BATH RUGBY Team news, Joseph update & new date

Bath Rugby roundelFijian scrum half Niko Matawalu make his first Premiership start for Bath Rugby at Wasps (1400ko).

After edging an intense opening encounter 19-17 at home to Exeter Chiefs, Bath make two changes for tomorrow’s inaugural trip to Coventry's Ricoh Arena: Ollie Devoto comes in at outside centre for his 70th club appearance, and Matawalu makes his first Premiership start.

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TEAM NEWS Nowell wings back in for Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs logoEngland World Cup match-winning try scorers Henry Slade and Jack Nowell return to the Exeter Chiefs starting XV for tomorrow’s Premiership home opener against London Irish (1800ko).

Centre Slade’s start at 13 is one of three changes Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter has made to the side that started last Saturday’s 19-17 opening defeat at Wescountry rivals Bath.

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GLOUCESTER RUGBY Five changes to winning starting XV

Gloucester Rugby crestGloucester Rugby introduce five new faces to the side that won 39-27 at Newcastle last Friday as they take on defending Aviva Premiership champions Saracens at Kingsholm tonight (1945ko).

The Cherry and Whites are boosted by the return of players from Rugby World Cup duty.

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ENGLAND RUGBY World Cup squad 2015

england rugby red roseEngland have announced their squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The 31-strong group of 17 forwards and 14 backs – drawn from eight Premiership clubs – will open their campaign against Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on September 18.

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EXMOUTH RFC target promotion play-off spot

Exmouth RFC head into today’s crucial National League 3 South West home game against Oxford Harlequins knowing that victory will give them an opportunity to play in National Two next season (1430ko).

Recent wins over Newton Abbot, Bracknell, Hornets, Old Patesians and Old Redcliffians means the Cockles are set to secure an end of season play-off spot with two games remaining.

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TEAM NEWS Nowell takes centre stage for Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs logoAs expected Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter has recalled the nucleus of players rested for the recent LV block of games for today’s top five Premiership clash away to Leicester Tigers (1500ko).

Just two of today’s starters – Carl Rimmer and Mitch Lees – were involved in last Sunday’s LV=Cup final.

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