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'Oldest ever' rugby photograph found at Rugby School

The 164-year-old photo Credit: SWNS

A photograph believed to be the earliest ever taken of an official rugby match, taken on the pitch where the sport was invented, has been found after years of lying on a dusty shelf.

The previously unseen image dates back to 1851 and shows players lining up on the pitch where William Webb Ellis famously created the game when he picked up a football and ran with it in his arms.

Rugby School in Warwickshire Credit: SWNS

The 164-year-old black-and-white image shows members of Rugby School - wearing what initially appears to be cricket whites - preparing for a scrum down.

The picture was discovered in the archives at Rugby School in Warwickshire.

An old drawing of rugby being played Credit: SWNS

"We didn't play a match with any team outside of school until 1867, so this would have been an internal game between two houses."

"It was taken on The Close, the grounds at the centre of our school, in an area know as Bigside - where the game began."

"The exact date is unclear so we don't know the score - but scores at the time were just a record of the number of goals kicked."

– Rusty MacLean, Rugby School Museum's librarian and archivist


Police appeal as cyclist badly injured in hit and run

The woman was knocked off her bicycle on this roundabout Credit: Google Maps

Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was injured in a hit and run.

It happened on the A4071 in Cawston at 3:30pm on Saturday, on the roundabout that connects to the B4643 Coventry Road.

The victim - a 67 year-old woman - was knocked from her bicycle by a black BMW Coupe as she cycled around the island. The BMW then left the scene without stopping, and drove off towards the A45.

The cyclist was taken to the University Hospital in Coventry suffering serious head injuries, which are not thought to be life-threatening.

Police are appealing for any information to the trace the car and identify the driver and any passengers.

Travel: M6 Southbound - Warwickshire

The M6 Southbound is closed due to accident investigation work following an earlier overturned vehicle between Junction 2 M69 / A46 (Coventry) and Junction 1 A426 (Rugby / Lutterworth).

A diversion is in place. Exit at Junction 2 and follow triangle symbol via M69 Northbound. Use the M69 to Junction 1, then join the A5 eastbound and continue to the junction with the A426 then take the A426 southbound to re-join the M6 at J1.

Police hunt man wanted for recall to prison

Jamie Baker Credit: Warwickshire Police

Police are asking for the public's help in tracing a man from Rugby who is wanted for recall to prison.

Jamie Baker has been recalled to prison by the probation service for breaking the terms of his licence.

The 38 -year-old was released from prison last month after serving 11 years in jail for robbery and wounding.

"We are keen to trace Jamie Baker as soon as possible and would ask the public not to approach him if they see him, but to call police.

"Mr Baker has a number of connections to the Rugby and Nuneaton area"

"If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, we would urge you to contact us."

– Investigating officer T/DS Gardner


24-year-old man dies in A45 car crash

A man who died as a result of a collision on the A45 on Sunday 26 July has been named as 24-year-old Ashley James Foley from Rugby.

24-year-old Ashley James Foley died on 26 July. Credit: Warwickshire Police

Ashley suffered fatal injuries after his vehicle collided with a tree on the A45.

The incident occurred at around 12:45pm on Sunday 26 July.

Family and friends of Ashley are devastated by his loss and kindly request their privacy be respected at this difficult time.

Investigating officers would still like to hear from anyone who witnessed this incident, or has information which could help with their enquiries.

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101, quoting incident number 212 of Sunday 26th July.

The Webb Ellis Cup comes to Victoria Square

Birmingham City Council House in Victoria Square Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Webb Ellis Cup will be in Victoria Square this afternoon.

The famous trophy will be on display in front of the Council House between 2:00pm and 5:45pm and inside the Council House between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.

The area is being transformed for rugby activities which the public can participate in.

What is the Webb Ellis trophy?

The Webb Ellis Cup Credit: Tim Goode/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Webb Ellis Cup is the trophy awarded to the winner of the Rugby World Cup.

The trophy is named after William Webb Ellis, who is often credited as the inventor of rugby football.

Mr Webb Ellis was born on 24th November 1806 in Salford. He moved to Rugby in Warwickshire and was educated at Rugby School, before going to Oxford University.

The cup is currently touring the UK and Ireland ahead of this year's Rugby World Cup, which is being hosted by England.

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