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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.

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.”

Council 'thrilled' at Rugby World Cup news

Responding to news that Brighton's new Amex Community Stadium has been chosen to host two games in the Rugby World Cup tournament in 2015, leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, Jason Kitcat, said:

I’m thrilled that we are hosting such a prestigious event. It’s great that the joint bid between the city council and Brighton and Hove Albion football club has been successful.

We have a strong track record of delivering major sporting events. The Rugby World Cup will bring thousands of visitors to Sussex who will be able to experience our fantastic cultural offering as well as our hotels and restaurants.

South Africa and Samoa to play in World Cup Brighton clashes

Brighton will host two international clashes in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, its been announced.

South Africa will face Asia at the Amex Community Stadium on Saturday, September 19. Somoa will then play Americas the day after.

Local councillor Geoffrey heobald said: “I was always confident that Brighton and Hove, and our fantastic new Community Stadium, would get the thumbs up from the World Cup organisers but it is a great relief to have it finally confirmed today.

"It will give a tremendous boost to the local economy with thousands of fans potentially coming to stay and spend their money in our hotels, restaurants, bars and shops."

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