Bath are one of the most decorated and well known clubs in English Rugby, having won the English Premiership 6 times and also having their names engraved on the Heineken Cup, the European Challenge Cup, and the Pilkington Cup on 10 occasions.
Founded in 1865 Bath play at ‘the Rec’ (the Recreation Ground), and play in a strip of blue, black and white. Their team colours mirror those of the Lansdown Cricket Club, where the Rugby Club has its origins, being founded by cricketers looking for something to do in the winter months. Interestingly, the superstitious club has frequently shunned the use of the number 13, with the team’s fullback often sporting the number 16 jersey, and the boxes in the old Teacher’s Stand at the Rec jumping in numbers from 12 to 14.
Bath made history in 1996 when they met Wigan, a team who had dominated English Rugby League over that period in much the same way Bath had been dominating the Rugby Union competition, in two consecutive games, the first using League rules, the second using those of Rugby Union. (for the record, Wigan won on aggregate)
With such a rich history it’s no surprise that some exceptional players are amongst the names to have graced Bath’s colours over the years, including Mike Tindall, Victor Ubogu, Jason Robinson, Henry Paul, Richard Hill, Jeremy Guscott, Steve Borthwick and Stuart Barnes, to name just a few.