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Andrew Sheridan retires: England international forced to end career

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Kyle Eastmond scored one of Bath’s five tries in the club’s record 45-0 victory over Leicester

Gavin Henson tips Bath duo Kyle Eastmond and Jonathan Joseph to shine for England

Gavin Henson may be restricted to bonus-point cameos for Bath - witness his brilliant blind-side break and no-look pass for Olly Woodburn’s try at the last knockings of Saturday’s 31-24 loss at Northampton – but the desire to represent Wales still burns within him. And in the meantime, Henson is getting a close look at some of England’s most talked about talent in the Bath backline.

Ashley Johnson of Wasps is tackled by Mark Wilson of Newcastle
Marland Yarde of Harlequins is tackle by Don Armand and Ian Whitten of Exeter Chiefs
London Irish fly-half Shane Geraghty kicks the winning penalty
Dylan Hartley is tackled by Stuart Hooper

Northampton Saints vs Bath match report: Saints display strength in depth

Northampton 31 Bath 24: Northampton captain Dylan Hartley hails his squad’s resilience as they make light of injuries to bring Bath back down to earth

Alex Goode scores for Saracens
Leigh Halfpenny should make his belated Toulon debut next month

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Full-back has to prove his fitness ahead of autumn internationals

Kyle Eastmond scored one of Bath’s five tries in the club’s record 45-0 victory over Leicester

Bath's Kyle Eastmond reminds England while injuries maul Leicester Tigers

Eastmond excelled for Bath on Saturday

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