While the rugby world cup plays to packed houses across England, the rise of wheelchair rugby league continues to win a new following.
It's the European Championships this week, with a strong North West presence.
Chris Hall has been to meet the players at Mersey Storm in Widnes to find out more about the sport that's growing in the shadow of Super League.
St George Illawarra have agreed to release versatile back Charly Runciman from his contract to enable him to join Widnes.
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."
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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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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Widnes coach Denis Betts has signed 12-month contract extension taking him through to the end of 2017.Read the full story ›
1st Battalion Mercian regiment marching through the streets of Widnes celebrating being given the Freedom of the borough.
Troops from the Mercian Regiment will return to Cheshire for a parade today. The 1st Batallion will walk through Widnes and Runcorn for a Freedom of the Borough march.