"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.
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.”
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."
The London Welsh Rugby Football Club, which is based in Oxford, has released a statement about its disappointment after losing an appeal against its five points deduction for fielding an ineligible player.
The statement reads:
London Welsh RFC is extremely disappointed by the Independent Appeal Panel’s decision to uphold the five-point deduction and £15,000 fine against the club, with regard to the charge that it fielded an ineligible player, Tyson Keats, in ten Aviva Premiership matches this season.
However, the club welcomes the Panel’s decision to remove the suspended five-point penalty imposed until the end of the 2013-14 season, and believes that this action justifies its decision to appeal.
The club also believes that this cause of action was necessary to restore the good name of the London Welsh RFC, as once it became clear what had happened, the club made every effort to “remedy the situation” and did not, at any stage, deliberately attempt to deceive the RFU. A point acknowledged by the panel in their findings.
– London Welsh RFU statement
The statement concludes:
The club maintains, however, that it has ultimately been punished for the completely unnecessary fraudulent actions of one individual, whose actions the panel accepted “could not have been predicted”.
“The club is hugely disappointed by the decision of the Independent Appeal Panel to uphold the five-point deduction for this season.
“We are particularly disappointed for the players, who’ve given everything they can for the club, and ultimately it is they who have been punished for something completely beyond their control.
“However, there are still four games remaining in the season and the focus and efforts of the players, the coaching staff and everyone at London Welsh is now on those remaining matches.”
It's been confirmed that Alex Corbisiero has signed for Northampton Saints for the 2013/14 season. He's been with Reading based London Irish for 7 years. The club plays its home games at the Madejski stadium.
Alex joined London Irish as an 17 year old.
During his seven years at London Irish he has played 76 games for the Club.
London Irish Director of Rugby, Brian Smith said: “We are sad to see Alex go. We made him a very attractive offer to stay earlier this season but unfortunately Alex feels his future is elsewhere.
He is an Academy product who has gone through to the first team and on to the International stage and we are immensely proud of that. have some crucial games left this season and I know Alex will give his all in those games before departing for Northampton.”
London Welsh RFC have confirmed that they will play the home leg of their Championship final against Cornish Pirates at Oxford United's Kassam Stadium.
London Welsh say they have taken this opportunity to showcase the Kassam Stadium, because it is one of the grounds where the club could play next season if they are promoted to the Aviva Premiership.
It is the home of Oxford United F.C. but the stadium was always designed for rugby as well as football. It offers high quality playing and spectator facilities plus excellent floodlighting which was a factor in the club’s decision.