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Wales' Luke Charteris looking forward to joining Bath

South Africa's Duane Vermeulen tries to bring down Luke Charteris during the Rugby World Cup Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Welsh international Luke Charteris says he is excited at joining Bath Rugby next season.

The second row lock, who stands at 6’ 9”, will join Bath ahead of the 2016/17 season from Racing 92.

Charteris has won more than 60 Welsh caps, most recently in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. He is well known for his skilful line-out work and athleticism around the field.

Bath is such an ambitious club, and that’s a great atmosphere to be joining.

They put a lot of emphasis on player development, making sure that everyone is improving no matter how experienced they are, and that is a very exciting environment to be part of.

There is some incredible talent in the squad and I’m really looking forward to heading over and getting started.

– Luke Charteris

Luke has been one of Wales’s stand out locks in recent years, and had a very good Rugby World Cup.

He’s a superb athlete at the set-piece and in the loose, has strong leadership qualities and a lot of experience that he can bring to the squad.

We’re delighted to have one of the best locks in the world join us, and he will help us keep improving and move quickly on to that next level.

– Mike Ford, Bath Rugby Head Coach


Bristol's Lee Haskins crowned World Champion by default

Bristol boxer Lee Haskins has been crowned World Champion because his oponent didn't make the weight. Credit: PA

Bristol's Lee Haskins is the new IBF Bantamweight Champion after his opponent Randy Caballero failed to make the weight at last night's weigh-in.

Caballero, the defending champion, was making a comeback after a year off through injury but he scaled five and a half pounds over the championship limit. The fight was called off and he was stripped of the belt.

Haskins says he's disappointed to miss out on a fight he's trained so hard for.

Bath brush up their French for the European Cup

Bath face last year's European Champions Cup winners Toulon on Sunday Credit: PA

European rugby returns this weekend with the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup.

Bath have a tough ask, facing three-time champions Toulon at Stade Felix Mayo on Sunday but it seems they won't have too many problems with language on the pitch.

We put George Ford and Dave Attwood to the test. See how they get on with a few key rugby terms in French:


Bristol Rugby team diverted due to turbulence

Bristol Rugby's first game in the British and Irish Cup has already hit an obstacle without a ball being played.

The team were due to take on Ulster tomorrow night (Friday 13 November) and were flying out to Northern Ireland when their flight was diverted due to severe turbulence.

They had to land at Glasgow instead - let's hope they make Kingspan Stadium in time for the 7.30pm start.

Rovers knocked out of Johnstone's Paint Trophy

John White scored the only goal in the 11th minute.

Bristol Rovers have been knocked out of a second cup competition in the space of 3 days.

After losing to non-league Chesham in the FA Cup on Sunday, the Pirates have tonight lost 1-0 at League One side Southend in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

The only goal was scored in the 11th minute - a header by John White.

Bath move on from Burgess, confirm Denton signing

Denton has been capped 32 times by Scotland Credit: Paul Harding/Press Association Images

Bath Rugby have moved quickly to replace Sam Burgess by signing the Scottish International David Denton.

The 25-year-old, who plays in the back rown joins the Club from Edinburgh Rugby and has been capped 32 times by Scotland – most recently starting in their one-point loss to Australia in the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-final. []( Read the full press release from Bath Rugby here.

We’ve been looking to bolster our back row for some time now so we’re very excited that David is joining us. He had an excellent World Cup, especially in the quarter-final when he managed to outshine one of the best Australian back rows I’ve seen for a long time. He’s going to fit in very well with the team and the way we play here.

– Mike Ford, Head Coach
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