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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.


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

Slammin' Sam gets his first start for Bath

Sam Burgess' start with the club was delayed due to injury Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Bath Rugby have confirmed Sam Burgess will make his first start for the club against Montpellier tomorrow night.

The Rugby League convert will continue to play at centre for the European Champions Cup match at the Rec.

Francois Louw will make his first appearance of the season after recovering from an injury while on international duty in September. Read more from Bath Rugby.


Burgess could make Bath debut tomorrow night

Bath rugby have named new signing Sam Burgess among the replacements for this Friday's match with Harlequins at the Rec.

Burgess could make his first appearance in competitive rugby union Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The 25 year old arrived at the club a month ago but only recently returned to training having fractured a cheekbone in his final rugby league game in Australia.

See the full press release from Bath Rugby.

Burgess says Bath will be a "cracking experience"

Former Rugby League star Sam Burgess has signed a three-year-contract with Bath. He says it is going to be an "exciting couple of years" and his first impressions of the city are good.

I had a little walk around the city this morning - it's a beautiful place, it's absolutely stunning. I've not spent a lot of time down here in the south (of England) but for now... what I've seen of it and the people I've met, it's been fantastic. It's going to be a cracking experience I can tell.

– Sam Burgess

You can see Matthias Kurth's full interview with "Slammin' Sam" here:

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