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Cardiff's fanzone to see 100,000 fans this week

Cardiff's rugby world cup fanzone is expected to greet 100,000 fans this week.

Official figures from tournament organisers show that across the UK, 568,000 fans have made the most of the fanzones.

Not only have we seen fantastic attendance at matches during Rugby World Cup 2015 with over 1 million fans already enjoying great rugby in our match venues, but the official fanzones are proving extremely popular with over half a million fans enjoying the celebration of rugby up and down the country.

– Stephen Brown, England Rugby 2015 Managing Director


Samson Lee unfazed by talk of ghost at Wales' World Cup hotel

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Samson Lee has revealed talk of ghostly goings-on at Wales' World Cup hotel in Surrey.

The 19th Century Oatlands Park Hotel in Weybridge is known for tales regarding sightings of the so-called "grey lady" in a crinoline dress, while room 1313 on the hotel's third floor has a history of guests reporting extreme temperature changes and the feeling of a "presence".

The hotel, which dates back to 1856, stands on the site of the Tudor royal palaces of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

A few boys think they've seen a ghost, but I'm not sure they actually have. I think it's best to stay away from room 1313. It has been discussed over food and stuff like that, and Dan Lydiate isn't happy about it. He actually thinks he's seen a ghost, but I think he's dreaming

– Samson Lee, Wales Prop

Dan Lydiate and Taulupe Faletau have said they've seen a couple of ghosts, but I haven't seen any. I am sure a few of the boys are playing a few pranks, like hiding in the cupboards. But fingers-crossed, I haven't seen any ghosts yet.

– James King, Wales back row

Any cheerful paranoia about the paranormal, though, will certainly not hinder preparations for next Saturday's World Cup Pool A decider against Australia at Twickenham, with Welsh spirits high after booking a last-eight place.

Unbeaten Wales know that victory over the Wallabies - a feat they have not accomplished since 2008 - would see them progress as top seeds and into a probable quarter-final appointment with Scotland or Japan.


Ched 'always maintained he was wrongly convicted'

Ched Evans Credit: PA

People supporting Ched Evans have released a statement following the news that his conviction is being referred for appeal.

They say they welcome the decision for the conviction to go to appeal adding: "Ched and those who closely support him, have always maintained that he was wrongly convicted and using new information that was not presented at his trial, we expect that in time his conviction will be quashed."

Ched Evans conviction referred to Court of Appeal

Ched Evans's conviction for rape has been referred to the Court of Appeal.

He previously denied the charge but was sentenced to five years' in prison.

Ched Evans's conviction will go to the Court of Appeal Credit: PA

The decision of the Commission is not a judgment on guilt of innocence in relation to Ched Evans, nor is it a judgment about the honesty or integrity of the victim or any other person involved in the case.

Our role is to consider applications to see if, in our judgment, there is any basis on which to ask the court to hear a fresh appeal – that is our statutory responsibility.

In this case we have identified new material which was not considered by the jury at trial and which in our view might have assisted the defence. In those circumstances, it is right and proper for the matter to be before the Court so that they can decide whether or not the new information should affect the verdict in this case.

– Richard Foster, Chair of the Criminal Cases Review Commission,
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