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Bath Rugby triumph against Newcastle Falcons

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Bath took on Newcastle in the Premiership tonight. It was a tough game at the Rec, but the home side triumphed 21-19.

Semesa Rokoduguni scored two tries and was named man of the match.

The side needed to secure the win to gain ground on the Premiership top six and the Heineken Cup places.

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Approval for build at Bath Rugby's Rec

Plans to replace the West Stand at Bath Rugby's Rec went before council planners today. Credit: ITV West Country

Bath Rugby has received four-year planning consent for their stands at the Rec ground, including a new temporary West Stand and renewal of permissions for North, East and South Stands.

Plans to replace the West Stand at the Recreation ground were presented to council planners today (10 February). The club says the ageing wooden structure is no longer fit for purpose. Their dream is to build a temporary stand, which would give the ground 1,000 extra seats.

The consent will increase capacity at the Rec. Credit: ITV News
14,500
capacity at the Rec after the new development

MP for Bath, Ben Howlett has welcomed the news that the council has approved plans.

I am thrilled that the Council has at last granted permission for Bath Rugby Stadium to be expanded and I look forward to supporting Bath Rugby at the bigger stadium in the future.

The 1000 extra seats will make a real difference allowing even more Bath supporters to support the team.

– Ben Howlett

The temporary stands will be finished in 4 years time.

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Bath rugby star Rob Webber signs for Sale Sharks

England hooker Rob Webber is set to leave Bath at the end of the season after signing with Sale Sharks on a two-year contract.

The 28-year-old has 13 full England caps and was a member of the 2015 England World Cup Squad. He has played 59 time for Bath since arriving in 2012, scoring seven tries.

Rob Webber during an England training session Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA

I have enjoyed my time at Bath and would like to thank the coaches, players and supporters who have all been great with me since I joined from Wasps."

– Rob Webber

Bowden to make debut for Bath

Bowden will start at inside centre for Bath Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/PA Images

Dan Bowden will make his debut for Bath Rugby tomorrow in the Aviva Premiership against Saracens.

Bowden starts at inside centre for the meeting with the current English champions.Matt Banahan moves from wing to thirteen.

The 29 year old New Zealander played with George Ford at Leicester and was awarded try of the season in 2013. Watch the try below:

Bath's Devoto one of 7 uncapped players in new look England squad

The 22 year old can play full-back, centre or fly-half. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/PA Images

Bath's Ollie Devoto has been been included in Eddie Jones' new look England squad for the upcoming 6 Nations which starts next month.

The 22 year old can play full-back, centre or fly-half and came through the club's academy system, making 34 appearances for the senior side since his debut last season.

Fellow team mates Henry Thomas, George Ford, Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson are also named in the squad.

England face Scotland at Murrayfield in their opening game of the Six Nations on February 6th.

Gloucester flanker Matt Kvesic has been been included in Eddie Jones' new look England squad for the upcoming 6 Nations which starts next month.

The openside flanker has been on the fringes of the England squad for a number of seasons but has won just two caps since his debut in 2013.

Despite Gloucester's mixed season, the 23 year old has been one of the stand out performers for his club and with Eddie Jones looking to inject power and pace into a side that performed so poorly at last year's World Cup the hard tackling Kvesic has made the initial squad of 33.

Kvesic is part of a new look squad announced by Eddie Jones Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/PA Images

The full squad announced by Eddie Jones:

Forwards:

Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks) Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)Jack Clifford (Harlequins) Jamie George (Saracens) Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints) James Haskell (Wasps)Paul Hill (Northampton Saints) Maro Itoje (Saracens)George Kruis (Saracens)Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby) *injury replacement for Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs) Joe Launchbury (Wasps)Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)Joe Marler (Harlequins) Matt Mullan (Wasps) Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)Henry Thomas (Bath Rugby) *injury replacement for Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints)Billy Vunipola (Saracens) Mako Vunipola (Saracens)

Backs:

Chris Ashton (Saracens) Mike Brown (Harlequins) Danny Care (Harlequins) Elliot Daly (Wasps)Ollie Devoto (Bath Rugby) *injury replacement for Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers) Owen Farrell (Saracens) George Ford (Bath Rugby) Alex Goode (Saracens) Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs) *injury replacement for Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)Marland Yarde (Harlequins) Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

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