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Rugby players appeal for help to feed the homeless

Rugby players from Worcester Warriors have launched an appeal for help to feed the homeless in Birmingham.

The club’s lock forward, Dean Schofield, has called for businesses in the city to donate food to the SIFA Fireside Centre in Digbeth which can be used to give breakfasts to those in need.

He said a decline in donations in recent months means the service is at risk of failing.

Worcester Warriors in action on the pitch Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA

Each Monday morning, players from the Aviva Premiership club bring food to the centre which they cook and serve.

SIFA Fireside works to tackle homelessness and alcohol abuse. Around 120 people use the centre every day.

The players have helped serve more than 800 breakfasts since they got involved in September last year.


Giant inflatable ball breaks post at rugby match

The inflatable brought down the cross bar Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Worcester Warrior's Aviva Premiership match away at Gloucester was delayed this afternoon, after a giant inflatable rugby ball brought down the cross bar of the posts at one end of the pitch.

Once the game did get underway at the Kingsholme Stadium, it did not go so well for Worcester, who lost 12-6.

Staff work to repair the post ahead of kick off Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Players loan opposition kit after coach fire - full story

Swansea players generously donated some of their equipment to Worcester Warriors after some of the team's kit was destroyed in a fire which engulfed their coach.

While everyone on board escaped unharmed, their kit was not so lucky.

Fortunately, the Ospreys generously offered up some of their own to allow yesterday's match to go ahead with just a 90 minute delay.

Investigations are ongoing into what caused the blaze.

Darryl Murphy has the full story.


Investigation underway after rugby team bus fire

An investigation is underway after a rugby team's bus was destroyed by a fire, as it traveled along the M5 in Gloucestershire.

The coach, which was being used by the Worcester Warriors, was destroyed in the blaze.

Club officials have told ITV News Central they are 'concerned' about how quickly the vehicle was engulfed with flames.

Warriors' coach blaze caught on video

Thick plumes of black smoke billow into the sky as flames rage at the rear of the Worcester Warriors' official team coach in a video captured by a passing car.

The severe blaze was caught on camera by the passenger of the car, before emergency services arrived.

The coach caught fire as the team travelled along the M5 to Swansea for a match.

The video was uploaded to YouTube by Natasha Phipps.

Dramatic images show Warriors' team coach ablaze

Flames took hold of the Worcester Warriors' team coach as players travelled along the M5 this morning.

A passer-by captures the fire which broke out as the rugby team travelled to Swansea Credit: @jtderbylad

All staff and players are said to be safe and well. It's not yet known how the fire started.

The coach was reduced to little more than a metal shell after firefighters managed to put out the blaze.

A metal shell is all that is left of the team coach after the fire this morning Credit: AP / @swoooper7

The match will now go ahead later than scheduled, at 4.30pm.

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