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England win Women's Rugby World Cup

England's women last won the Rugby World Cup in 1994.
England's women last won the Rugby World Cup in 1994. Credit: ITV News/Melissa Wright

England have won the Women's Rugby World Cup after beating Canada 21-9 in Paris.

It was England's fourth consecutive World Cup final, having lost all three previous finals to New Zealand, and their first triumph in the tournament for 20 years.

Former Miss Wales 'shocked and upset' over attack

Former Miss Wales and Beauty queen Sophia Cahill choked back tears as she told how Gough shoved her into the passenger door of his white VW campervan. She said she was "shocked and upset" after the attack, which happened when Gough arrived more than an hour late for a meeting at her home on the evening January 5 this year.

Sophia Cahill, former Miss Wales.
Sophia Cahill, former Miss Wales. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Giving evidence from behind a blue curtain, Miss Cahill had told the court: "I opened the passenger door and Ian just stormed around the front of the van. He had the front of my shoulder and he just flung me back."

Chairman of the bench Terry Carpenter told Croydon Magistrates Court the magistrates had found the evidence of Miss Cahill was "convincing" and backed up by Mr Bowers.

Read: Rugby star Gough found guilty of assaulting ex-girlfriend


Rugby star Gough found guilty of assaulting ex-girlfriend

The Welsh international rugby star Ian Gough has been found guilty at Croydon Magistrates' Court of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and former Miss Wales Sophia Cahill just weeks after she got engaged to pop star Dane Bowers.

Ian Gough.
Ian Gough. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Read: Rugby star Gough found guilty of assaulting ex-girlfriend

Mike Tindall retires from rugby union

Mike Tindall has announced that he is retiring from professional rugby.

The 35-year-old has been in the sport for almost two decades. During his career he has played for Bath and Gloucester and helped England win the World Cup in 2003.

He announced the news on his Twitter feed.


After 17 years It’s time to retire from rugby,I have been lucky to play with/against some great players,Two great clubs and had some amazing

Tindall is married to Zara Phillips who is 16th in line to the throne, the couple have a daughter called Mia Grace who was born in January.

England hero Jonny Wilkinson retires from rugby

The fly-half ended his glittering 17-year career at French side Toulon. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Former England rugby star Jonny Wilkinson has announced his retirement from the sport.

The 34-year-old confirmed in a statement he will hang up his boots at the end of the season.

Wilkinson most famously kicked the last-minute drop goal to seal England's World Cup victory against Australia in 2003.

O'Driscoll: 'I didn't want to take the Ireland shirt off'

After the thrilling 22-20 win against France in Paris that secured the Six Nations crown for Ireland, Brian O'Driscoll said he did not want to take his shirt off after the game because he knew when he did it would "be the last time".

O'Driscoll, whose international career has now ended, said: "I played on for one more year, hopeful to get a victory against the All Blacks - it didn't happen - and to win a Six Nations - and that did happen. You can't have it all, but you take the bits that you get."

He added: "Its been a fantastic Six Nations for us. I've enjoyed every second. It's an hour after the game and I don't want to take this jersey off yet, because I know when I take it off, that will be the last time.

"It will be weird if I start putting it on at home and start walking around in it. So I am kind of dragging it out a little bit."

Read: Ireland win Six Nations after Paris victory


Irish rugby team selfie celebrates 6 Nations win

The Irish rugby team celebrated their Six Nations win in true celeb style with a victory selfie with the trophy, taken by prop Cian Healy.

But England's players could only watch on from Rome, where they had earlier handsomely beaten Italy to take the championship down to the wire.

A thrilling 22-20 win for the Irish over France in Paris meant they claimed the title on points difference.


England squad watching the last 15 mins of France vs Ireland in Paris, with Ireland leading 22-20 #tense


Ireland win Six Nations after Paris victory

Ireland have pipped England to the Six Nations title after a nailbiting 22-20 victory over France in Paris.

reland's Andrew Trimble dives in to score his side's second try during the Six Nations.
Ireland's Andrew Trimble dives in to score his side's second try during the Six Nations. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

After England's crushing victory over Italy at lunchtime, a French win in Paris would have seen Stuart Lancaster's men take the title.

But a pulsating game saw Ireland run in three tries to give a fitting send-off to iconic centre Brian O'Driscoll in his last ever international game.

Rugby star Chris Ashton gets engaged in New York

Winger Chris Ashton, 26, has scored 18 tries for England. Credit: PA

Rugby star Chris Ashton has become engaged, sharing his joy just days after his close pal Mike Tindall and wife Zara Phillips became parents for the first time.

Ashton, a fellow England player, popped the question to nanny Melissa Uzelac as they enjoyed a break in New York.

But the sportsman told Hello! magazine that the proposal took a toll on his joints, saying: "My knee was sore from bending down - I must be getting old."

He said he had long been planning the proposal to his girlfriend of six-and-a-half years, during the holiday.

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