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Burgess says Bath will be a "cracking experience"

Former Rugby League star Sam Burgess has signed a three-year-contract with Bath. He says it's going to be an "exciting couple of years" and his first impressions of the city are good.

I had a little walk around the city this morning - it's a beautiful place, it's absolutely stunning. I've not spent a lot of time down here in the south (of England) but for now... what I've seen of it and the people I've met, it's been fantastic. It's going to be a cracking experience I can tell.

– Sam Burgess

You can see Matthias Kurth's full interview with "Slammin' Sam" here:


Sam Burgess pulls on a Bath shirt for the first time

Sam Burgess appears at the Rec for the first time Credit: ITV News

Rugby League star Sam Burgess has made the switch to Rugby Union. He signed a three year contract with Bath but his start was delayed while he recovered after fracturing his cheekbone and eye socket in the NRL Grand Final.

Burgess, who's 25, was hurt six seconds into the match, his last league game before switching from League to Union, but played on to help South Sydney Rabbitohs win the title.

He was at the Rec this morning, wearing a Bath shirt and meeting the media for the first time.

Here's a brief clip of the moment Slammin' Sam posed for the cameras.

Teen heartthrob backs Bristol Rovers

Jake Short at the world premiere of "Dolphin Tale 2" in Los Angeles in September Credit: PA

An American teen actor and heart throb has made an official complaint to a computer games firm after it scrapped his favourite team - Bristol Rovers.

Disney star Jake Short sent a tweet to EA Sports asking why the non-league side wasn't in the new Fifa 15 game.

Jake, 17, has appeared in Dexter and is playing Fletcher Quimby in the TV comedy A.N.T Farm and also, it appears, a fan of die-hard grassroots football.

The teen star tweeted his 800,000 followers asking why Bristol Rovers, currently sixth in the Football Conference, isn't in the latest Fifa game.

It is not known if the actor has any connection with Bristol but there is a simple explanation. The football simulator game has yet to licence the Conference so when Rovers fell from League Two, they also lost their place in the game.

Swindon up to third after Chesterfield win

Swindon are up to third in League One.

Swindon Town have moved up to third place in League One after a convincing 3-0 win at Chesterfield.

Two goals in five minutes from Yaser Kasim and Nathan Byrne gave Town a 2-0 half-time lead.

Sub Andy Williams added the third 20 minutes from the end.

Swindon are 7 points behind leaders Bristol City, with a game in hand.


Local derby in the FA Cup first round

A local derby at Whaddon Road is one of the highlights Credit: ITV News West Country

A local derby between Cheltenham Town and Swindon Town is the pick of the local ties in the first round of the FA Cup.

Both Bristol clubs face tough looking away ties at Gillingham and Tranmere, but the two remaining non-league teams have got home matches against League One opposition. Weston-super-Mare take on Doncaster and Forest Green Rovers play Scunthorpe Utd.

Yeovil play fellow League One side Crawley

The matches are scheduled for the weekend of 8/9 November.

Today's FA Cup results

Today's FA Cup results.

Bristol Rovers, Forest Green Rovers and Weston-super-Mare are all through to the first round of the FA Cup.

The Pirates won 7-1 at Dorchester with Ellis Harrison scoring a hat-trick.

Forest Green beat local rivals Gloucester 4-1 at Whaddon Road.

Weston won 2-1 at Witham.

But Bath City's dream is over after they were thrashed 7-1 at East Thurrock.

The FA Cup First Round draw is on Monday evening.

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