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Cueto calls on the RFU to stage more internationals in the North West

Mark Cueto meets fans with the Webb Ellis Trophy. Credit: ITV News.

Former Sale winger Mark Cueto has called on the RFU to stage more internationals in the North West.

Cueto, a World Cup finalist in 2007, today took the famous Webb Ellis trophy to Manchester's Central Library to let fans get a glimpse of what's up for grabs this autumn.

England will play Uruguay at the Etihad Stadium in their final World Cup group game. But that's their only match away from Twickenham.

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Suspected MERS outbreak closes Manchester Royal Infirmary A&E

Manchester Royal Infirmary. Credit: Manchester Royal Infirmary.

The Accident and Emergency department at Manchester Royal Infirmary has been closed because of a suspected outbreak of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome.

Two patients have been isolated, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said.

It added that there is "no significant risk to public health".

The Trust gave no indication as to when the A&E department may reopen.

“We are currently investigating two patients for suspected Middle Eastern Respiratory Virus Syndrome – Coronavirus Infection (MERS-CoV).

"Both patients have been isolated for on-going clinical treatment and management of their condition.

"We would like to reassure our patients and the general public that there is no significant risk to public health.

"Manchester Royal Infirmary Accident and Emergency Department will be closed until further notice while further investigations take place.”

– Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Rugby World Cup continues its tour of the North West

The Rugby World Cup is touring the North West. Credit: Press Association.

The Rugby World Cup is continuing it's tour of the North West ahead of the competition which gets underway in September.

The Webb Ellis Trophy will travel from Bury, where a choir will perform Rugby Anthems at the Rock Shoping Centre, to St Helens Rugby Club which will host a Tag rugby competition featuring local youth rugby clubs.

Later the trophy will visit Crosby beach, alongside the iconic Another Place statues and travel to another of the region's iconic landmarks, Blackpool Tower.

  • 08:00 - 10:00: The Rock Shopping Centre, Bury.
  • 11:00 - 13:00: St Helen's Rugby Club.
  • 14:00 - 16:00: Crosby Beach
  • 18:00 - 20:00: Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

To find out more about the Rugby World Cup click here.

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