Heritage Number 17. Lewis Atkinson

Lewis was a regular in our side during the 2017 debut season, always giving 100% and a positive motivator of the group. He was nicknamed ‘Mini-Tank’ as he also played alongside Ryan ‘Tank’ Willcox both as you have guessed if you don’t know them are out and out props.

For the last couple of years Lewis has been living abroad in Brunei, and has also made his International debut for their union side, we are sure this was a fantastic experience read more about it on our website:

http://bathrugbyleague.co.uk/exiled-bath-rugby-league-player-playing-rugby-in-brunei/

Lewis has been a successful convert to Rugby League from local union club Corsham RFC and during his time exiled from the UK he has kept in touch with us and played for us on a home visit last year during our successful Westbury RFC 10s tournament where we finished as finalists after beating eventual winners in the group stages. Here is what Lewis had to say about his time with the club:

“I started off my Rugby League career back in 2016 and followed the likes of Tom Plance, Jim Norxt, Tom Thomas Takahiro Culshaw and Stevan Randall over to Bath Rugby League when the club first formed.

Playing for Bath Rugby League with the numerous highly talented individuals has grown my love for the sport even more and helped me to improve in my overall rugby skills. The match I played with Bath vs Oxford Cavaliers which ended in a 34-32 win will always stick in my mind as it was by far one of the most challenging and fun game I have been involved in. Setting up the winning try is always a bonus also 😉 and completing Steven Grant hat trick.

Even though I haven’t been able to play for the club in the last few years I am really looking forward to running back onto the pitch with the lads at Bath Rugby League and hopefully win some more silverware!”

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Heritage Number 16. Stevan Randall

Randall is another player who has been at the club from the start. He told us he only started playing Rugby from the age of 30, prior to this he played football, and was probably 35/36 when he made his Rugby League debut.

He was appointed vice-captain for the inaugural season by Captain Tom Plance with an exciting squad of young guns. When Tom left to join the military Randall was appointed team captain ahead of the 2018 when the club finished as West of England Championship Final winners.

Randall is a utility forward having featured at prop, second row and loose forward. He scores a few tries both for the club and for the West of England representative squad with good go forward. He has played for the West of England several times probably one of the most memorable played at his Rugby Union club Frome Rugby Football Club against South West Universities squad featuring several semi-professional players.

We did ask Randall for a comment, but he said you know how much I love the club!

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Heritage Number 15. Tom Culshaw

Tom ‘Culsh’ is another one of the longest serving players at the club. A well known and respected member of the local Rugby community. He rarely misses a game and always gives a 100% consistent performance, making tackles and good go forward in attack.

Tom’s main position is a second row, he can also fill in at centre/wing when required for the benefit of the team. He has a fantastic dry sense of humour, we also understand he has put himself forward as a local election candidate, vote Culshaw!

Tom commented about his time with the club:

“I sort of stumble across Bath Rugby League by accident. It seems to be one of the west counties best kept secret. It’s been great for me I love playing rugby, and in the union off season I’m bored witless looking for something to do, and a mate of mine said “Tom I’m going to Rugby League training for Bath tonight you want to come?” I thought yeah sounds like a great laugh and never looked back from that.

I’ve been very fortunate that I joined the club really early on so have been able to be there as it has grown. I’ve loved being apart of it as it’s developed. I think one of the most important things is when we as a club secured a qualifed coach with a Rugby League background (Matt Bodey). I love the game and passion can take you so far but it’s been great to have someone with that knowledge to develop you has a player and to help your understanding of the game and your skill set to grow. That has given us a great platform to build off.

One of the great positives playing Rugby League for Bath is it has given me is access to play Rugby League at a higher level. I’ve been lucky enough to be invited several times to train with and trial for the West of England side and play against several other regions in the South. It’s been really good as well that other players in our squad have been able to play up a level again and play for the Southern England Lionshearts team, and for me personally, it’s great to have that access to play at a higher level against good teams. I always want to be able to push myself and be the best player i can be and it’s been great that i can keep developing as a Rugby League player with Bath to be able to do that.”

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Heritage Number 14. James Noott

James ‘Nootty’ is one of the longest serving players at the club and has been there from the start. A passionate advocate for the club and the sport.

He started his Rugby League career as a Winger and his first try was the highlight of a challenging encounter away at Portsmouth (courtesy of a Leigh Wheatley kick to the corner), towards the end of the 2017 inaugural season. His game has certainly improved and developed over the last couple of years aided by a positional change to Centre, fantastic commitment to training and great coaching from Matt Bodey.

