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Rugby World Cup trophy on show in Reading

The cup on show at the station Credit: ITV Meridian

Commuters passing through Reading Station this morning got a chance to see the Rugby World Cup trophy, ahead of next month's opening game.

Dozens stopped to have their photos taken with it as it passed through the town on it's 100-day tour of the UK and Ireland.

Jonah Lomu with the Rugby World Cup Credit: ITV Meridian

It then went on show at Green Park, along with with All Black star Jonah Lomu and England's Jason Leonard.

The tournament gets underway in September.


Rugby World Cup trophy tours the South

The trophy which the winners of the Rugby World Cup will lift in 68 days time is on a tour of the South. Special events are being held where fans can have their pictures taken with the Webb Ellis Cup and meet some of the stars of the game. Will Greenwood, who was part of the victorious England team in 2003, has visited a rugby festival in Oxford. Richard Jones reports

Rugby World Cup trophy comes to Oxford

Hundreds of people have been at events across the south as part of the build-up to the Rugby World Cup which starts next month.

They've had the chance to have their photos taken with the Webb Ellis Trophy, which the winning team will receive, and to meet the stars of the game. Will Greenwood, who was part of England's victory in 2003, was at a rugby festival in Oxford.

Fans flock to visit the Rugby World Cup in south

Rugby World Cup 2003 winner Lawrence Dallaglio holds the Webb Ellis Cup at Stonehenge, Wiltshire Credit: PA Wire

People from across the south are being given the chance to get up close and personal with the Webb Ellis Cup.

The trophy is going on a 100 day tour along the length and breadth of the UK ahead of the Rugby World Cup that begins next month.

Fans visiting the Webb Ellis Cup during the 100 day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour Credit: PA Wire


Rugby World Cup trophy visits Aylesbury

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The Webb Ellis trophy will come to Alyesbury Market Square between 2pm and 4pm this afternoon. Fans will get the chance to meet England Women's rugby player Maggie Alphonsi.

The Trophy will then visit Stoke Mandeville Stadium between 5pm and 9pm for a Rugby Festival celebrating Wheelchair Rugby. World cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio will join Maggie Alphonsi at the stadium.

Saints in Europa League action

Jay Rodriguez scores from the penalty point Credit: PA

Jay Rodriguez scored his first goal in almost 17 months as Southampton were held to a draw by FC Midtjylland in their Europa League play-off tie.

The England international had been out with a serious knee injury for much of that time and the relief was there for all to see as he emphatically thumped home an equaliser from the penalty spot to secure a 1-1 draw.

It was a returning Saints player who opened the scoring as Tim Sparv put Midtjylland ahead just before half-time, giving his side the advantage ahead of the return leg in Herning next week.

Finland international Sparv was part of the same youth side as Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Adam Lallana but never made it into the Saints' first team and although he did not celebrate he would have enjoyed his moment.

Saints hit back with an early second-half penalty, with Rodriguez slotting home his first goal since he struck twice in a 4-0 win over Newcastle on March 29 2014 - leaving the tie finely poised ahead of the return fixture.

Southampton boss Koeman conceded it was not a good result but praised his players for their second-half performance. He told BT Sport Europe: "It's not a good result at home, 1-1, but we had five or six very good chances. We have to look to ourselves and learn from tonight and to do things better next week."

Spectacle in the sky closes Cowes Week

Cowes Week went out with a bang yesterday - with the traditional firework display closing the eight day regatta.

The annual event on the Isle of Wight saw more than 6 thousand sailors - enthusiasts and professionals - competing on the Solent.

Cowes Week is one of the largest yachting regattas in the world and has been running since 1826.

Cowes Week draws to close with fireworks

The annual Cowes week regatta draws to it's traditionally spectacular finale tonight with the annual fireworks display - and on the water the week has seen sailors of all abilities on boats around the Isle of Wight.

One Winter Olympian - Lizzy Yarnold has swapped the skeleton for the seas - sailing with youngsters from the UK Sailing Academy.

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