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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

Bath Rugby's weekend match cancelled

Bath Rugby's Chamions cup game against RC Toulon has been cancelled following last night's events in Paris.

EPCR and the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) have decided to postpone all of this weekend’s European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup matches scheduled to be played in France. They will be rescheduled at later dates.


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:

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.

Flatman understands Burgess 'temptation' to return to league

Former Bath and England prop David Flatman has told ITV News West Country he doesn't want to see Sam Burgess leave Bath. It follows speculation the Bath and England player is ready to quit rugby union after less than a year, with reports in Australia suggesting he's ready to return to rugby league and his former club South Sydney Rabbitohs. Flatman says he'd like to see the 26 year old honour his three year contract but understands why he might be tempted.

Is Sam Burgess ready to quit rugby union?

Sam Burgess will not play this weekend's match against Harlequins Credit: PA

Speculation is growing that Bath and England star Sam Burgess is set to quit the game of rugby union after less than a year.

Reports in Australia suggest he is ready to return to rugby league and his former club South Sydney Rabbitohs, where he made his name.

Burgess was controversially selected for England's world cup squad and has been omitted from Bath's Premiership match against Harlequins this weekend.

Bath's Joseph ruled out for 3 months with injury

Joseph has been ruled out for three months through injury Credit: ITV News West Country

Bath Rugby say England centre Jonathan Joseph will spend three months on the sidelines after undergoing surgery for a pectoral injury sustained during the Rugby World Cup.

Joseph, who made his 16th international appearance for England during the competition, missed the pool matches against Wales and Uruguay and also missed Bath's opening win of the season against Exeter.

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