Nootty is a sociable member of the group and helps everyone with their punctuation as an English Teacher. Due to his profession he also qualifies for Great Britain Teachers Rugby League, prior to lockdown he was training with them but Covid 19 put a stop to any opportunity to play for them at the moment.

James commented about his time with the club:

“I came across the sport through two other Bath RL players Tom Culshaw and Lewis Atkinson, we were all playing together at the same union club at that time. I quickly took a liking to the game and what the club was trying to offer. Being one of two original members that are still involved with the club, it’s been brilliant to see the growth of the club.

We’ve taken a real opportunity to reflect in Lockdown, our identity, values and ethos have really been established. I think we have a good core group of players. The club are there for one another and there’s a real appetite for rugby league to grow in the area and for further on field success with the club. We are blessed with some excellent people both on and off the field. A number of players like myself have had the opportunity to trial and play representative rugby. This is down to the mindset of the players, our chairman (Chris) Chatten, our brilliant coach (Matt) Bodey and people like Richard May who really add value off the field. I’d recommend the sport to anyone.

We are a great bunch and do a brilliant job of helping people feel part of the team. The opportunities for semi professional and beyond really are there in RL. Get in touch and pop along to training. We are going places. We are growing. We are Bath RL #greatpeople”.

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Heritage Number 13. Ed Tait

Ed was one of several University of Bath Rugby League players to join the club under the guidance of inaugural captain Tom Plance. They were an exciting group of players. Ed started at loose forward and has the ability to play across the forward pack, he was also selected for Rugby League Ireland Students.

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Heritage Number 12. Rob Fox

Rob travelled down from the North with brother James as an experienced Rugby League player to help the majority of the squad transition from playing Rugby Union in the inaugural season. Rob played in the Second Row and at Loose Forward, solid in defence and always made good ground going forward in attack. He is not a bad Rugby Union player either and had recently been playing for Castleford RUFC.

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Heritage Number 11. Luke Dobson

Luke was one of several players who joined the club from Trowbridge Rugby Football Club ahead of the inaugural season. He was a regular fixture in the 2017 squad, primarily featuring in the Second Row, but also filled in at Prop and Loose Forward from time to time. As a young lad Luke fronted up well playing against more experienced players.

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Heritage Number 10. Henry Beer

Henners joined the club in the week leading upto the first game, he looked like a strong solid unit that could do well at Rugby League having previously been playing Rugby Union locally for Trowbridge Rugby Football Club. It wasn’t long before he made friends at the club, and appeared to particularly enjoy the games he played in the forwards with Rob Fox. He enjoys driving the ball in and makes some good yards. A sociable member of the group it wasn’t long before he represented the West of England and also gained rep honours while at university playing for the South West and South of England University Rugby League rep squad. He has more recently played union locally at Colerne Rugby Club.

We think he could be a lookalike for Warrington Wolves and Great Britain Rugby League forward Joe Philbin, what do you think? 😉

Henners commented about his time with Bath Rugby League:

“I was approached by Chris (Chatten) and some of the players at Bath Rugby league most notably Big Jay (Patterson). 😂

They informed me about league as I never given it a thought until Bath gave me the opportunity. It was so quick how I fell in love with the sport with such a welcoming feel at the club I felt at home & my love for the game instantly started, I enjoyed the hard running the big hits the fast pace and with a club as helpful and encouraging as Bath I made some great mates for life, shout out my old captain Plancey (Tom Plance)!It was a great place to start my Rugby league career. Thank you all ❤️

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Heritage Number 9. Rex Boulter

Rex scored a hat trick of tries in the inaugural fixture against Bristol Sonics, Rex is quick off the mark and enjoys attacking the defensive line, played hooker in this game but can also play either half back position. He is from the London area, also playing the sport for University of Bath Rugby League getting representative honours for University Rugby League (South West) and Ireland Student Rugby League during his time at University in Bath.

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Heritage Number 8. Jay Patterson

Jay was described as the ‘local Jonah Lomu’ after his first game of Rugby League coming off the bench and scoring 3 tries in 15 minutes, started his Rugby League career on the wing, but he has also played in the forwards at prop and second row. He is a strong runner with the ball in hand and also has the ability to execute some car crash tackles from time to time. His size can be intimidating but nice guy off the field. Jay also plays Rugby Union locally with Trowbridge Rugby Football Club.

Jay commented about his time with Bath Rugby League:

“Thoroughly enjoy my time with Bath RL. Made some good friends and all the lads gave it a good crack. Hats off to Chris Chatten, he really made things happen for Bath and doesn’t get enough credit. I look forward to pulling the kit on again soon and getting stuck in. Had some great highs with the club and not many lows. Very proud to have played for the club and its always had a great atmosphere”

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