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Northampton Saints sign French star Louis Picamoles

Louis Picamoles is one of the stars of French rugby Credit: PA

Northampton Saints have announced the signing of France and Toulouse star Louis Picamoles for next season.

Number 8 Picamoles was part of the French World Cup squad which reached the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup last month.

He scored in their 13-62 loss against New Zealand in the knockout stages of the tournament.

“It is going to be an honour to become part of a club as prestigious as the Saints. I’m really looking forward to learn more about the club, my future team mates, to play in the Aviva Premiership and to immerse myself in the English culture, especially my first big derby against Leicester!"

– Louis Picamoles

Firefighters rescue bull with head stuck in tree

Firefighters have come to the rescue of a bull which had its head stuck in a tree.

The bull with its head in a tree Credit: Twitter/@WarksFireRescue

Crews from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue received the call just before 11am this morning, and went to Barby Road in Rugby.

It took them just over an hour to free the bull.

Fire crews used "Specialist Large Animal rescue equipment" to free the bull Credit: Twitter/@WarksFireRescue


Rugby men sentenced for production of cannabis

Two men from Rugby have been jailed for possession with intent to supply cannabis and production of cannabis.

Grzegorz Klocek Credit: ITV News Central
Krzysztof Stanczyk Credit: ITV News Central

Grzegorz Klocek, 25, from Howkins Road in Rugby, was found guilty on Monday of possession with intent to supply cannabis and production of cannabis. He was sentenced to 27 months in prison at Warwick Crown Court

Krzysztof Stanczyk, 33, also from Howkins Road, was also found guilty of possession with intent to supply cannabis and production of cannabis. He received the same sentence.

In February, Warwickshire Police officers discovered a large scale commercial cannabis set-up in a property in Rugby that had evidence of a recently harvested crop.

They discovered dried cannabis with a potential street value of between £2,940 and £3,360. The officers also seized over £1500 in cash and the cannabis growing equipment.

Eight Midlands players in England squad for crucial Rugby World Cup clash against Wales

Leicester and England brothers Ben and Tom Youngs are both named Credit: PA

Eight players from Midlands teams have been named in the England side to play Wales in their crucial group stage Rugby World Cup clash on Saturday.

More than a third of the starting fifteen are from teams in the region, with two more on the bench:

  • Tom Youngs (Leicester)
  • Dan Cole (Leicester)
  • Courtney Lawes (Northampton)
  • Tom Wood (Northampton)
  • Ben Youngs (Leicester)
  • Jonny May (Gloucester)
  • Joe Launchbury (Wasps) - Substitute
  • James Haskell (Wasps) - Substitute

England won their opening match against Fiji, claiming a crucial bonus point in the process. Wales currently are top of Pool A on points difference, with England in second.

William Webb Ellis and Martin Johnson feature in Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony Credit: ITV Sport

Rugby schoolboy William Webb Ellis and Leicester Tigers legend Martin Johnson featured in tonight's Opening Ceremony for the Rugby World Cup.

Webb Ellis, who is credited with inventing the sport when he picked up the ball and ran with it at Rugby school, was played by an actor.

He scaled a human pyramid of rugby players to rescue the Rugby World Cup Trophy, known as the Webb Ellis Cup, before placing it upon a stand.

An actor plays Rugby schoolboy William Webb Ellis Credit: ITV Sport

Leicester Tigers legend Martin Johnson then took to the stage as each country was represented by one of their rugby greats. Johnson, who captained the national side to the trophy in 2003, was representing England.

Martin Johnson represents England at the Opening Ceremony. Credit: ITV Sport
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