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The Bath Rugby International Round-Up

9 February 2015

The opening Six Nations weekend saw a raft of Bath Rugby players performing on the international stage. 

On Friday night at a raucous Millennium Stadium, an England team featuring no fewer than four Bath players in its starting line-up defied the odds to beat Wales 16-21. It was very much a Bath affair: not only did Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson score impressive tries - with Dave Attwood denied one by dint of an obstruction in the build-up - but George Ford was named Man of the Match in a memorable English victory in Cardiff. For Wales, Paul James was a replacement late on in the match. 

On Saturday night, it was a trio of Bath Academy players who took to the field for England U20s against Wales U20s at Colwyn Bay's Eirias Park. Lock Charlie Ewels, who at just 19 years of age has already captained Bath's senior team this season, was skipper for the evening, and he was joined by fellow Academy players Rory Jennings and Max Clark (10 and 12 respectively).

In this instance, it was the Welsh age group side who upset the form book, beating their English counterparts for the first ever time in a repeat of the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship final. Despite relentlessly attacking from deep in the dying moments of the match, England failed to break down the unwavering Welsh defence, losing 21-15

In Swansea's famous St Helen's ground on Sunday, Bath Rugby Foundation's Caryl Thomas played a significant part in Wales Women's first ever win against World Cup holders England Women, the loosehead helping her country to a 13-0 win.

Remember, you can come and enjoy all the upcoming Six Nations action at the Recreation Ground (more info here). 

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