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Bath first team coach to join England set up

Neal Hatley talks to head coach Mike Ford Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Bath Rugby have confirmed first team coach Neal Hatley will join the England set up at the end of the season as their scrum coach.

It’s been a real privilege to have been part of Bath Rugby these past four years.

I’d like to thank my fellow coaches, players and staff for an unforgettable time, during which this team has reached some new heights. I’ll also never forget how great the Bath supporters have been, and I’m hoping we can give them more reason to cheer with two games remaining this season.

– Neal Hatley

I’d like to thank Bath Rugby for their understanding and allowing me to take up this fantastic opportunity. Being asked by Eddie Jones to be part of the national team’s coaching staff is a real honour, and a special moment for me and my family.

It's a very exciting time to be involved with this young England team and for the game in this country.

– Neal Hatley

Hatley joined Bath in 2012 and is widely regarded as one of the best forward coaches in the game.

He's described the move as a real honour, and a special moment for him and my family.

He will join the England setup at the end of the season.

England head coach, Eddie Jones Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA

England Head Coach Eddie Jones described his arrival as an "important appointment" as the Grand Slam winners prepare for June's three-match tour of Australia.

We’re delighted to have brought Neal into the coaching team. Successful English rugby teams have always had strong, powerful, dominant scrums.

Neal is an experienced coach and has impressed me with the work he has done in English rugby.

I’ve no doubt he is the type of character who will thrive in an international environment.

– Eddie Jones, England head coach

Bath Rugby triumph against Newcastle Falcons

Credit: ITV West Country

Bath took on Newcastle in the Premiership tonight. It was a tough game at the Rec, but the home side triumphed 21-19.

Semesa Rokoduguni scored two tries and was named man of the match.

The side needed to secure the win to gain ground on the Premiership top six and the Heineken Cup places.

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Approval for build at Bath Rugby's Rec

Plans to replace the West Stand at Bath Rugby's Rec went before council planners today. Credit: ITV West Country

Bath Rugby has received four-year planning consent for their stands at the Rec ground, including a new temporary West Stand and renewal of permissions for North, East and South Stands.

Plans to replace the West Stand at the Recreation ground were presented to council planners today (10 February). The club says the ageing wooden structure is no longer fit for purpose. Their dream is to build a temporary stand, which would give the ground 1,000 extra seats.

The consent will increase capacity at the Rec. Credit: ITV News
14,500
capacity at the Rec after the new development

MP for Bath, Ben Howlett has welcomed the news that the council has approved plans.

I am thrilled that the Council has at last granted permission for Bath Rugby Stadium to be expanded and I look forward to supporting Bath Rugby at the bigger stadium in the future.

The 1000 extra seats will make a real difference allowing even more Bath supporters to support the team.

– Ben Howlett

The temporary stands will be finished in 4 years time.

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