Posted 29th Jul 2019

Iesis Group brings up BUCS Super Rugby hat-trick as Rec date is announced for 2019 Anniversary Game

Former Bath Rugby player and previous University of Bath rugby coach Iestyn Lewis has confirmed his company, the Iesis Group, will back its third successive Anniversary Game at the Recreation Ground on October 16, 2019.

Bath students will take on Cardiff University in the annual fixture which is part of the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) Super Rugby season. Thousands of spectators, including a strong away fan contingent, are expected to pack the Recreation Ground for the 6.30pm kick and entry is free of charge to the match which is open to the public.

The University has finished in the top four of the national BUCS competition for the past three seasons. It has a partnership with Bath Rugby and many students – including Will Britton, Tom Doughty and Jack Davies – have emerged from Super Rugby to make full Bath Rugby debuts.

“I can’t wait for this year’s fixture,” said Lewis. “It is always a great atmosphere and a fantastic opportunity for the students to show their skills. An Anglo-Welsh rivalry will add another dimension for the 2019 event.”

Bath won both the inaugural and the third Anniversary Games, both against Leeds Beckett. In last year’s encounter, a last-gasp win with a late penalty had the crowd on their feet roaring. In between the Blue & Gold lost narrowly to Loughborough.

Bath were beaten away by Cardiff in last season’s league but bounced back with a consummate 53-17 win at home.

University Head Coach Aaron James said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase student rugby once more in the heart of Bath. Having been in my shoes in the past, Iestyn is uniquely placed to know just how much this means to the players and we are grateful to him, his wife Nicky and the whole company for their continuing support.”

Greg Sharp, the University’s Deputy Director of Sport, said: “Not only does this event, which emerged from the University’s 50th birthday celebrations, showcase top student rugby but it’s also an occasion for the town and the University to come together in the spirit of sport.”

The University is soon to announce its team sponsor for the season, with the players returning to pre-season training next week.

Click here to find out more about the rugby programme at the University of Bath.

Other news articles

Quarter-final place confirmed for Team Bath men’s 1st XV despite heavy BUCS Super Rugby derby defeat to Hartpury

Team Bath men’s 1st XV had their place in the end-of-season knockout competition confirmed on Wednesday, despite suffering a heavy BUCS Super Rugby away defeat to local rivals Hartpury. A defeat for Cardiff University in their derby against Cardiff...

Read More
It’s derby day as Team Bath men’s 1st XV head to Hartpury for last away trip of BUCS Super Rugby league season

The final away trip of the 2019-20 BUCS Super Rugby league season is a short one for Team Bath men’s 1st XV as they head to Gloucestershire to face local rivals Hartpury (6.30pm). The Blue & Gold – sponsored...

Read More
Former University of Bath rugby player Zack Henry joins Leicester Tigers for 2020-21 Premiership season

University of Bath alumni Zack Henry has signed for Gallagher Premiership Rugby club Leicester Tigers for the 2020-21 season. The 25-year-old has been playing professionally in France since graduating in Sport & Exercise Science in 2016, first with Rouen...

Read More
Team Bath BUCS Super Rugby Sponsors
Partners and Suppliers