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Bath have appointed the former England flanker John Hall as their first full-time director of rugby. Until now he has not been paid for his managerial efforts this season.

Morne du Plessis and Kitch Christie, who managed and coached South Africa to World Cup victory, will retain their posts for next year's tour by New Zealand.

Richard Goodey will be out of action until the new year after picking up a back injury in Newport's Heineken League victory at Cardiff last month.

Worcester have been given a pounds 1.2m National Lottery grant to fund a major ground development at Six Ways.

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