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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.

Bath's Jonathan Joseph rewarded with England start

Bath centre Jonathan Joseph Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Bath centre Jonathan Joseph will start for England in the opening six nations game against Wales.

The number 13 has been the in-form centre in the Aviva Premiership and solves Stuart Lancaster's midfield conundrum.

The 23-year-old will join Luther Burrell to form a relatively new-look back line.

Joseph will also be joined by three other Bath players - Anthony Watson (winger), David Attwood (lock) and George Ford who starts at fly half with Owen Farrell injured.

Jonny May and Billy Twelvetrees from Gloucester Rugby also feature.

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Six Nations 2015: eight regional players named in England Squad

Eight players from the region have been named in the England Squad for the Six Nations which starts next month.

Bath Rugby have six players in, including a call-up for in-form centre Jonathan Joseph.

Joseph is joined in the squad by fellow Rec backs Kyle Eastmond, George Ford and Anthony Watson, along with forward pair Dave Attwood and Davie Wilson.

George Ford will join five other Bath players in the Squad Credit: David Davies/PA

Gloucester have two players named in the squad, winner Jonny May and centre Billy Twelvetrees.

Gloucester's Jonny May Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Bath Rugby signs Welsh international player Rhys Priestland

Rhys Priestland during the RBS 6 Nations Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

Bath Rugby has signed Welsh international fly-half Rhys Priestland.

The 27-year-old joins Bath from the Scarlets after nearly 150 appearances. During his time at the West Wales region he scored over 1000 points, and has 32 caps for his country.

Priestland will join Bath when his deal with Scarlets expires at the end of the season.

I’ve been really impressed watching Bath develop over the past couple of years into one of the most exciting teams in the country. It’s a world-class organisation in every sense, including the players, coaching staff and facilities.

– Rhys Priestland

Rhys is a fantastic player with an impressive pedigree: his record with Scarlets and Wales speaks for itself. He’s got a wide range of talents that suit our game plan and he’ll make a great addition to our squad. He’s still quite a young guy, but one with a lot of experience that will be really valuable, especially in the development of our younger players.

– Mike Ford, Head Coach of Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby sign "talented and exciting" Matawalu

Bath Rugby have signed young Fijian scrum-half Nikola Matawalu, currently with the Glasgow Warriors, for the 2015/16 season.

25-year-old Matawalu has scored 22 tries in 59 appearances with the Warriors, and has represented Fiji 21 times on the national stage.

Niko is an incredibly talented and exciting young player, and we’re eager to see his skill-set worked into our attacking style of play. He’s a great character, and we know he’ll fit in really well at the Club.

– Mike Ford, Head Coach of Bath Rugby
Nikola Matawalu celebrates a win. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Archive/Press Association Images

I’m really happy to be joining Bath next season. They are a very ambitious club with a very talented squad and coaching team.

I’m looking forward to getting settled in and testing myself in the Aviva Premiership and top flight of Europe, but for the remainder of the season my focus will be with Glasgow.

– Nikola Matawalu
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