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Women's Rugby World Cup trophy comes to Midlands

England beat Canada in the final 21-9 Credit: Christian Liewig/ABACAPRESS.COM

The Women's Rugby World Cup trophy will arrive in the West Midlands today.

Earlier this month Lichfield's Emily Scarratt led the team to victory in the World Cup against Canada, scoring 16 of England's 21 points.

It is the first time England have been crowned world champions since 1994.

The trophy will be in Birmingham later outside the Council House in Victoria Square.

Lichfield's Emily Scarratt Credit: Photo by Christian Liewig/ABACAPRESS.COM

Ed Slater named Leicester Tigers' club captain

Leicester Tigers' Ed Slater Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Ed Slater will be Leicester Tigers' club captain for the 2014/15 season.

Slater made his debut with the Tigers four years ago after returning from Australia.

He is fast approaching 100 first team appearances for the club.

He succeeds Toby Flood.


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England women celebrate World Cup win with fans

The bus carrying the rugby union women's World Champions England stopped outside a Paris bar to allow the players a sing-along with supporters.

Rugby journalist Nick Heath tweeted this video of the victorious side singing England's rugby anthem 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' with fans at the bar.

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Lichfield star inspires England's Rugby World Cup win

Lichfield centre Emily Scarratt led England's Women's Rugby team to a 21-9 World Cup win over Canada. She scored 16 points from a try, conversion and three penalties, with her 74th-minute solo touchdown securing the world title glory at the Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris, setting off jubilant celebrations.

It is the first time England have been crowned world champions since 1994, and it ends a run of three successive World Cup final defeats, all against New Zealand.

The Prime Minister and many others, including Midlands' rugby clubs have tweeted their congratulations to England's players after their historic win.

The Lichfield star Emily Scarratt who played a huge part in the win also tweeted a picture after the game.

Park rangers baffled by mystery appearance of carrots

A ranger spots one of the piles of carrots Credit: Severn Trent Water

Rangers at Draycote Water park near Rugby in Warwickshire say they are baffled by the mystery appearance of piles of carrots.

The mounds have been left in random places at the Severn Trent Water visitor attraction on a number of occasions.

Piles were found on:

  • 31 March
  • 12 May
  • 16 July
  • 25 July
  • 1 August

They are appealing for help to find out who is leaving them at the park, and why...

We’re really puzzled by this one...

They don’t get eaten by wild animals like rabbits; they simply remain in little piles, so we’re picking them up.

At first we thought it was just a one off, but then more kept arriving. So we’ve been taking them to Ollie’s Yard, a sanctuary for horses and ponies, nearby.

We’d like them to be used by a good cause, but we’re also keen to understand why they’re being left at Draycote Water.

– Thomas Crawford, Draycote ranger
The carrots are being given to a nearby horse sanctuary Credit: Severn Trent Water

Rangers are asking anyone who might know why the carrots are being left at Draycote to tweet them.

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