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Bristol Rovers back in court to seek an appeal

The Memorial Stadium in Bristol. Credit: Anthony Devlin / PA Archive/PA Images

Bristol Rovers are due back in court today to seek an appeal against a judge's ruling.

The judge found in favour of Sainsbury's after they pulled out of a deal to buy the club's Memorial Stadium.

The £30 million agreement would have enabled Rovers to build a new ground on university land on the outskirts of the city.


Rugby World Cup trophy greeted by Roman soldiers

Former Bath player and Rugby World Cup winner Mark Regan poses with the trophy. Credit: ITV West Country

Former Bath player and Rugby World Cup winner Mark Regan has been leading the Webb Ellis Cup across the North West.

This morning it was greeted by traditional Roman soldiers at Hadrian's Wall to mark 50 days until the start of the tournament.

Mark Regan told ITV News West Country that "excitement is building" for the event and he is "throughly looking forward" to England playing at Twickenham.

This morning the trophy was greeted by traditional Roman soldiers at Hadrian's Wall. Credit: ITV West Country

Fans to stay away from City's game at Hillsborough

There were queues around the block for tickets for City's final games in League One Credit: ITV News

Bristol City fans have expressed outrage at the price of tickets for the side's first away game back in the Championship.

The board of Bristol City's Supporters Club & Trust have decided to stay away because they think £39 is extortionate.

Nobody’s calling for a boycott, we just think it is a step too far. We think many City fans will vote likewise and choose not to go. Maybe in that way Sheffield Wednesday will get the message that this is unreasonable. After all, it will only cost Reading fans £25 when they go to Hillsborough. Where’s the sense in that?

– Stuart Rogers, Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust

A spokesperson for Bristol City has issued this response

Ticket prices for this fixture are set by the home club and not by Bristol City FC. We will always look to set fair prices for supporters at Ashton Gate as we look to attract as many fans along as possible to support the team.

– BCFC spokesperson

The game will take place at Hillsborough on Saturday 8 August.

Warming up for Women's Ashes

The England Ladies team leave a trail of kit bags as they warm up in Taunton Credit: ITV News West Country

The England Ladies Cricket Team are warming up at the County Ground in Somerset ready for the first match in their Ashes Series tomorrow, Tuesday 21 July.

While the men may have been defeated by Australia at the weekend, the women's side are hoping to make it three wins in a row.

For Vice Captain Heather Knight, Tuesday's match will be like playing at home.

I grew up playing for Somerset Academy and did a lot of training here as a youngster. I see it as my home ground in the West Country and it's always lovely to come back here. I absolutely love it.

Lots of family and friends are coming on Tuesday for my 50th cap so I'm really looking forward to it.

– HEATHER KNIGHT England Vice Captain


Bath centre Ben Williams retires owing to injury

A shoulder injury has forced Ben Williams to retire Credit: Tim Ireland/PA

Bath centre Ben Williams has been forced to retire from rugby due to a shoulder injury. The 26-year-old former England U16 and U18 cap made 37 appearances for Bath, scoring five tries, but did not feature in the 2014-15 campaign after suffering a shoulder injury in a pre-season match against Scarlets which required surgery.

"It's a real shame to see such a talented player having to retire from the game so young. Every time he took to the field we saw what he was capable of, so it's a pity that injury has curtailed such a promising career."

– Mike Ford, Bath Rugby Head Coach

Rovers to appeal against High Court ruling

Bristol Rovers will appeal against a High Court decision that allowed Sainsbury's to pull out of a 30 million pound deal for the Memorial Stadium.

The supermarket chain had agreed to buy the ground in 2011 so Rovers could finance a move to a new arena in South Gloucestershire. But last week a HIgh Court judge ruled Sainbury's was within its rights to pull out as conditions had not been met. The appeal is due to be heard at the end of the month.

The supermarket chain had agreed to buy the ground in 2011 Credit: ITV News West Country

Webb Ellis Cup comes to Kingsholm

The Webb Ellis Cup Credit: Anwar Hussein/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

The Rugby World Cup is on show today at the only venue in our region to host part of the tournament later this year.

Schoolchildren have been given the chance to have a photograph with The Webb Ellis Cup at Gloucester's Kingsholm ground. 2003 winner and Gloucester coach Trevor Woodman then hosted a question and answer session.

Trophy arrives in Gloucester

The Webb Ellis Trophy at Kingsholm Credit: ITV Westcountry

The Webb Ellis Trophy has arrived at Gloucester Rugby Club as part of its tour of the west country. It's at the Kingsholm ground which will be the only one in the region to host World Cup games in September.

The first World Cup match at Kingsholm will be Tonga versus Georgia on Saturday September 19th.

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