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Rugby: Where it all began

Preparations are already underway for the Rugby World Cup. It is the biggest sporting event of the year, and it is coming here to Yorkshire.

It will be hosted by England this Autumn, with a stop off at Elland Road in Leeds.

Lauren Hall has been to find out how the game evolved after a student playing football decided to pick up the ball and run with it:

Adam Lyth extends Yorkshire contract

Yorkshire and England Lions opening batsman Adam Lyth has signed a three-year contract extension, which will keep him at the club until at least December 2018.

Adam Lyth has signed a three-year contract extension, which will keep him at the club until at least December 2018. Credit: Press Association

The left-hander is currently on tour with the England Lions in South Africa and after a memorable 2014, which saw him win every major domestic player of the year award alongside Yorkshire winning their 33rd County title, Lyth is looking forward to another successful campaign across all formats.

Lyth scored 1489 Championship runs last term topping the run scoring charts with an average of 67.68.

With the Whitby-born opener playing the best cricket of his career, many in the game believe that Lyth is capable of reaching his potential and earning Test recognition in the next 12 months, which is an ambition he still wishes to fulfil.

I am delighted to be committing my long-term future to Yorkshire. It has been an incredible year for me and I just want to keep on improving. To play for this Club is very special and to contribute to our recent success is why we play. I dream of winning trophies for Yorkshire and after winning the Championship, I firmly believe this will be first of many. I have enjoyed playing with the England Lions this winter and I have a strong desire to play for England senior side, hopefully sooner rather than later. As a cricketer, you want to test yourself against the best. I would love to play for England. All I can do is work hard, continue to score runs and put myself in the minds of the selectors. I try not to think too much about that. All I want to do is play to my best and help Yorkshire continue to prosper.

– Adam Lyth

It was really easy to get Adam (Lyth) signed up for the long-term. He wanted to extend his contract and be part of our plans over the next few years. Lythie has always had a lot of natural talent. What we are seeing now is a growing maturity about his batting. He is potentially close to an England call-up, which is testament to his ability as one of the country’s leading players. The way he adapts to different situations is his biggest strength. We have seen him play a number of quality innings where he has had to work hard and apply himself. His ability to accumulate big runs was a factor in his success and we can expect another big year from him in 2015.

– Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket

Holocaust memorials to be held in region

Memorial services are being held across the region today to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Memorials to be held in memory of the Holocaust Credit: ITV Yorkshire

This year it is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland and we will be across the region at a series of events.

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