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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

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Rugby World Cup trophy will tour Meridian region

Today marks a hundred days until our region plays host to the Rugby World Cup. And at Twickenham this afternoon, the route was announced of a country-wide tour to be made by the Rugby World Cup Trophy.

It will arrive in our region on the 30th of August - at the World Cup host city of Brighton. A couple of days later it will make its way along the coast to Eastbourne - arriving there on 2 September. The next day, it moves on to Maidstone before heading out to Southend on 5 September.

Today, Prince Harry - and rugby royalty like Jonny Wilkinson - kicked off the countdown.

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Record breaking rugby score of 212-nil

Another score for the winning side Credit: Dorset Dockers

A rugby match in Dorset ended with a recording breaking score with the home side winning 212 - nil!

Winning the line out helped dominate the game Credit: Dorset Dockers

Spectators at Saturday's match between Dorset Dockers and Dorchester II may have witnessed a new record for a winning margin in competitive British rugby union.

Running in for another try Credit: Dorset Dockers

The rout saw Dorset Dockers run riot with sixteen players scoring a try each.

Chairman Jeremy Cook told ITV Meridian that he had never seen anything like it.

"I can't thank them enough" Rugby player tells how fans saved his life

Rugby fans have saved the life of an off duty firefighter when he collapsed with a heart attack during a game in Kent.

The supporters used the club's defibrillator to shock Mark Jones back to life. Doctors say their actions undoubtedly saved him and now, after hospital treatment, he's recovering at home in Eastly, near Sandwich.

Andrea Thomas has been hearing his remarkable story. She spoke to Mark, his wife Jo, his son Ben and Kate White, who helped to save Mark.

Rugby fans save firefighter after pitch collapse

Mark Jones this lunchtime. Credit: Andrea Thomas

Rugby fans have saved the life of an off duty firefighter when he collapsed with a heart attack while watching a game in Kent.

The supporters used the club's defibrillator to shock Mark Jones back to life. Doctors say their actions undoubtedly saved him. He's now recovering at his home near Sandwich after hospital treatment.

Football chief - rugby staging success 'fabulous'

A general view of the AMEX Stadium, home of Brighton and Hove Albion. Credit: PA

Brighton and Hove Albion executive director Martin Perry said: "We are absolutely thrilled that the stadium and city has been chosen as a host venue for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and are now relishing the prospect of hosting four teams and two matches at one of the world's biggest sporting events.

"Right from the outset when we were planning the stadium, we recognised that the need for a new permanent home for Brighton & Hove Albion could also create an opportunity for new facilities to meet the wider sporting and community needs in Brighton, Hove and the South of England.

"We promised that the stadium, more than any other building, would have the ability to shape a city, it puts the city on the map, has the power to change people lives and represents a community's pride and aspirations.

"Our successful joint bid is just another legacy of that promise. Rugby fans in this area will be able to play their part in a global occasion which is going to put the stadium and Brighton & Hove on the world stage.

"We have two years to wait, but we are looking forward to providing a fabulous spectator experience and hope we can help provide many memories of what promises to be a truly unforgettable event.”

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