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Prince Harry takes coaching session at Twickenham

Prince Harry is taking a coaching session for youngsters at Twickenham Stadium. Harry, who is patron of the Rugby Football Union All Schools Programme, is meeting schoolchildren to try and increase the number of pupils playing rugby in state schools.

Prince Harry as he takes a Twickenham coaching session Credit: PA Wire
Prince Harry takes a tumble during training Credit: PA Wire


Mayor inspects facilities from sports legacy fund

Boris Johnson is inspecting the new spectator stand and changing rooms at Streatham-Croydon Rugby Club, which have been built following a grant from his sports legacy fund.

Boris Johnson at Streatham-Croydon Rugby Club Credit: ITV News

The fund helps local clubs across the capital build new or refurbish existing sports facilities. The Mayor is meeting local youngsters who are benefiting from the new facilities.

The Mayor is inspecting the new spectator stand and changing rooms Credit: ITV News

London Welsh await outcome of appeal

Tyson Keats was found to be ineligible to play for London Welsh. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

The London Welsh rugby union team will find out next week whether their appeal against a five-point deduction and £15,000 fine has been successful.

An appeal hearing took place yesterday, over their punishment for fielding an ineligible player - New Zealander Tyson Keats - in 10 Premiership games.

Keats should have been eligible for an ancestry visa, due to his grandfather being born in England, but Mike Scott the former London Welsh team manager made a mistake in the original application.

Instead of reapplying, Scott told Keats' agent and the club that the visa had been successfully granted to the player. Meanwhile, Scott submitted false documents - including a forged passport - to the RFU in a bid to pass Keats off as English-qualified.

Scott has since been banned from rugby for life and cautioned by police for falsifying registration documents.

London Welsh argued they should not be blamed for fraudulent behaviour conducted by Scott, who was described in the original judgement as a "rogue employee".

The points deduction sent London Welsh bottom of the Premiership, two points behind Sale Sharks with five games left.

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Cameron 'on the ball' over school sport funding

Braving rain and an extremely muddy pitch, the Prime Minister - who said he used to play the position of hooker - passed a rugby ball around with children who were having a taster session at Millwall Rugby Club in east London.

Cameron announced that school sport is to get a £150 million a year cash injection Credit: PA Wire
A primary school with 250 pupils would receive £9,250 per year Credit: PA Wire
Cameron said: "We've got a crisis of childhood obesity at the moment so we want to see that cut." Credit: PA Wire


London Welsh win RFU Championship but what happens next?

London Welsh's Joe Ajuwa is tackled by Cornish Pirates' Aaron Penberthy Credit: PA

London Welsh have beaten the Cornish Pirates 29-20 (68-41 on aggregate) to become the RFU Championship winners.

The Championship Play Off Final Second Leg at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford.

A cloud hangs over the Exiles victory after a RFU panel ruled they had failed to meet the minimum standards for promotion.

The Exiles have said they will fight the RFU decision "tooth and nail" after being "misled" over promotion.

Gordon Ross kicks a penalty during the Championship Final at the Kassam Stadium Credit: PA

The RFU argued that because London Welsh did not have “primacy of tenure” at the Kassam they did not fulfil entry criterion.

That's despite founder members London Wasps, London Irish, Sale Sharks and Saracens all playing at football stadiums where they do not control the fixture list.

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