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Gloucester Rugby in takeover talks

Gloucester Rugby has confirmed today that it's been holding talks with several potential investors over the future ownership of the club. The Cherry and Whites announced back in April that the club's current owners would be prepared to talk to third parties interested in taking over.

Gloucester Rugby crest Credit: Gloucester Rugby

"We have been and are currently having positive conversations with a number of interested parties that have approached the club. Naturally these conversations can take some time to complete, but we are dealing with them as a priority.

When they conclude, we will issue a statement announcing our intentions with regard to moving forward with new investors or continuing to operate under the current ownership model.

What has been most pleasing is that, throughout this process, we have had zero impact on 'business as usual' and look forward to the start of the Aviva Premiership season, after what was an incredibly successful hosting of four Rugby World Cup games as Kingsholm."

– Stephen Vaughan, Chief Executive

Bristol City secure Norwich City winger on loan

26 year-old Elliott Bennett will boost City's attacking options Credit: Adam Davy / PA

Bristol City have completed the loan signing of Norwich City wide man Elliott Bennett.

The 26 year-old will arrive on loan until January - bolstering City's attacking options.

Bennett's career took off when he led Brighton & Hove Albion to win League One in 2010/11. He's since moved to the Premier League when he joined Norwich City.

He'l join the squad at Ashton Gate for next Friday's math against Nottingham Forest.


Somerset sign Aussie star

Somerset County Cricket Club have signed Australian batsman Chris Rogers on a one year contract .

Left hander Rogers, who will be playing County Championship cricket for Somerset has consistently been a prolific run scorer at state and county level and has been an integral part of recent Australian Test sides.

The 38 year old has played in 25 Test matches for Australia and scored 2015 runs at an average of 42.87 with a top score of 173 coming at Lord’s during this year’s Ashes series. He has also scored five Test centuries.

Test matches played for Australia
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In his 297 First Class matches he has scored 24,460 runs at an average of 49.81 with a top score of 319.

He has also amassed an impressive total of 73 centuries and 116 half centuries during his First Class career.

Chris Rogers, new batsman Credit: Somerset CC

I’m really pleased to be joining a club of the stature of Somerset. I have always enjoyed playing cricket in England and as soon as I heard that Somerset were interested I wanted to make it happen. There have been quite a few Australian players who have done really well down at Taunton and hopefully I can add my name to that list. I’m looking forward to the challenge and can’t wait to get started.

– Chris Rogers, new Somerset batsman

Football: Rovers and Yeovil through to next round of JPT

Credit: ITV West Country

Bristol Rovers and Yeovil have made it through to the next round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Rovers beat Wycombe 2-0 thanks to first half goals from Matty Taylor and Jermaine Easter.

Yeovil beat Coventry 4-3 on penalties after the match finished goal-less.

However, Swindon are out after losing to bitter rivals Oxford.

Cheltenham Town are the new leaders of the National League after drawing 1-all with Braintree. Billy Waters rescued a point for the Robins with a goal in injury time.

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