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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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Police release picture of missing 14-year-old girl

Police have released a picture of a 14-year-old girl who has been missing since yesterday.

Heidi James, who is also known as 'Beth', is believed to have left her home address in Main Street, Long Lawford, Rugby, sometime after 4:30am on New Year's Day.

Heidi James has been missing since yesterday Credit: Warwickshire Police

She has links with Northamptonshire, including Corby and Wellingborough.

She is described as white, 5’7” tall, slim build with shoulder length black hair usually tied in a ponytail. She is believed to be wearing a black onesie with pink hearts on and a dark purple sweater and brown ugg boots. She was not wearing a coat.


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Police appeal to find missing 14-year old girl

Police in Warwickshire are appealing for help to find a 14-year old girl who went missing earlier today.

Heidi James, who's also known as Beth, from Lawford near Rugby, is believed to have left her home after 4.30 this morning.

Officers say Heidi has links to Northamptonshire, including the Corby and Wellingborough areas.

She's described as white, around 5ft 7in and of slim build with shoulder-length black hair. She's believed to be wearing a black onesie with pink hearts on it, a purple sweater and brown Ugg boots.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Warwickshire Police.

Past and present stars of SA rugby attend memorial

The captain of the 1995 Rugby World Cup winning team, Francois Pienaar, is giving interviews in the FNB stadium ahead of today's memorial.

Also present is the current Springbok captain Jean de Villiers.

Pienaar: 'I would run through walls' for Mandela

Former South African rugby captain Francois Pienaar recalled the moment he met Nelson Mandela before the team won the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Pienaar said he was shocked to see Mandela wearing the Springboks jersey, adding, "He turned around and my number was on his back.

"That was me. I would run through walls [for Mandela], I would play until I can't play."


Prince William to watch Welsh Rugby Union match

The Duke of Cambridge has arrived at the Millennium Stadium to watch Wales play South Africa for the Prince William Cup.

William, vice patron of the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), arrived at Cardiff Heliport this afternoon ahead of the hotly anticipated 5.30pm match.

The Duke of Cambridge talks to David Pickering (left) chairman of the WRU and Roger Lewis (centre) chief executive WRU. Credit: Dimitris Legakis/Sunday Telegraph/PA Wire

In a statement before the match, William - who will present the Prince William Cup following the match - described the Welsh side as "special".

The Duke of Cambridge meets injured rugby players during a visit to the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Credit: Dimitris Legakis/Sunday Telegraph/PA Wire

"It has been an amazing year for Welsh rugby with our triumph at the Six Nations and the Welsh contribution to the British and Irish Lions' historic success in Australia."

William added that he was glad the WRU was taking the time to honour veterans with poppies and a minute's silence, ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

Rugby 'hero' Steve Prescott dies after cancer battle

Former St Helens, Hull and Wakefield full-back Steve Prescott has died from stomach cancer aged 39, the Rugby Football League announced today.

A minute's silence was held at Saturday's afternoon's England and Fiji World Cup match and another tribute will take place at Ireland's match against Australia this evening.

Prescott represented both nations - in Hull and Limerick.

Steve Prescott dies after battle with cancer. Credit: PA

RFL chief executive Nigel Wood said: "It is with deep sadness that we have learned of the death of Steve Prescott. Our thoughts are with his family at this terribly sad time.

"The word 'hero' is over-used in sport but Steve was just that: a role model for every young rugby league player during his distinguished playing career and an absolute inspiration to all of us off the field".

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