bath score of the game but Cheltenham kept the pressure on with two tries one of which converted for a nervy finish for Bath but they held out for victory.

A club spokesperson said “We are hoping the lads grow in confidence after this victory, and it is used as a building block to climb up the West of England League table and finish with a flourish, we need to focus on putting 9 or 10 out of 10 performances for the remainder of the season”

We look forward to Saturday with one of the longer trips of the season visiting Reading Raiders.

The club train on Monday’s currently at Odd Down Sports Centre in Bath at 7pm. Please contact Chris Chatten on Mob: 07810 552196 or if you would like to partner/sponsor the club or indeed if you would like to play or get involved with Bath Rugby League in other ways. Further details regarding sponsorship/partnering opportunities can be found on the clubs website:

To find out more about the club access social media: @BathRugbyLeague @bathrugbyleague

Photographs (Courtesy of Roger Rhymes & Giovanna Marino)

For further details please contact Chris Chatten on 07810 552196 or



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The club would like to thank Salters Garage for their support again in 2019 who have been associated with the club from the very beginning in the 2017 debut season and sponsoring a second player for 2019.

Tom ‘Culsh’ Culshaw epitomises the words effort and commitment to Rugby League in the area now into his 5th season as a Rugby League player. He will play wherever he is asked predominately as a second row but also had a few run outs on the wing last season, always making the hard yards and solid in defence. Tom showed his commitment to Rugby League last weekend by playing 7s for his union club but leaving just in time to ensure he did not miss our West of England League fixture at Cheltenham.

Rugby League can flourish in the area the more players that follow in Tom’s mantra to the sport. Tom is also a well know character in the local rugby union scene having played for several Wiltshire clubs but now seems to be settled at Bradford on Avon RFC, he is a fantastic clubman both for Bath and his union club.

Randall has been threatening to retire again this season but we hope this gives him the incentive to get back on the pitch when fully recovered from recent injury. He got the nickname ‘Spadie’ from his brother who thought his nose looked like it had been hit by a spade, it started off as Spadie gumdrops but got shortened to Spadie.

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Scott is another new player at the club first featuring in the successful Westbury 10s competition where the club finished as finalists, then made his West of England Rugby League debut at Somerset Vikings. In in his limited time playing Rugby League at the club he has been solid in defence and also prepared to make the hard yards in attack. We look forward to seeing more from Scott as a Rugby League player as the season progresses.

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Elliot joined the club a few weeks ago travelling over with the squad to our Somerset Vikings fixture, then had his first outing for the club at Frome 7s, before featuring in the West of England Rugby League fixture at Oxford Cavaliers in a challenging encounter. Elliot fronted up well putting in some strong tackles, in his short time with the club he has shown the passion and desire to improve and develop as a Rugby League player.

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The club first had discussions with Henry about playing Rugby League in our inaurgual 2017 when he was only 15 and had to wait until the 2018 when he was old enough to play as a 16 year old.

He grew as a player during the 2018 showing he could front up and really mix it in open age Rugby League having a strong physicality to get over the gain line. He has been a regular feature in 2019 with the ability to play across the forward pack.

Henry is a Bradford Bulls fan but we don’t hold that against him along with his dad Richard who also helps out on match days with whatever is required, they both clearly have a strong passion and enthusiasm for Rugby League, just the type of people we like to help grow the sport in what is still a highly ‘untapped’ area for the game, it could be huge.

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