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Banahan to play against Bath Rugby for the Barbarians!



Matt Banahan is returning to The Rec for one final game but not in Blue, Black and White!

The Bath Rugby legend will be coming out of retirement to play for the famous Barbarians against the club he spent 12 years of his career at on Sunday 20 November, kick-off 14:00. 

One of Bath’s most decorated players, Banahan scored 100 tries in 264 games and will now don the black and white of the BaaBaas after being invited to be part of their squad for the first meeting between the two clubs since 1994.

“I’m absolutely buzzing to be part of such an iconic occasion,” the 35-year-old said.

“To play for the Barbarians will be a dream come true and to do it against a club that I love will make the day even more special. 

“Games like this don’t come around often for the city so hopefully it’ll be a full Rec and a great atmosphere!”

Banahan will be joined by another former Bath man as Elliott Stooke is set to become a BaaBaa too! 

The second row made 125 appearances for the Blue, Black and White before departing in 2021. He be joined in the Barbarians squad by Springbok Francois Hougaard. 

Awarded the 2014 International Rugby Players Men’s Try of the Year for a score against the All Blacks, the 34-year-old adds to another southern hemisphere player already announced in Damian McKenzie.

A player will with over 40 caps for New Zealand and the Chiefs’ Super Rugby record points scorer, he will add real flair to the Barbarian ranks.


The Blue, Black and White will host world rugby’s most famous invitational side this month as the Barbarians visit the Rec on Sunday 20 November, kick-off 14:00.

Don’t miss out on what will be a special day!


pre-order your matchday programme!

To mark Bath Rugby’s historic fixture with the Barbarians this month, the club will be producing a hard copy programme!



We have one remaining hospitality box for this exciting fixture as we welcome Banas back to The Rec!

  • Private box with balcony viewing for up to 20 guests
  • Three course hot fork buffet
  • Beers, wines and soft drinks throughout the day
  • Sky TV in your suite for all of the rugby action

£150+vat per person (Can be booked from minimum of 12 guests – maximum of 20 guests) 

Alternatively places available to book in our 1st Office Suite:

  • Inclusive beers, house wines and soft drinks two hours pre match and two hours post match
  • Three-course lunch 
  • Pre-match Q&A with a member of the Bath Rugby squad
  • Covered match seats in the Gem Stand
  • Post-match cheeseboard
  • Post-match review of the game with a member of the Bath Rugby Squad

£150+vat per person

Can be booked as individual spaces through to a table of 10.

To book contact [email protected]


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Sale Sharks have agreed a deal to sign Fiji captain Waisea Nayacalevu from French Top14 side Toulon. 

The explosive centre, who starred for his country during the recent World Cup, has signed a one-year contract with an option for a further year. 

He will join up with Alex Sanderson’s Sharks squad ahead of the start of the 2024/25 Gallagher Premiership season. 

Waisea, 33, said: “I’ve watched the Premiership for a long time and it’s always been in the back of my mind that I would love to play there one day and experience rugby in England. 

“Now that opportunity has arrived and I’m really, really happy and grateful. I’m so excited to get over there and join the boys and see how I can contribute to the team. 

“I have spoken to Telusa Veainu and he only has positive things to say about the club and about Manchester. 

“I’m looking forward to playing with some of the guys I’ve played against, like Tom Curry and George Ford. But I also know there are a lot of really talented young players in the Sale Sharks squad and I’m excited to share my experience and help them develop as much as I can.  

“I told Alex that it’s what I’ve been doing for the last few years of my career and it’s something I’m passionate about.” 

Nayacalevu, who stands at 6’4” and weighs in at 16st 7lb, spent ten years at Top14 side Stade Français before making the switch to Toulon in 2022.  

He has won 34 caps for Fiji, slotting in at both centre and on the wing, and captained his country at last year’s World Cup, where the Pacific Islanders made the quarter-finals, losing 30-24 to England in Marseille. 

He also famously scored for Fiji in their memorable pre-World Cup win against England at Twickenham. 

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Falcons star to join Saracens



Phil Brantingham to join Saracens

Tuesday 05 March 2024 Written by: Tom Grisedale

Prop-forward Phil Brantingham will leave Newcastle Falcons in the summer to join Saracens.

The 22-year-old has played 25 games for his home town club, and leaves with the thanks and best wishes of everyone at the Falcons.

Chairman of rugby Matt Thompson said: “Phil has done well for us and we made him a good offer to stay here.

“We respect his decision and wish him all the best for his move in the summer, but between now and then he will be fully committed to finishing the season strongly for Newcastle Falcons.”

Source – Newcastle Falcons Rugby

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Sale Sharks can confirm that forward Cobus Wiese will leave the club at the end of the season to return to South Africa. 

The 26-year-old lock has played almost 80 games for the club and scored five tries since joining from the DHL Stormers ahead of the 2020/21 season. 

He played a key role last year as Sale reached the Premiership final, and this season he has featured a further 13 times for Alex Sanderson’s side. 

Alex said: “Cobus will be missed by all of us on so many levels. He’s the most polite and courteous of people off the field, but the most wildly excitable man on the field, and on a night out. 

“To say Cobus wears his heart on his sleeve is to do him a disservice with regards to his emotional commitment for which his body has paid the price on occasion.  

“He leads by example and has earnt the respect and adoration of the group both on a professional and a personal level. We wish him every success and happiness with his move back home.” 

Everyone at Sale Sharks would like to thank Cobus for his contribution to the club and the team during his time here and we wish him all the very best for the future.  

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