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Manchester poised for super Saturday

Manchester is preparing for one of the busiest sporting nights in its history.

Nearly 150,000 people will descend on the city tomorrow for three separate events: the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford, England's Rugby Union World Cup match at the Etihad, and there's World Championship boxing at Manchester Arena.

ITV correspondent David Chisnall looks ahead:


Check out the reception the Rugby World Cup Trophy received on its final day in the North West

Thousands of people braved the bad weather to come out and see the Rugby World Cup on the final day of it's tour across the North West.

The Webb Ellis Trophy is travelling around the country to celebrate the World Cup which kicks off in September. Our sports correspondent David Chisnall spent the day with the biggest prize in the sport.

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.

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What kind of welcome did the Rugby World Cup get when it arrived in the North West? Find out here.

With the countdown on to the kick off to this year's Rugby World Cup the famous Webb Ellis Trophy has begun it's tour around the North West.

First stop was a visit to Sandbach RFC where it was given a guard of honour.

Over the next week it'll be travelling across our region.

David Chisnall reports.


Countdown to the Rugby Union World Cup

Rugby is coming home this year as England hosts the Rugby Union World Cup.

For the first time the North West is getting in on the action as Manchester City's Etihad Stadium has been chosen as the only venue outside of Twickenham to hold an England group game.

On October the 10th England will take on Uruguay at Eastlands as rugby union moves away from it's traditional heartland in the south.

And as David Chisnall has been finding out it's one of a number of locations being used in our region ahead of the game.

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