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Several local players picked for England's rugby world cup squad

Sam Burgess is among the players who have been picked for the England squad Credit: PA

Six players from Bath Rugby and two from Gloucester Rugby have been picked for England's rugby world cup squad.

David Wilson, George Ford, Sam Burgess, Anthony Watson, Rob Webber and Jonathan Joseph - all from Bath - along with Ben Morgan and Jonny May from Gloucester - will be taking place in the global event on home soil.

Critics - among them Will Carling - argue that Sam Burgess has been rushed into England's World Cup squad too soon, but the management have been swayed by his destructive defence and leadership.

Meanwhile, Ben Morgan proved his fitness in training this week having played just 40 minutes since breaking his leg in January.

Bath begin their journey ahead of their biggest game in a decade

Bath Rugby's squad are on the road to London this evening ahead of their biggest game in a decade.

Mike Ford's men take on Saracens tomorrow in the Premiership Final at Twickenham and 80,000 supporters are expected to make the journey to watch them try to become league champions.

Here's what Head Coach Mike Ford had to say.

Winning is the most important thing, I think you know you dont get to these finals just to lose you know we've sacrificed all these stuff all year all these fitness sessions on a tuesday in the rain and stuff like that to get to these finals and to be able to win them you know. you want to go home with a gold medal round your neck

– Anthony Watson, Bath player

It's been a long journey for Bath who last reached the final in 2004 only to lose to Wasps. Bob Crampton's been looking through the archive to see what lessons Bath can take into tomorrow's showdown


Bath Rugby to go for glory in first final for a decade

Mike Ford's team will be hoping for celebration rather than sorrow tonight. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Bath Rugby squad will head to London later ahead of their biggest game for more than a decade.

Mike Ford's men take on Saracens tomorrow in the Premiership Final at Twickenham. It is the first time they have reached the final since 2004, when they were beaten by Wasps. Will they be crowned English champions over a decade on?

Bath Rugby player has lost his dog - have you seen Leo?

Bath Rugby player George Ford has been asking his Twitter followers to help him find his pet dog.

George lost his dog Leo yesterday near Victoria Park in Bath. So far over 1,000 people have retweeted his plea for help.

Bath Rugby player can't find his dog Credit: George Ford

Bath move into second place after beating Newcastle

Semesa Rokoduguni was one of Bath's four try scorers at Newcastle tonight Credit: PA

Rugby and Bath put their European Champions Cup exit behind them as they faced Newcastle in the Premiership tonight.

And their energy paid off as the moved into second place, beating Newcastle 19-29. Ollie Devoto, Semesa Rokoduguni, Anthony Watson & Matt Banahan all crossed for Bath and George Ford kicked three conversions and a penalty.


RUGBY: Home wins for Bath and Bristol

Tonight's results Credit: ITV News

Both Bath and Bristol have been in action tonight - with Bath recording their first Premiership victory for almost two months after beating Sale at the Rec 12 - 3.

It puts them second in the table behind Northampton.

Full-back Tom Homer kicked four penalties to halt Bath's worrying Premiership losing run Credit: PA

In the Championship, Bristol secured a resounding win over Nottingham at Ashton Gate, beating the visitors 51 - 17 and earning themselves a bonus point.

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Bath star Sam Burgess not thinking about England

Sam Burgess has insisted he must scrap all thoughts of his England ambitions and focus on honing his rugby union skills at Bath.

Burgess is focused on doing his best for Bath. Credit: PA

The rugby league convert admitted he has learned more in the last three weeks than at any time of his cross-code switch.

Burgess made his England bow in the second-string Saxons' 18-9 victory over Ireland Wolfhounds in Cork in January, but is refusing to target his Test debut.

Bath have slipped out of the Aviva Premiership play-off places after losing their last three matches - leaving Burgess refusing to countenance any talk of making the autumn's World Cup.

I'll leave those guys outside things to talk about it all. I guess that's the job, so I'll leave it to others to talk about that.

For me it's probably important not to comment on it, and just get on with my work at Bath, which I'm doing, and having fun doing it as well. I would just rather continue enjoying my time at Bath and see how things turn out.

– Sam Burgess

Bath beaten by league leaders Northampton

Bath's post-match team talk Credit: ITV News

Bath suffered their second straight defeat against a top four rival as they lost to league leaders Northampton 13-21.

They stay second in the table but just 4 points separate them and the side in 7th in the battle for the end of the season playoffs.

You can't fault the effort of the boys. I thought that was just our execution that let us down again. Basically getting out our own half in the second half we gave ourselves no chance to have good ball in the right areas

– Mike Ford, Bath Coach

England puts trust in West Country players for Six Nations opener

Bath and Gloucester players feature heavily in the England line up Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Six Nations kicks off in Cardiff tonight with several Bath and Gloucester players in the England team to take on Wales.

Bath's George Ford, Anthony Watson, Dave Attwood and Jonathan Joseph are all in the starting line-up.

Gloucester winger Jonny May keeps his place on the wing, while Billy Twelvetrees starts on the bench.

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