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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.

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Fanzone location revealed in Exeter

The location of the Fanzone in Exeter for the forthcoming Rugby World Cup has been revealed.

Northernhay Gardens in the heart of the city will be open for thirteen days to allow supporters to share the World Cup experience.

The Webb Ellis Cup Credit: Exeter City Council

Each fanzone will include a big screen, rugby activities, food and drink and what organisers are calling "unique regional content". It'll have room for more than 5,000 spectators.

The trophy will also be in Exeter earlier in the year.

A map of the southern Fanzones Credit: England Rugby 2015

The Webb Ellis Trophy heads west

The Rugby World Cup will be on tour around the West Country later in the year.

It'll be in the South West between July 7th and 17th.

The Webb Ellis Trophy - heading west Credit: Exeter City Council

A full list of the South West locations:

  • July 7 - Isle of Scilly Five Islands School, Eden Project, and Perranporth Beach
  • July 8 - Plymouth University, Dartmoor National Park, Exmouth RFC, and Crediton RFC
  • July 9 - South West
  • July 10 - Sandy Park, and Woodbury Park, Exeter
  • July 11 - Exeter City Centre
  • July 12 - Weymouth Beach, Oakmeadians RFC and Devizes
  • July 13 - University of Bath, Odd Down Playing Fields, and Guildhall
  • July 14 - South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, and Bristol Grammar School
  • July 15 - Kingsholm Stadium, Hartpury College, and Gloucester Cathedral
  • July 16 - Gloucester Docks, Gloucester City Museum, and Cheltenham RFC

“We are looking forward to welcoming the Webb Ellis Cup to Exeter as part of the official Trophy Tour in June. Exeter is gearing up for a rugby celebration during Rugby World Cup.”

– Cllr Rosie Denham, Exeter City Council

Launching on June 10, 100 days to go to the opening match, the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour will travel through Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Wales and England before arriving at Twickenham Stadium on September 18 ahead of the Opening Ceremony.

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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.
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