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School haka greets Rugby World Cup in Bath

Schoolchildren perform the haka at Bath Uni Training Village Credit: ITV Westcountry

Children from Oldfield Primary School and Banes Youth Dance Company staged their own version of the haka for the arrival of the Rugby World Cup in Bath.

The famous Webb Ellis Trophy arrived at Bath University's Sports Training Village at the start of its tour of the west country. Further details here.

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New name for Cheltenham Town's ground

(L-R) Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson, World of Smile managing director Jon Burke and Cheltenham Town chairman Paul Baker Credit: Thousand World Media

To most fans it's simply Whaddon Road - but for the next three years Cheltenham Town's football ground is to be known as the World of Smile Stadium.

The new name follows a sponsorship deal with local conservatory suppliers World of Smile. Their managing director, Jon Burke, is the great nephew of Robins great Peter Goring, who went on to enjoy huge success at Arsenal after joining them for a fee of £1,000 in 1948.

Bristol teenager through to Wimbledon quarter-finals

Katie Swan in action at the Wimbledon Championships today Credit: PA

It's been a good day at Wimbledon for young British tennis star Katie Swan, who continues to make progress in the girls tournament.

The 16-year-old from Bristol, on the near side of the court, beat America's Sophia Kenin to reach the quarter-finals at the All England Club.

The match was interrupted by rain a couple of times but Swan kept her head to win in two straight sets.

Geraint Jones steps down as Gloucestershire captain

Geraint Jones will retire from cricket at the end of the season Credit: Simon Cooper/PA

Gloucestershire Cricket captain Geraint Jones has announced his retirement from cricket today.

He's stepped down as Gloucestershire captain and will retire from the sport at the end of the 2015 season.

It’s been something I’ve been thinking about quite strongly in the last few weeks and I’ve come to the decision that this season will be my last as a cricket player.

But it’s on a positive note that I’ve made the decision. Yes the family side has been a big consideration but ultimately it’s about what’s best for Gloucestershire Cricket and this squad.

Over the last few weeks I felt there were guys who needed an opportunity and my place in the team was potentially that opportunity.

I still want to play a big role in helping the team on and off the field but now is a chance for them to start to formulate the best way forward for this group of players and for Gloucestershire Cricket.

– Geraint Jones

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Ashton Gate's 60-year-old Williams Stand demolished today

The final part of the 60-year-old Williams Stand is demolished today. Credit: ITV News

The final part of demolishing the Williams Stand at Ashton Gate stadium in Bristol takes place today.

Taking down the 60-year-old stand is part of the £45 million transformation of the stadium, the home of Bristol City FC and Bristol Rugby.

An 11,000 seater stand will take its place.

Bristol City's players report for pre-season training

Bristol City's players stretching at the Failand training ground. Credit: ITV News West Country

Bristol City's players returned to training today.

The League One champions are yet to sign any new players. Manager Steve Cotterill is looking to buy at least one new striker, especially with Kieran Agard set to be out for six weeks with a knee injury.

Cotterill wasn't doing any interviews with the press. He's one of the early front-runners for the vacant Leicester City job. Sky Bet currently has Cotterill as 7/2 second favourite.

The players were put through their paces on the hottest day of the year, but are looking forward to playing in the Championship:

'No agreement': Bristol Rovers respond to takeover rumours

Bristol Rovers players huddle during a match. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Bristol Rovers are looking to talk to new investors about the potential sale of the club - but say there is no agreement yet.

A report in the Bristol Post suggested the club was attracting American investors. Rovers say they would consider the right offer.

The club say they have spoken to former Reading director Chris Samuelson in an "informal conversation", but that they are one of several clubs he is looking at.

"The board of directors have made no secret of their intention to secure investment in a bid to take the club forward and cement its long-term future.

"Additionally if a potential buyer were to approach us with the right offer, made for the right reasons, we would obviously consider this offer.

"At this moment in time there has been no offer. However, this situation may change in the future.

"We have a very clear, ambitious plan to move this club forward and are actively looking for new directors with expertise.

"That plan is dependent on new or increased investment."

"But at this moment in time there is no agreement in place to sell Bristol Rovers."

– Statement from Bristol Rovers
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