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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:

Hull FC sign hooker Howarth

Hull have given a one-year contract to hooker Stuart Howarth.

Stuart Howarth Credit: Dave Howarth/DAH Sports Images/Press Association Images

The 24-year-old, formerly of Wigan, Wakefield, Salford and St Helens, will provide back-up to Danny Houghton.

"Hull is one of the biggest clubs in the league so I'm really pleased that Head Coach Lee Radford has been willing to offer me a deal at the club which I couldn't be happier with," Howarth said.

"It is extremely pleasing to know that I'm back in a good environment with a Super League club again."

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Halifax to host Women's Rugby World Cup trophy

The Women's Rugby World Cup trophy will be in Halifax following England's successful campaign in France this year.

England 's Katy Mc Lean trophy during the IRB Women's Rugby World Cup match England v Canada at the Jean Bouin Stadium in Paris, France, on August 17, 2014. England beat Canada 21-9 and win for the first time in 20 years. Credit: Press Association

A 21-9 victory over Canada in the final secured the title for the second time, 20 years after beating the USA in the 1994 final.

The trophy will be displayed at Ovenden Park on 28 February. To mark the event, Halifax Ladies will play Derby Vipers and the men's team will play York RI.

This is a fantastic honour for the club. With our game against Derby now taking place on the same day we are hoping that the appearance of the cup will act as an inspiration to the ladies and show what hard work and determination can achieve.

– Ladies head coach Matt Bradley

Service celebrates 150th anniversary of birth of rugby in Leeds

A service to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the game in Leeds was held earlier today at the City's Minster.

The commemoration included hymns, readings and poems. Among the congregation was the Leeds Rhinos first team squad. One of the speakers was England forward Jamie Jones Buchanan who talked of his faith and his passion for the sport.

Leeds Rhinos at rugby celebrations

Leeds Rhinos are at a celebration event to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of rugby in Leeds.

Leeds Rhinos team members at Leeds Minster Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott and England forward Jamie Jones Buchanan will speak at the service. The event will also remember the city's players who lost their lives in the First World War.

Crowds gather to celebrate 150 years of Rugby in Leeds

Crowds of people have been gathering at Leeds Minster to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Rugby in the city.

Leeds Minster prepares for service of celebration Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Expected to be among the congregation is the Leeds Rhinos first team squad , including new Aussie signing Adam Cuthbertson, who only arrived in the UK on Thursday evening.

People gathering at Leeds Minster for celebration service to begin Credit: ITV Yorkshire
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