Thomas is expected to join Bath at the end of the season while Gaskell has been linked with a move to London Wasps
Glasgow Warriors gave themselves an outside chance of pipping Cardiff Blues for second place in Heineken Cup Pool Two when they hit back from 10-0 down to win 15-10 at Exeter.
George Ford will be the talk of the town if, as widely assumed, he replaces the France-bound Toby Flood in a revamped England squad this afternoon, but the 20-year-old Bath outside-half's promotion has not been at the top of the red-rose hierarchy's agenda in recent days. Stuart Lancaster and his lieutenants are far more concerned with issues up front, where injuries to important players are making life very complicated indeed.
Harlequins lock George Robson insists the club’s domestic and European campaigns hinge on the “Big Game Six” against Exeter at Twickenham today.
Billy Vunipola was in Tiggerish mood against the Leicester Tigers as Saracens stayed on top of the Premiership with a six-try, 49-10 win at Allianz Park. The all-action England No 8, playing on Sarries’ blind-side flank, spilt a coupled of restarts amid the wind and rain, scooped up an errant opposition put-in at the scrum, scored a third-quarter try and stepped mischievously into every position at rucks and mauls: offside and on.
Amid an avalanche of points against their hapless Italian opponents, Bath quietly eased a director of rugby out of his seat. It has been a curious week in the West Country – business as usual on the pitch and, in a way, business as usual off it, going by the last three years under the ownership of Bruce Craig.
Bath have sought to clarify the circumstances of Gary Gold’s departure as director of rugby by stating his removal followed a disagreement over his role.
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By going back to the future in the scrum – the set-piece has reverted to a proper examination of strength and technique this season, thank the lord – rugby’s legislators have given Bath the clearest possible view of the road ahead.
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Home side blow away the west Country outfit in a brutal first-half display that saw the contest over after 40 minutes
Bath’s high-profile coaching group led by Gary Gold arrived midway through 2012, so by necessity they spent last season, when the Rec crew finished seventh out of 12 in the Premiership, juggling their predecessors’ resources. Not any more. As Matt Banahan, the scorer of Bath’s second try in Saturday’s 27-20 win over Leicester, put it: “You have always got a settling in period with coaches and with players. Coaches obviously want their squad and the players they want to come in, and sometimes they are working with players when they would rather have different ones. So this year we have had that teething out of the way and we have got a squad we want to build on.”
Stand-off who helped Tigers win Premiership final kicks 17 points as his new Bath side hang on
But Tigers depart the West Country with a crucial bonus point and will be happy with the afternoon's work