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Midlands Rugby World Cup team bases announced

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Double World Champions South Africa will be based in Birmingham Credit: PA

The University of Birmingham has been chosen as one of the bases for double World Champions South Africa during next year's Rugby World Cup.

A whole host of rugby clubs, universities and schools across the Midlands have been selected to host teams throughout the tournament, which begins on 18 September 2015 when England take on Fiji at Twickenham.

Loughborough University will welcome Namibia and Tonga for part of the competition, while Warwick School hosts Japan and Leicester Grammar School will provide a base for Canada.

Argentina will head to Cheltenham RFC and St George's Park, which will also provide training facilities for Ireland.

Meanwhile Romania and Samoa will spend part of the tournament based at Sutton Coldfield RFC.


Team kit stolen in Coventry City store ram-raid


We're investigating a raid at the CCFC store last night. 16 XXXXL shirts taken & others


The Coventry City football store was the scene of a ram-raid last night, with initial enquiries suggesting a Ford Focus reversed through the windows before a "large number" of the club's home and away strips were stolen.

Police were alerted to the raid at the unit on the Gallagher retail park shortly before 9.45pm last night.

Detective Sergeant Jon Fanti, from Coventry Police, said:

Initial inquiries suggest that around four people were inside the Ford Focus with four more travelling on two motorbikes.

The car sustained extensive rear end damage and the exhaust was torn off by the force of the collision.

I’m asking that anyone who may have seen the car or two motorbikes before or after the burglary to in touch.

Among the kits stolen were 16 of the new white away shirts size XXXXL. If you’re offered one of these at a price which it too good to be true, you need to think about how that person came by them and what they’ll be doing with your hard earned cash.

CCTV footage which may have captured the burglars in action has been secured.

Meanwhile forensic scene investigators are scouring the store for clues while the investigation continues.

Leicester City eyeing three new players

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Nigel Pearson wants to add to his squad before the transfer window closes Credit: PA

Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson is eyeing three new players before the end of the transfer window as the Foxes close in on Esteban Cambiasso.

Manager Pearson confirmed talks have progressed with the former Inter Milan midfielder, who is available on a free transfer.

The ex-Argentina international could be in before Leicester host Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday ahead of Monday's transfer deadline.

He is available after leaving Inter following 10 years at the San Siro and Pearson remains upbeat over the deal.

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Esteban Cambiasso playing for Inter Milan again Spurs in 2013 Credit: PA

Cambiasso is still a possibility. There's been progress over the weekend so I'm more hopeful than I was on Friday and Saturday but until there is a definitive answer I'm loath to talk too much. But I am hopeful it can be done in next couple of days.

We've been trying to do business and it has not materialised so far. But hopefully this week we can still do business and bring players in we want to bring in.

I recognise there is a need for added numbers and we have to do that in this window. There are subtle differences this year to last year.

We've been very positive but it is nice to have different options.

Two or three hopefully is the aim. It would be nice to be able to achieve that.

– Nigel Pearson, Leicester City Manager

Leicester host Shrewsbury, where Pearson started his career, in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday without Danny Drinkwater (hamstring), Jamie Vardy (thigh) and Matty James (shin).

Pearson added: "Danny will be introduced back into training this week so maybe available for the week. Matty's shin is still sore so we will have to take that one at the right pace especially with a break coming up."

Lancashire's Wayne White to make Derbyshire return

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Wayne White is to return to Derbyshire Credit: PA

Lancashire all-rounder Wayne White will make his return to Derbyshire on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

The 28-year-old, who began his career with the county in 2005, will be available for Derbyshire's remaining four LV= County Championship Division Two matches.

Elite performance director, Graeme Welch, said:

Wayne is a talented home-grown player who has gone away and proved himself in county cricket since coming through the ranks at Derbyshire.

He now returns a more experienced and more complete cricketer and - as a Derbyshire lad through and through - he'll certainly be giving it his all.

This loan agreement gives Wayne the opportunity to showcase himself by turning in some impressive performances.


FC Porto winger Varela signed by West Brom

Silvestre Varela has been signed from FC Porto.
Silvestre Varela has been signed from FC Porto. Credit: Kiko Huesca/EFE/Press Association Images

Silvestre Varela, former-FC Porto winger, has been signed by West Bromwich Albion on a season-long loan.

He arrives in the Black Country boasting an impressive Primeira Liga record of 30 goals in 115 starts, having won 26 caps for his country and scored five times.

The 29-year-old can also play on the left and fans will be hoping he will increase Alan Irvine’s attacking options.

The Portuguese international becomes the Baggies’ tenth summer signing.

Silvestre is a vastly-experienced player, both with Porto and his national team, and I’m delighted we’ve managed to secure his services.

He’s got pace and power, gets his fair share of goals and is also a creator of chances for others.

He’s a fantastic addition to our squad.

– Alan Irvine

Farah smashes 2 mile record to cement career comeback

Farah celebrating at the Birmingham Grand Prix at the National Indoor Arena.
Farah celebrating at the Birmingham Grand Prix at the National Indoor Arena last year. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Mo Farah marked his first appearance on a British track in more than a year, by shattering Steve Ovett's 36-year-old British record over two miles.

Farah has endured one of the toughest seasons of his career but shone once again at the Sainsbury's Birmingham Grand Prix.

Farah powered home to cross the line in eight minutes 07.85 seconds, blowing Ovett's 8mins 13.51 seconds out of the water.

The double Olympic, World and European champion's time was also a European record.

Mo Farah smashes 2-mile race record in Birmingham


8:07.85 on the clock for @mo_farah and if the British record was his target, then he smashed it by some distance. European record, too


The crowd roars @mo_farah on, as he has to run the final lap on his own. 8:13.51 is the NR for 2 miles, can he get it? YES HE CAN!

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