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Taken together, the sighs of relief from the England coaching team at the end of this minor Premiership classic at Kingsholm were enough to constitute a gale force wind. Toby Flood looked very sharp at outside-half for Leicester; his colleagues Dan Cole and Geoff Parling applied God's amount of pressure, at scrum and line-out respectively; Freddie Burns reinforced the already overwhelming impression that he is an international No 10 in waiting; Billy Twelvetrees did something similar with regards to the No 12 position. But for some dodgy throwing from the hooker Tom Youngs, who would be positively lethal on a darts oche, it was just about perfect.

Freddie Burns scored 17 points

Gloucester display flair and determination

Gloucester 27 Leicester 21

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Andy Hazell

Former England flanker Andy Hazell hit with lengthy ban after attacking opponent

Former England flanker Andy Hazell has been hit by a 14-week suspension.

Andy Hazell repeatedly attacked Sebastian Ormaechea

Gloucester's Andy Hazell smacked with 14-week ban for attack

Gloucester knew it was coming, and today it arrived – a long ban that will keep Andy Hazell, the long-serving flanker who commands the respect of supporters in the Kingsholm Shed, out of rugby until the new year. Hazell was handed a 14-week suspension for repeatedly punching Sebastien Ormaechea, a prop with the French club Mont-de-Marsan, during a fractious Amlin Challenge Cup pool match earlier this month.

Government under pressure to halt preparations for the badger cull after e-petition

The Government is under pressure to halt preparations for the badger cull after an e-petition launched by Queen guitarist Brian May forced a debate in the House of Commons.

Hazell alone in the dock despite French 'gouging'

Andy Hazell, the Gloucester flanker sent off for throwing a volley of punches at the Mont-de-Marsan prop Sébastien Ormaechea during a roughhouse Amlin Challenge Cup match in France five days ago, may be planning to make severe provocation the basis of his mitigation, but he will not be helped by the tournament's disciplinary machinery. Despite the Gloucester's allegations of dirty deeds by Mont-de-Marsan, no member of the home team will face a charge arising from the game.

Andy Hazell

Andy Hazell claims he was provoked following frenzied attack on opponent during Amlin Challenge Cup clash

Gloucester flanker Andy Hazell has claimed that he reacted to provocation in last night's Amlin Challenge Cup clash against French club Mont-de-Marsan. 

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Editorial: A last-minute reprieve for badgers?

It is good news for badgers that British scientists have made a breakthrough on a vaccine against TB among cattle. Last year 26,000 cows were slaughtered after contracting bovine TB, which evidence shows can be transmitted by Mr Brock and his relatives. The bad news for badgers is that the European Union has to approve the new vaccine. This may take years.

Breaking point: Gloucester's Billy Twelvetrees tries to avoid a tackle in the fierce derby match against Bath

Burns proves too hot for smouldering Bath

Gloucester 16 Bath 10: Fly-half leads Gloucester's second-half comeback amid TMO controversy

Imminent badger cull prompts 'police fatigue' fears

Police officers could become exhausted because they cannot book any more leave this year as a result of the imminent badger cull, it has been claimed.

UK holiday rentals among the best, reveals TripAdvisor

Travellers rate UK holiday rental accommodation as some of the best in the world, it was revealed today.

A licence to kill badgers to reduce the spread of bovine tuberculosis has already been granted in west Gloucestershire.

Tewkesbury Borough Council refuses to support badger cull on its land

A council close to an area where a badger cull is set to go ahead to tackle TB in cattle will not support culling on its land.

A licence to kill badgers to reduce the spread of bovine tuberculosis has already been granted in west Gloucestershire.

Forest of Dean District Council bans badger culling on its own land

Councillors in the area where a badger cull is set to go ahead to tackle TB in cattle have moved to ban culling on council land.

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