TOP BAR - Fixtures

Dave Attwood returns for crucial Bath Rugby run-in

Dave Attwood will make his long-awaited return from injury for Bath Rugby tonight and the lock insists there is much still to play for in the West Country.

Victory over Gloucester Rugby in the local derby last weekend at Kingsholm was Bath’s third in their last four in Aviva Premiership Rugby.

And with five games to come in their regular season – including a re-arranged double header against Sale Sharks – Attwood and co are still in with an outside chance of cracking the top six.

To do that they will need to beat league leaders Saracens at the Rec tonight and Attwood and the returning England internationals have arrived just in time.

The lock has been recovering from a neck injury for the last four months – he has not appeared since December – but is eager to make up for lost time.

“I am very excited to be back in the mix, it’s been a long old time in recovery with the rehab,” said Attwood.

“The last few weeks I have felt ready and been training with the boys but I can get that frustration out on Friday.

“But guys like Rhys, George, JJ and Anthony have come back and added a bit more fizz after such a great Six Nations with England.

“They are full of energy and that has been great to have around the place. Hopefully that can help us kick on.

"This season is not over for us – there are still things to play for.”

Qualification for the European Rugby Champions Cup next season is at the forefront of Bath’s mind – and the picture is complicated by the four remaining Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

But Attwood insists there are no calculators  to work out permutations just yet – instead the focus is very much on the here and now.

“Mathematically there are all sorts of possibilities but working  those out doesn’t do much for how we are going to perform in the games,” added the 28-year-old who has 22 England caps.

“You have to go out and win, the permutations make no difference to us and we will take it game by game and try squeeze everything we can from each fixture.

“We had a bit of an axe to grind with Gloucester after they came to us earlier in the season and beat us so it was nice for the lads to return the favour.

“It’s always going to be a tough game against them so we were very pleased to come away with the victory.”

And Attwood admits his spell on the sidelines has made him a nightmare to sit next to as Bath’s inconsistencies have blighted their season.

“I am a terrible spectator, I probably give referees more abuse than I do when I’m out on the pitch,” he added. 

“It’s more frustrating than anything else, particularly the form we have been in for bits of the season when you feel you cannot contribute.

“It’s not that I felt I could have made all the difference but you want to get out there and at least try.

“I have done a lot of training and got some A-League action under my belt – I am as prepared as I can be so now I just want to get out there.” 

Watch England’s finest at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham on 28 May from only £30 for adults & £15 for children. Click here for tickets 
 

Latest News

London Irish name side for Ealing Trailfinders clash

London Irish have named a 30-man squad for this Friday’s pre-season clash with Ealing Trailfinders at Hazelwood (kick-off 7.30pm). The…

Gloucester Rugby announce line-ups for preseason friendly at Leinster

Gloucester Rugby will give game time to a number of their first team squad in Leinster on Friday evening as…

American rugby players and coaches to get once in a lifetime opportunity

THIRTY American rugby players and coaches are being handed the chance of a lifetime to train in England with Premiership…

Stephen Myler: Northampton Saints ready to fight for the title

Stephen Myler is predicting the closest ever Aviva Premiership Rugby campaign and believes his Northampton Saints side will be right…

Sonatane Takulua expecting big things from Newcastle Falcons this season

Sonatane Takulua believes unity and a collective purpose, combined with an improved playing pool, can help propel Newcastle Falcons up…

Sonatane Takulua

Wasps name team for first pre-season fixture against Ulster

Dai Young has named a 26-man squad to take on Ulster Rugby at Kingspan Stadium in the first pre-season fixture…

Anglo-Welsh Cup 2017-18 launched

WORCESTER WARRIORS have the honour of hosting the opening match in this year’s Anglo-Welsh Cup on Friday 3 November, when…

Leicester Tigers win the Anglo Welsh Cup

Ally Hogg pleased by Newcastle Falcons’ early progress

Ally Hogg believes Newcastle Falcons are well set to attack the new Aviva Premiership season after a double dose of…

Ally Hogg

Topsy Ojo relishing Exiles return to Aviva Premiership Rugby action at HQ

Topsy Ojo believes there could be no more fitting way for London Irish to announce their return as an Aviva…

Newcastle Falcons’ Sonatane Takulua sees Philadelphia trip as a ‘great opportunity’

Newcastle Falcons’ Sonatane Takulua insists his side’s September clash with Saracens in Philadelphia will be no holiday for the players,…

Sonatane Takulua

Harlequins statement: Luke Wallace and Jonas Mikalcius

Harlequins can confirm today (Tuesday 15th August) that flanker Luke Wallace dislocated his hip during the pre-season friendly against London…

Luke Wallace

London Irish kick-off Anglo-Welsh Cup at home to Bath

London Irish will host Bath Rugby at the Madejski Stadium in the opening round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup on Saturday…

London Irish kick-off Anglo-Welsh Cup at home to Bath

HITZ graduate secures first full time job after being inspired by Premiership Rugby final

A teenager from Leigh who overcame a troubled home life and tackled confidence and communication issues thanks to Premiership Rugby…

Lucy Neal

Nick Kennedy delighted with first pre-season hit-out for London Irish

London Irish director of rugby Nick Kennedy is looking forward to seeing his side build on Saturday’s thrilling contest against…

Nick Kennedy

Philadelphia bound Nick Civetta can’t wait for American Series challenge with Newcastle Falcons

NICK CIVETTA HAS had an unlikely path to the top level but as he prepares to embark on his second season…

Nick Civetta

Demetri Catrakilis relishing chance to reunite with old friend Tim Swiel

Harlequins fly-half Demetri Catrakilis has revealed he is ready to join forces with  compatriot and old acquaintance Tim Swiel – insisting…

Worcester Warriors to use number of players in Hartpury test

Warriors will look to use up to 37 players during their fixture against Hartpury College this Saturday in their first…

GJ van Velze

Emergency Services workers invited to London Double Header

Saracens are offering up to eight free tickets to any member of the London Emergency Services for the upcoming London…

London Double Header

Newcastle Falcons teams for double-header v Doncaster and Nottingham

Three-time French title winner Maxime Mermoz is among the Newcastle Falcons players making their debuts in Saturday’s home double header…

Nili Latu