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Bath suspend Faosiliva after pleading guilty to assault

Bath have suspended their Samoa international back-row forward Alafoti Faosiliva.

The Aviva Premiership club said in a statement that 30-year-old Faosiliva had appeared at Bath Magistrates' Court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to assault.

Alafoti Faosiliva has been suspended by Bath. Credit: PA

"Bath Rugby can confirm that Alafoti Faosiliva appeared at Bath Magistrates' Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to assault, with sentencing due in early May," the club said.

"The club takes matters such as this very seriously.

"It does not condone behaviour of this sort, and can confirm that Faosiliva has been suspended pending conclusion of the judicial process.

"Bath Rugby will not be making any further comment until the conclusion of this process."

Faosiliva joined Bath in 2013. He has won 15 caps for Samoa, including makiing two appearances at last year's World Cup when he lined up against the United States and Scotland.

Bath have three Premiership games left this season, hosting Sale Sharks on Saturday before visiting Northampton and then concluding their campaign at home to Leicester on May 7.

Bath captain Hooper retires on medical advice

Bath have announced the retirement of their captain Stuart Hooper.

The 34-year-old lock has quit the game with immediate effect on medical advice after suffering a back injury earlier this season.

Hooper made 192 appearances for Bath after joining them from Leeds Carnegie in 2008. Credit: PA

Former England Saxons skipper Hooper made 192 appearances for Bath after joining them from Leeds Carnegie in 2008. His top-flight career began at Saracens.

"I have had an incredible career, and these last eight years with Bath are ones I will look back on with great fondness," Hooper told bathrugby.com.

"I am sad to have not been able to retire on my own terms. However, when the medical experts are telling you it's time, you have to listen to them.

"I have loved my time at Bath, made some lifelong friends and worked with some of the most talented people in the sport.

"I would like to thank all the players, coaches, staff and supporters who have helped make this such an enjoyable period of my life.

"I feel a huge amount of pride to have worn the Bath jersey and to have led this great club over the last five years. It has been an absolute honour."

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26-year-old rugby player forced to retire

Williams has had to hang up his boots. Credit: PA

Bath centre Ben Williams has been forced to retire from rugby due to a shoulder injury.

The 26-year-old former England U16 and U18 cap made 37 appearances for Bath, scoring five tries, but did not feature in the 2014-15 campaign after suffering a shoulder injury in a pre-season match against Scarlets which required surgery.

"I've done everything in my power to get back to full fitness, but there comes a point when you realise you need to do what's best for your well-being," Williams told the official Bath website.

Bath head coach Mike Ford said: "It's a real shame to see such a talented player having to retire from the game so young.

"Every time he took to the field we saw what he was capable of, so it's a pity that injury has curtailed such a promising career."

Man charged with murder of teenager 30 years ago

Melanie Road was stabbed to death in Bath in 1984. Credit: ITV News

A man has been charged with the murder of a teenager who was stabbed to death more than 30 years ago.

Melanie Road, 17, was sexually assaulted and stabbed multiple times in Bath in June 1984.

Police said 63-year-old Christopher John Hampton from Bristol, who will appear in court on Monday, has now been charged with killing her.

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