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Prince Harry in Stockport for rugby skills workshop

Prince Harry joined an RFU-backed community rugby programme in Alexandra Park in Stockport to get youngsters to play the sport.

Harry is Vice-Patron of the Rugby Football Union Credit: ITV Granada

The RFU has partnered with StreetGames, as part of their Try for Change initiative designed to promote and broaden the reach of rugby to more young people in local communities.

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Harry gets involved in the skills workshop Credit: ITV Granada

As Vice-Patron of the RFU, Prince Harry is keen to support the organisation's efforts to make rugby more inclusive across society, and in doing so, use the sport to help tackle a number of significant social challenges around educational and social inclusion, mental and physical wellbeing, unemployment and community cohesion.


Warrington start the season without Stefan Ratchford

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Warrington will start the new season without England utility back Stefan Ratchford and two of their new signings, Mitchell Dodds and Ryan Bailey.

Ratchford and former Brisbane Broncos prop Dodds are still recovering from knee and wrist surgery respectively and will sit out the Wolves' opening Super League match against defending champions Leeds at Headingley on February 4.

Bailey will also miss a reunion with his old Rhinos team-mates after being booked in for surgery in London next week to correct a mystery complaint that has dogged him for the last two years.

Southport charity rugby game aims to break world record

An attempt to stage the world's longest game of rugby is underway at Southport Rugby Club.

World record attempt at Southport Rugby Club. Credit: ITV Granada

It's been organised by Gareth Lang who's trying to raise 12,000 for his daughter Ella, who has with cystic fibrosis.

He's trying to buy her a 'physio vest' which could help reduce her chances of picking up infections.

World record attempt at Southport Rugby Club. Credit: ITV Granada

It is hoped the match will last over 24 hours, beating the current world record for the longest game of rugby played.

To donate please visit Southport Rugby Club's fundraising page.

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.


Prince Harry to visit Greater Manchester

Prince Harry sharing a joke with Salford fire fighters on his last visit to Greater Manchester. Credit: PA

Prince Harry will visit Greater Manchester today where he will help out at a rugby training session and meet fire fighters.

The Prince, who is patron of England Rugby’s All Schools Programme, will take part in a training session for teachers which hopes to get more of them to become rugby coaches and enable more young people to take up the sport.

Later, he will meet fire fighters from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and talk to some of the young people involved in their community cadet scheme.

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