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Jonathan Davies: Wales centre set to miss 2015 World Cup

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Prop ready to fight for Premiership play-off spot this weekend and World Cup starting place in the autumn

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Sam Burgess is the best in the back row, insists Bath coach Mike Ford – but is Stuart Lancaster listening?

The England boss has a significantly greater interest in Burgess the centre than in Burgess the flanker

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