Live updates

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)

Advertisement

Bath Rugby sign Japan's Amanaki Mafi

Amanaki Mafi Credit: Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby have signed Japan number 8 Amanaki Mafi.

He'll arrive at the end of January - as soon as the Japanese season has finished. The back row's contract will run until the end of the 2015/16 season.

Mafi played a starring role in this year's Rugby World Cup, scoring against Scotland and the USA.

I’m really looking forward to arriving at Bath. They are a very compelling side to watch play, and I know that joining them will be the best environment for me to continue developing my game. I’m also looking forward to a new adventure in England. I’ve had a great time in Japan, and would like to thank everyone at NTT Shining Arc for their support.

– Amanaki Mafi

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:

Advertisement

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. [](http://www.bathrugby.com/news/denton-signs-for-bath-rugby/) 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.

Load more updates