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Sam Burgess has "earned the right" to play at RWC15

Sam Burgess during today's England training session at Pennyhill Park, Bagshot. Credit: PA

Bath's Sam Burgess is among a host of players from our region named in the England squad for the Rugby World Cup which starts next month.

Six players from Bath and 2 from Gloucester are among the 31 selected by head coach Stuart Lancaster. This is what he had to say about the former rugby league international's call up.

Several local players picked for England's rugby world cup squad

Sam Burgess is among the players who have been picked for the England squad Credit: PA

Six players from Bath Rugby and two from Gloucester Rugby have been picked for England's rugby world cup squad.

David Wilson, George Ford, Sam Burgess, Anthony Watson, Rob Webber and Jonathan Joseph - all from Bath - along with Ben Morgan and Jonny May from Gloucester - will be taking place in the global event on home soil.

Critics - among them Will Carling - argue that Sam Burgess has been rushed into England's World Cup squad too soon, but the management have been swayed by his destructive defence and leadership.

Meanwhile, Ben Morgan proved his fitness in training this week having played just 40 minutes since breaking his leg in January.


Rugby World Cup trophy greeted by Roman soldiers

Former Bath player and Rugby World Cup winner Mark Regan poses with the trophy. Credit: ITV West Country

Former Bath player and Rugby World Cup winner Mark Regan has been leading the Webb Ellis Cup across the North West.

This morning it was greeted by traditional Roman soldiers at Hadrian's Wall to mark 50 days until the start of the tournament.

Mark Regan told ITV News West Country that "excitement is building" for the event and he is "throughly looking forward" to England playing at Twickenham.

This morning the trophy was greeted by traditional Roman soldiers at Hadrian's Wall. Credit: ITV West Country

Webb Ellis Cup comes to Kingsholm

The Webb Ellis Cup Credit: Anwar Hussein/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

The Rugby World Cup is on show today at the only venue in our region to host part of the tournament later this year.

Schoolchildren have been given the chance to have a photograph with The Webb Ellis Cup at Gloucester's Kingsholm ground. 2003 winner and Gloucester coach Trevor Woodman then hosted a question and answer session.

Trophy arrives in Gloucester

The Webb Ellis Trophy at Kingsholm Credit: ITV Westcountry

The Webb Ellis Trophy has arrived at Gloucester Rugby Club as part of its tour of the west country. It's at the Kingsholm ground which will be the only one in the region to host World Cup games in September.

The first World Cup match at Kingsholm will be Tonga versus Georgia on Saturday September 19th.


School haka greets Rugby World Cup in Bath

Schoolchildren perform the haka at Bath Uni Training Village Credit: ITV Westcountry

Children from Oldfield Primary School and Banes Youth Dance Company staged their own version of the haka for the arrival of the Rugby World Cup in Bath.

The famous Webb Ellis Trophy arrived at Bath University's Sports Training Village at the start of its tour of the west country. Further details here.

100 days to go until the Rugby World Cup

Gloucester is a host city for the Rugby World Cup 2015 Credit: England Rugby 2015

It's 100 days to go until the start of the Rugby World Cup 2015. Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester is one of 13 match venues.

To mark the countdown in the city local schools, clubs, and community groups allocated some of the 500 tickets available to Gloucester City Council as a host city.

It’s exciting that we are only 100 days away from the kick off of the Rugby World Cup 2015.

These 500 tickets give the opportunity for local groups to witness world class Rugby up close and personal.

It’s a great gesture that really embraces the spirit of bringing people and nations together through this fantastic spectacle of sport.

– Cllr Paul James, Leader Gloucester City Council

Gloucester will get an official Fanzone for the upcoming Rugby World Cup. Gloucester Quays will be open for 11 days to allow supporters to share the World Cup experience.

As well as the 100 day countdown to the start of the Tournament, the Webb Ellis Cup starts its journey around the UK and Ireland as part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

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