Ross A Blake
Position: Scrum Half
Born: 29th December 1979 in Glasgow
Education: Bristol Grammar School.
Debut game: 17th August 2002 v Bridgend
First Full game: 1st September 2002 v London Irish
Final game: 20th May 2004 v Newbury
Number of Appearances: 27
Scottish U21 International Ross Blake joined Bath from local rivals Bristol Shoguns in 2002 having been a member of their all conquering U21 title winning side for the past four years alongside soon to be Bath Rugby wing Simon Danielli. Glasgow born Ross captained the Shoguns to back-to-back titles in the past two seasons and was a member of the side heavily beaten by their London Wasps counterparts in the U21 Twickenham Final, played before the Bristol Shoguns-Gloucester Zurich Championship Final in 2002. Ross made six appearances for the Shoguns 1st XV (four as a replacement), mostly as an able deputy to Argentinean international Augustin Pichot. In all, his brief Bristol career stretched to ten matches, including encounters with Gloucester, Newcastle, Saracens and Leeds in the Zurich Premiership. He first pulled on the Bath Rugby shirt in a 14pts-15pts pre-season defeat at Bridgend, where he began at scrum half before making way for the marginally more experienced Rob Chrystie. After a second appearance against Cardiff, Ross was selected to make his competitive debut against London Irish in the opening match of the 2002/2003 campaign. Bath went on to win 24-22. Chances continued to be limited for the Glaswegian born scrum half and so he opted for a return to Bristol in the summer of 2004 in search of regular first team rugby and the chance to add to his Scottish U-21 appearances.