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Runciman to join Widnes Vikings

St George Illawarra have agreed to release versatile back Charly Runciman from his contract to enable him to join Widnes.

Runciman in action in the NRL Credit: PA Images

Runciman, who turns 22 on Wednesday, has made 12 first-grade appearances for the Dragons since making his debut against Penrith two years ago.

"Charly has received an opportunity to play regular first-grade football with the Widnes Vikings on a multi-year contract which he has opted to explore," said Dragons director of recruitment and retention Peter Mulholland.

"On behalf of the Dragons we would like to thank him for both his services and contributions to the club and wish him well for the future."

Runciman said: "I have had a couple of great seasons with the Dragons and will look back on my time here with fond memories.

"The opportunity however to play regular first-grade football with the Vikings was appealing to me and something that will help me progress as a player."

Fans flock to charity rugby match for hero Tony Barrow

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More than a thousand fans showed their support for a former rugby league player diagnosed with cancer.

Stars of the game joined supporters to raise money for Tony Barrow who played for Oldham and Swinton.

The father of three has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease.

Ou reporter Ralph Blunsom was there:

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Meet the triplets about to become TV's newest stars

Selma and Miraz Yolku with their triplets Lorin, Asmin and Robin. Credit: ITV News.

They say good things come in threes, and that's certainly true of the families who feature in a new ITV documentary called The Triplets Are Coming.

It follows the highs and lows of life during a multiple pregnancy and the mini stars of the show are Lorin, Asmin and Robin from Widnes.

Paul Crone volunteered for baby sitting duty and went to meet them:

  • The Triplets Are Coming starts this Thursday.

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Mercian Regiment march through Widnes

1st Battalion Mercian regiment march through Widnes Credit: ITV Granada

1st Battalion Mercian regiment marching through the streets of Widnes celebrating being given the Freedom of the borough.

1st Battalion the Mercian Regiment marching through Widnes town centre Credit: ITV Granada
Freedom of the Borough Parade through Widnes Credit: ITV Granada

Widnes player Alex Gerrard gets three year contract

Widnes Vikings' Alex Gerrard is tackled by Wakefield Wildcats' Kyle Amor (left), Danny Kirmond and Paul Aiton (right) Credit: PA

Widnes have given prop forward Alex Gerrard a new three-year contract.

Gerrard, 22, has been with the Vikings since the age of 16 and progressed through their youth system to establish himself in Super League.

Widnes coach Denis Betts said:

Alex has developed into one of the top young Super League props in the competition.

He's a prop who regularly is in the top five of every piece of data analysis that's measured.

We believe Alex has the potential to go really far in the game and we are pleased to have secured his services for at least another three years.

– Widnes coach Denis Betts
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