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Sam Burgess pulls on a Bath shirt for the first time

Sam Burgess appears at the Rec for the first time Credit: ITV News

Rugby League star Sam Burgess has made the switch to Rugby Union. He signed a three year contract with Bath but his start was delayed while he recovered after fracturing his cheekbone and eye socket in the NRL Grand Final.

Burgess, who's 25, was hurt six seconds into the match, his last league game before switching from League to Union, but played on to help South Sydney Rabbitohs win the title.

He was at the Rec this morning, wearing a Bath shirt and meeting the media for the first time.

Here's a brief clip of the moment Slammin' Sam posed for the cameras.


Bath Rugby release Burgess trailer

Bath's new signing Sam Burgess will be on his way to The Rec later this month. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive

Bath Rugby Club have released a movie style trailer for their box office signing Sam Burgess.

It's the first in a series of short countdown videos.

The English Rugby League star will switch codes in a few weeks when he arrives at his new club.

Bath completed his signing back in March, when they bought the 24-year-old out of his existing Australian National Rugby League contract.

Burgess will play his last game for South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL Grand Final this weekend before boarding a plane to England on the 15th October.

Bath Rugby celebrate as Rec plans get approved

Bath Rugby and London irish at the Recreation Ground Credit: David Davies/PA

Bath Rugby celebrate as Bath & North East Somerset approve their temporary planning application.

This decision enables the Club to increase capacity at the Rec from 12,000 to close to 14,000 for the next two seasons and provide improved facilities for their supporters in the lead up to the Club's 150th Anniversary.

We are delighted that our temporary proposals have been approved. As we gear up for a year of special events to celebrate our 150th Anniversary, this extra capacity will allow more people to get closer to the action during a landmark year in our Club's history. We are particularly excited about welcoming new spectators to the Rec, to enjoy the unique experience of watching Bath Rugby play at their spiritual home, and look forward to providing all our supporters, old and new, with a superb couple of seasons ahead, both on and off the field.

– Nick Blofeld, Chief Executive, Bath Rugby


Dyson to be Bath Rugby's new sponsor

Dyson has been revealed as Bath Rugby's new sponsor. The team has been the local club for the company's owner Sir James Dyson for more than two decades. He turned out with players and Club's owner to show off the new kit.

It's the first time the Aviva Premiership side has been supported by an international brand.

Premiership fixtures for Bath and Gloucester announced

Bath and Gloucester have both discovered their opening fixture opponents Credit: PA

The full fixtures lists for the upcoming Aviva Premiership Rugby season have been released.

The season gets underway on Friday 5th of September. New coach Laurie Fisher will take his Gloucester side to Northampton on the opening night.

Elsewhere Bath will face a trip to the North West to Play Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium.

You can see the full fixture list for the season here.

Friday 5th Sept - Northampton Saints v *Gloucester Rugby *

Saturday 6th Sept - Sale Sharks vs *Bath Rugby *

Bath & Gloucester stars prepare to face the All Blacks

Gloucester's Jonny May prepares to face the All Blacks Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Bath and Gloucester are well represented in Stuart Lancaster's starting line up as England prepare to play the All Blacks in Auckland on Saturday.

The team:

15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 26 caps)

14 Marland Yarde (London Irish, 2 caps)

13 Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 22 caps)

12 Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby, 2 caps)

11 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 6 caps)

10 Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby, 3 caps)

9 Danny Care (Harlequins, 47 caps)

1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 19 caps)

2 Rob Webber (Bath Rugby, 5 caps)

3 David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 34 caps)

4 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 19 caps)

5 Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers, 19 caps)

6 James Haskell (London Wasps, 50 caps)

7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt, 25 caps)

8 Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 20 caps)


16 Joe Gray (Harlequins, uncapped)

17 Matt Mullan (London Wasps, 3 caps)

18 Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks, 6 caps)

19 Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby, 10 caps)

20 Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs, 7 caps)

21 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 35 caps)

22 Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks, 7 caps)

23 Chris Pennell (Worcester Warriors, uncapped)

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