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    • Team News: Eastmond and Hooper back for Bath Rugby

      Bath Rugby are boosted by the return from injury of key players for tomorrow night's match against London Irish at the Rec, kick-off 19.45.

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      Captain Stuart Hooper and inside centre Kyle Eastmond have both recovered to take part in the Club's penultimate home match of the regular season. 

      Paul James, Rob Webber and Kane Palma-Newport make up the front row, with Hooper and Dominic Day in the second row. Meanwhile, Sam Burgess starts his second Aviva Premiership match at blindside flanker, with openside Francois Louw and number eight Leroy Houston alongside him. 

      Peter Stringer and George Ford are named in the half-backs, and starting in the midfield for the 16th match this season are dynamic duo Eastmond and Jonathan Joseph. 

      Bath's back three of fullback Anthony Watson and wings Semesa Rokoduguni and Matt Banahan - all of whom scored in Bath's last outing, the 19-29 victory against Newcastle Falcons - will be looking to continue their fine form tomorrow night. 

      Bath Rugby team to face London Irish

      15 Anthony Watson
      14 Semesa Rokoduguni
      13 Jonathan Joseph
      12 Kyle Eastmond
      11 Matt Banahan
      10 George Ford
      9 Peter Stringer
      1 Paul James
      2 Rob Webber
      3 Kane Palma-Newport
      4 Stuart Hooper (c)
      5 Dominic Day
      6 Sam Burgess
      7 Francois Louw
      8 Leroy Houston

      Replacements

      16 Ross Batty
      17 Nick Auterac
      18 Max Lahiff
      19 Dave Attwood
      20 Matt Garvey
      21 Carl Fearns
      22 Chris Cook
      23 Ollie Devoto 

    • Twelve-try United wing it against Somerset

      Twelve tries, including seven through wings George Wacokecoke and Darren Atkins, saw Bath United romp to a 72-7 victory against a Somerset XV tonight at the Rec - the home side more than doubling their previous score against the county side.

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      Having already seen a Rory Jennings penalty attempt rebound off the upright, United had to wait until the 18th minute before registering the first points of the match. But they were worth it, as scrum-half Will Homer peeled off the back of a maul, drew Somerset's outermost defender and fed the onrushing George Wacokecoke to score. 

      It was to be the first of three tries for the winger in the first half, but the second of three kicks from Jennings that unluckily hit the woodwork. It was inside centre Owen Waters, replicating Homer's earlier draw-and-pass, who then put Wacokecoke in for his second try, before the wing then created the third all by himself with a straight sprint from halfway. 

      Jennings made the conversion for Wacocecoke's third score, and did likewise for fellow England U20s back Max Clark's try close to the end of the half, as the centre breezed through Somerset's 22 to touch down. 

      Perhaps the pick of tries in the first half belonged to Darren Atkins. Receiving the ball inside his own half, the winger stood up his opposite number with remarkable ease, stepped two more and then gassed his way to the line with speed to burn. Jennings couldn't quite make the conversion. 

      Half time: Bath United 29-0 Somerset XV

      Somerset did themselves no favours at the commencement of the second half, having a player sent to the sin-bin for an offence within minutes of the match restarting. Bullocking number eight David Sisi made them pay for the indiscretion, using every kilo of his considerable build to batter his way through for the sixth try of the night. Jennings converted. 36-0. 

      Somerset were offered some succour in the 52nd minute when they made a midfield break count, with some enterprising passing leaving the retreating United defence in disarray, before their number three crashed through for the try. With extras added, it was now 36-7. 

      Clark was instrumental in United's next two tries: first engineering a move that opened up a gap for Wacokecoke to score his fifth try (converted by Jennings), and then showing gas of his own as he powered up the wing before slipping a pass to newcomer Sid Blackmore to score. By now, United led 48-7 going into the final quarter. 

      Atkins then uncannily replicated his first-half score, proving there is no substitute for speed out wide. Jennings took United further into the lead with his conversion. Somerset made life harder still for themselves when they had another man sent to the bin. It made inside centre Owen Waters' job that much easier as he glided in for a try, converted by Jennings. 

      That was then followed up by an effortless touchdown from Homer, who showed a similar aptitude for shredding the Somerset defence inside their 22. 

      There was still time for one more try, and it duly came through Atkins, whose third try was set up by replacement back row Charlie Morris-Mean. The conversion was a kick too far for Jennings, but the fly-half had already orchestrated a landslide victory against United's county counterparts. 

      Full time: Bath United 72-7 Somerset XV

       

    • England Sevens star to join Bath Rugby

      England Sevens player Jeff Williams will join Bath Rugby next season.

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      A dynamic and powerful player - as prop or wing in sevens, and at centre or wing in rugby union - Williams made his national team debut at the 2012 Marriott London Sevens. He gave a hint of what was to come with an impressive solo score against Australia in the closing stages of the Twickenham tournament.

      In total the 26-year-old has scored 36 tries in his 20 tournament appearances on the HSBC Sevens World Series circuit. He was recently part of the successful squad that won the Tokyo Sevens event earlier this month, the first for England since 2013.

      South African-born Williams qualified to represent England through his English father, having played for the Hamiltons club in Cape Town and for the Sharks Academy before a spell in France at Federale 1 side Chateaurenard in Provence. He joined England's training camp in early 2012 before being awarded a full-time Sevens contract.

      Bath Rugby Head Coach Mike Ford said: "Coming from the world of sevens, Jeff offers dynamism and a high-tempo style of play. He also fits our policy of recruiting young English talent. The way he plays will really suit the attacking ethos we have here at Bath, and we're looking forward to him arriving at the Club."

      Williams said: "I have been honoured and incredibly thankful for the opportunity to represent England at sevens and all of the support I have received has been fantastic.  Being part of the Sevens programme has been a great way to develop and the time and attention from my coaches and conditioners has been world class. But I'm incredibly excited about the next stage in my rugby career and to be joining a club of Bath's calibre. The squad is full of world-class players, and the challenge of pushing myself forward for selection is one I'm really looking forward to."  

      Simon Amor, England Sevens Head Coach, said: "Jeff has been an important member of the squad and brought a real physical edge to our game. He has come through the Sevens programme and really developed as a player and now has an exciting opportunity to move back to XVs and play at a very good Premiership side. I am looking forward to seeing him bring his dynamism to Bath Rugby and would like to thank him for contribution to England Sevens."

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The ultimate aim of the Junior Membership Club is to inspire more children to lead fitter, healthier and more active lifestyles. We have set up an initiative called the ‘Children’s Challenge’ which is a set of fitness games created by the players aimed at girls and boys aged up to 15 years.

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