Live updates

Harrogate footballers crowned world champions

A squad of ex-professionals and veteran amateurs from Harrogate Veterans FC have been crowned football World Champions for the 4th time.

Harrogate Veterans FC have been crowned football Seniors World Champions for the 4th time Credit: Paul Bell

The Harrogate Veterans have represented England at the annual Seniors World Cup in Thailand for the past 10 years - the players are in their 40s and 50s.

They won the World Cup in 2016 and this year proved victorious again, defeating Iran 2-0 in the final in the torrid tropical temperatures of Northern Thailand.

The tournament was first played in 2006 following the devastating tsunami that hit the country.

Authorities hoped the competition, featuring teams from around the world, would help rebuild tourism after the disaster - and provide additional football coaching for underprivileged children.

Advertisement

Former Leeds RU stars set to face Argentina

Former Leeds rugby union stars George Ford and Danny Care are in the starting line-up for England to face Argentina on Saturday.

Former Otley schoolboy Danny Care Credit: PA

Care, 30, who was at Leeds Tykes between 2003 - 2006 before moving to Harlequins, and Ford, 24, who played twice on loan for Leeds Carnegie in 2012 are coach Eddie Jones' first choice half-back pairing for the first Test against the Pumas in San Juan.

George Ford, who went to Rishworth School , near Halifax Credit: PA

Former Castleford Tigers record-breaking winger Denny Solomona , who controversially switched codes last year, has been named on the bench.

The England team for Saturday's first Test in San Juan is:

England: M Brown (Harlequins); M Yarde (Harlequins), H Slade (Exeter), A Lozowski (Saracens), J May Gloucester); G Ford (Bath), D Care (Harlequins); E Genge (Leicester), D Hartley (Northampton, capt), H Williams (Exeter), J Launchbury (Wasps), C Ewels (Bath), M Wilson (Newcastle), T Curry (Sale), N Hughes (Wasps).

Replacements: J Singleton (Worcester), M Mullan (Wasps), W Collier (Harlequins), N Isiekwe (Saracens), D Armand (Exeter), J Maunder (Exeter), P Francis (Northampton), D Solomona (Sale).

Advertisement

  1. National

Hull closing in on appointment of former Russia coach

Slutsky could be heading to Hull. Credit: PA

Hull appear to be closing in on the appointment of Leonid Slutsky as their new manager as speculation intensifies over Marco Silva's replacement.

It is widely reported that the 46-year-old Russian, who has been living in London since January, has held talks with the Tigers.

Slutsky, who managed his country at Euro 2016, quit CSKA Moscow - where he won three titles - in December to focus on getting a job in England.

Silva resigned as Hull boss in May following their relegation to the Championship and has since taken over at Watford.

Load more updates