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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


'We hoped Sam would stay': Bath's regretful goodbye to Burgess

Bath insists it has been committed to Burgess' development as a Union player. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Bath Rugby has said its goodbye to Sam Burgess, who has left the club and Rugby Union, to return to Rugby League in Australia. The club says Burgess, who has family is in Australia, left "for personal reasons". This comes after his rocky transition from League to Union and controversial selection for the World Cup, followed by a tough early exit for England.

The club insists it has been committed to Burgess' development as a Union player, but has agreed to release the 26-year-old from his contract - and says they are parting "on agreeable terms".

“We hoped that Sam would stay at Bath. He was doing really well in making the switch over from league and, given time, he could’ve been a great rugby union player. Unfortunately, for personal reasons, he is returning to Australia.

“However, we’re fortunate that we’ve got some very high calibre players here at the Club, and with a big run of games coming up in the Aviva Premiership and the European Rugby Champions Cup, we’ll be fully focused on these.”

– Mike Ford, Bath Rugby Head Coach

Burgess is returning to his former club, the South Sydney Rabbitohs, who have said they "could not be happier" to have him back.

Sam Burgess leaves Bath Rugby to return to Australia

Sam Burgess has reportedly left Bath. Credit: PA

Sam Burgess has left Bath Rugby with immediate effect, to return to Rugby League in Australia.

There have been recent rumblings about the 26-year-old Bath and England player being ready to quit Rugby Union after less than a year. It's now been confirmed that he's re-joining his former club South Sydney Rabbitohs, until at least the end of 2018.

“I could not be happier to see Sam coming home to the Rabbitohs”

“He had an enormously positive impact on our Club, both on and off the field, throughout the five seasons he was here, and to be bringing back one of the game’s most dominant players is fantastic for not only our Club, but the game itself.

“He will add starch to our forward pack, and he will bring his leadership qualities to the team as well.

– Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire

Former Bath and England player David Flatman tweeted his lack of surprise at the news.

Last week the former prop who now works for Bath Rugby told us that he understood Burgess' dilemma about leaving, but didn't want to see him go.

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