Bath & Wiltshire Romans RL Club have their first 13 a side friendly fixture on Wednesday 27th April 2016, 7pm which will be their first at new home ground Corsham RU Club, Lacock Road, Corsham. They will take on nearest rivals Swindon St. George, the game will be played in 20 minute quarters to ensure all available players get a run out.
Chris Chatten, Chairman, commented, “The Romans are keen to use this fixture to give new recruits a run and try out new combinations in advance of the West of England league season. We are also keen to use the fixture as an open trial for anyone in the Bath and Wiltshire area who wants to give rugby league a try”.
Veteran Fijian back Bruce Vuetanatotoka will be a key feature in the squad for 2016 alongside new signing Josh Frost. Frost showed some good touches in the New Ravens Mug Competition a couple of weeks ago, and should prove to be a useful acquisition from Frome Rugby Union Club likely to feature at centre or half back for the Romans. Matthew Bodey from Swansea University who is doing a year in industry based in Bath showed some good footwork from the wing on his debut in the New Ravens Mug; the club will be looking to give him some game time in his preferred positions at half back or hooker.
The Romans have further pre season action at the South West 9’s at Exeter University on Sunday 1st May and again in the West of England 9’s at Swindon St. George on Saturday 7th May 2016. Chatten also commented that “the club are keen to improve again in 2016 after winning the West of England Grand Final in 2015 and are keen to recruit players to improve on last season, but are also planning to set up a second team to improve the pathway into the first team and allow opportunities for social rugby league players too.”
The Romans are now based at Corsham Rugby Union Club, Lacock Road, Corsham and are keen to welcome new players 16+ of all abilities to training currently on Wednesday evenings from 7pm. The club will be training twice per week from the beginning of May as the West of England League kicks offs. The club are interested in hearing from anyone who would like to sponsor the club in 2016 and have packages available for all budgets.