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Last minute heartache for Gloucester Rugby at start of new season

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The new Premiership rugby season kicked off tonight, but there was last minute heartache for Gloucester at Kingsholm.

Leicester turned around a 24-point deficit to secure a dramatic victory at Gloucester. The final score was 31-38.

It's three years since a new coaching structure was put in at the club and fans were hoping their side could push for a place in the top 4.

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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Gloucester Rugby sign Crusaders scrum-half Willi Heinz

Heinz in action for the Crusaders (in red) Credit: PAUL MILLER/AAP/Press Association Images

Gloucester Rugby have signed Crusaders scrum-half Willi Heinz.

The 28 year old, who will join next season, will bolster Gloucester's half back options with the current Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw and hugely promising Callum Braley already in the squad.

Heinz has represented the Crusaders over 50 times and even has a Facebook page set up by the fans dedicated to him.

Willi has been a stand out performer in a Canterbury side that hasn't finished any lower than fourth in Super Rugby since 2001. His experience of playing in that competition, for such a successful franchise will be a very welcome addition to our squad.

– David Humphreys, Director of Rugby

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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