England and Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes is hopeful of being fit for his country's upcoming tour of South Africa despite suffering a serious shoulder injury.
The 24-year-old sustained the injury during the opening day of England's third Test against Pakistan earlier this month, leaving England cricket bosses sweating over his fitness.
However, speaking during a visit of Kings Priory School in Tynemouth, Stokes said he is confident he will be fit.
England begin their 2015-16 tour of South Africa on December 15.
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Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson has extended his loan deal at Wolverhampton Wanderers until the New Year.
The 32-year-old initially joined the Championship side on a one-month loan in October, but he will now remain at Molineux until January 16.
Williamson has made three appearances for Wolves so far this season.
The former Newcastle Falcons Player Jonny Wilkinson has been awarded a CBE for services to Rugby.
The 36 year old, who also helped steer England to World cup victory in 2003, was presented with the award at Buckingham Palace. Wilkinson retired from the sport last year.
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