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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.

Bath begin their journey ahead of their biggest game in a decade

Bath Rugby's squad are on the road to London this evening ahead of their biggest game in a decade.

Mike Ford's men take on Saracens tomorrow in the Premiership Final at Twickenham and 80,000 supporters are expected to make the journey to watch them try to become league champions.

Here's what Head Coach Mike Ford had to say.

Winning is the most important thing, I think you know you dont get to these finals just to lose you know we've sacrificed all these stuff all year all these fitness sessions on a tuesday in the rain and stuff like that to get to these finals and to be able to win them you know. you want to go home with a gold medal round your neck

– Anthony Watson, Bath player

It's been a long journey for Bath who last reached the final in 2004 only to lose to Wasps. Bob Crampton's been looking through the archive to see what lessons Bath can take into tomorrow's showdown


Bristol Rugby in the first leg of Championship play-off semi-finals

Bristol Rugby start their final push for promotion with their Championship play-off semi-finals tomorrow.

Bristol finished top of the table after only losing one match all season and now face a two-legged semi final against Rotherham, starting at Ashton Gate.

Andy Robinson Director of Rugby at Bristol says the team still needs to perform well over the next few weeks.

A draw for Gloucester at Kingsholm

Henry Purdy runs in to score a try that ends up not being given Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA

A 33-33 draw for Gloucester in their Premiership match against top of the table Northampton Saints.

The Cherry and Whites were leading 23-9 at the break. But the final score saw Gloucester fall to ninth place in the table.

RUGBY: Home wins for Bath and Bristol

Tonight's results Credit: ITV News

Both Bath and Bristol have been in action tonight - with Bath recording their first Premiership victory for almost two months after beating Sale at the Rec 12 - 3.

It puts them second in the table behind Northampton.

Full-back Tom Homer kicked four penalties to halt Bath's worrying Premiership losing run Credit: PA

In the Championship, Bristol secured a resounding win over Nottingham at Ashton Gate, beating the visitors 51 - 17 and earning themselves a bonus point.


RUGBY: Dramatic win for Gloucester at Kingsholm

Tonight's score Credit: ITV News

Gloucester have been in action in the Premiership, hosting Saracens at Kingsholm.

James Hook celebrates kicking a 50m penalty that won Gloucester the game Credit: PA

The visitors led throughout the game until a James Hook penalty deep into stoppage time took the Cherry and Whites ahead to win 24-23.

Gloucester and England's Ben Morgan is stretchered off early in the second half Credit: PA

Gloucester and England no 8 Ben Morgan was stretchered off with a leg injury leading to fears for the Six Nations tournament, which is just weeks away.

Prop Nick Wood was also carried off with what looked like a neck injury.

RUGBY: New deal for Gloucester's Ben Morgan

Ben Morgan with the Cook Cup after winning the QBE International match in November Credit: PA

England international number eight Ben Morgan has signed a new contract to extend his stay at Gloucester.

Morgan, who was named recently as the winner of the QBE Man of the Series Award for his performances for England in the Autumn internationals, is currently in his third season with Gloucester.

He moved to Gloucester in the summer of 2013 and has already made nearly 50 first team appearances for the club.

He is the third current England international to agree a new contract with the club this season, following in the footsteps of Matt Kvesic and Jonny May,

We're absolutely delighted that Ben has signed a new contract with the club. He's a key part of our plans going forward and it was very important to us to secure his services.

He's been in excellent form in recent months, both for club and country, and seems to be enjoying his rugby hugely.

Most importantly though, he is happy with the direction that we're heading in and with our ambitions for the club. He wants to be part of that going forward and we're delighted that he's on board.

– David Humphreys, Director of Rugby, Gloucester
Ben Morgan is tackled during a game against Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm in September Credit: PA

The Cherry and Whites number 8 is delighted to have signed on the dotted line.

Having been away with England for a few weeks in the autumn, it was great to come back to Gloucester and sign a new contract. I'm really grateful to the club for the smooth way it's been handled.

Everyone knows how much Gloucester Rugby means to me and my family, so I'm delighted to be staying. I'm enjoying my rugby and being part of a talented group of players that are improving week by week.

I genuinely believe that there is a bright future for the club, and look forward to being part of that. I can now focus on my game and playing my part in the club's future. It's very exciting.

– Ben Morgan, Gloucester and England

Slammin' Sam gets his first start for Bath

Sam Burgess' start with the club was delayed due to injury Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Bath Rugby have confirmed Sam Burgess will make his first start for the club against Montpellier tomorrow night.

The Rugby League convert will continue to play at centre for the European Champions Cup match at the Rec.

Francois Louw will make his first appearance of the season after recovering from an injury while on international duty in September. Read more from Bath Rugby.

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