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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.

RUGBY: Bath's Watson to start for England

Watson touches down for Bath during the Amlin Challenge Cup Final in May Credit: PA

Bath rugby wing Anthony Watson will start his first international for England in Saturday’s QBE International against South Africa at Twickenham.

The 20-year-old replaces injured Bath Rugby teammate Semesa Rokoduguni on the right wing. It follows his cameo appearance from the bench in last weekend's 24-21 defeat against New Zealand.

Anthony has been pushing hard for a while and has been in impressive form for Bath and in training with us.

It was great that he got on against New Zealand and we feel he is ready to start.

– Stuart Lancaster, England Head Coach


Burgess says Bath will be a "cracking experience"

Former Rugby League star Sam Burgess has signed a three-year-contract with Bath. He says it is going to be an "exciting couple of years" and his first impressions of the city are good.

I had a little walk around the city this morning - it's a beautiful place, it's absolutely stunning. I've not spent a lot of time down here in the south (of England) but for now... what I've seen of it and the people I've met, it's been fantastic. It's going to be a cracking experience I can tell.

– Sam Burgess

You can see Matthias Kurth's full interview with "Slammin' Sam" here:

Sam Burgess pulls on a Bath shirt for the first time

Sam Burgess appears at the Rec for the first time Credit: ITV News

Rugby League star Sam Burgess has made the switch to Rugby Union. He signed a three year contract with Bath but his start was delayed while he recovered after fracturing his cheekbone and eye socket in the NRL Grand Final.

Burgess, who's 25, was hurt six seconds into the match, his last league game before switching from League to Union, but played on to help South Sydney Rabbitohs win the title.

He was at the Rec this morning, wearing a Bath shirt and meeting the media for the first time.

Here's a brief clip of the moment Slammin' Sam posed for the cameras.


Extended interview with retired rugby star Mike Tindall

Rugby World Cup winner Mike Tindall has announced he's retiring from the game. The 35 year old is one of the West's most successful players, having enjoyed a 17 year club career at both Bath and Gloucester.

Most recently he's been coaching, but he's now decided to call time on his career to pursue media opportunities.

Watch ITV's extended interview with the Rugby star, where he talks about his career ups and downs, his retirement and his infamous nose.

Tindall: "I've had some amazing times"

Gloucester Rugby player Mike Tindall says he has had some "amazing times" after announcing his retirement.

The 2003 World Cup winner took to Twitter to confirm his decision and to thank his supporters:

Mike Tindall retires from professional rugby

35 year old Tindall signed up with Gloucester in 2005 Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Gloucester Rugby player Mike Tindall has confirmed he is retiring from the sport. The 2003 England World Cup winner was not offered a renewal on his contract at Kingsholm at the end of last season. He's decided to pursue opportunities in broadcasting.

Bath & Gloucester youngsters defend Junior World Championship Rugby title

The England Under 20 team containing four Bath and Gloucester players have successfully defended the Junior World Championship, beating South Africa.

It was by the most slender of margins though - and the telling contribution came from Gloucester's Billy Burns, younger brother of Freddie who plays for England's senior test side tomorrow. He kicked a pair of penalties and a conversion to clinch the 21 points to 20 win at Eden Park in Aukland.

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