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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 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:

Bath move into second place after beating Newcastle

Semesa Rokoduguni was one of Bath's four try scorers at Newcastle tonight Credit: PA

Rugby and Bath put their European Champions Cup exit behind them as they faced Newcastle in the Premiership tonight.

And their energy paid off as the moved into second place, beating Newcastle 19-29. Ollie Devoto, Semesa Rokoduguni, Anthony Watson & Matt Banahan all crossed for Bath and George Ford kicked three conversions and a penalty.


Wins for Bristol City & Swindon at the top of League One

There were wins for Bristol City, Swindon Town and Bristol Rovers today.

Bristol City go into 2015 at the top of League One after a 3-1 win at Gillingham. Matt Smith scored twice with Scott Wagstaff also on target at Priestfield.

Swindon are up to second and just one point behind City after a 1-0 win over Port Vale. Andy Williams headed the winner with his 14th goal of the season.

In League Two, Cheltenham lost 1-0 at home to Newport, with their former striker Chris Zebroski scoring the only goal of the game.

In the Conference, Bristol Rovers had a convincing 4-0 win over Macclesfield. Andy Monkhouse, Nathan Blissett, Matty Taylor and Ellis Harrison (pen) with the goals at the Memorial Stadium.

While Forest Green's match at Wrexham was called off because of a frozen pitch.

Wins for Bristol City & Swindon keep it tight at the top

Substitute Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scored Bristol City's second goal from the penalty spot. Credit: David Davies/EMPICS Sport

Bristol City have won the West Country derby with Yeovil at Ashton Gate. Matt Smith and a Jay Emmanuel-Thomas penalty with the goals for City, before Ben Nugent pulled one back with a late long-range effort. Kieran Agard also missed a first-half penalty for the hosts. The Glovers are now bottom of the table after Crewe won at Oldham, while the win keeps Steve Cotterill's men at the top of League One.

They're one point ahead of Swindon, who had a convincing 4-1 win at Walsall. Andy Williams scored twice with Michael Smith and Massimo Luongo also on target.

In League Two, Cheltenham lost 1-0 at Exeter City. Tom Nichols scored the only goal of the game in the 62nd minute.

In the Conference, Forest Green Rovers twice threw away the lead against Kidderminster. A late goal giving the visitors a 3-2 win.

And Bristol Rovers won 2-1 at Torquay thanks to first-half goals from Matty Taylor and Neal Trotman. Rovers are now 2nd in the table, 9 points behind leaders Barnet.

Today's local football results.

Forest Green Rovers lose at home to Kidderminster

Forest Green Rovers have been beaten 3-2 at home by Kidderminster in the Conference.

Rovers led twice through Lee Hughes and James Norwood, but were pegged back on each occasion.

Aman Verma hit the winner for the visitors in the 81st minute.

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