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Rovers chairman scotches rumours about the club

The Memorial Stadium Credit: PA

Bristol Rovers chairman Nick Higgs has told ITV News West Country that there is no truth in the rumours of a company sort-out bid or approach for the club.

"I keep hearing about this so called consortium from various sources. Would somebody be kind enough to tell us who they are, as we are very curious to find out ourselves!"

I keep hearing about this so called consortium from various sources. Would somebody be kind enough to tell us who they are, as we are very curious to find out ourselves!

– Nick Higgs


Bristol Academy Women relegated

Bristol Academy Women's team have been relegated after losing 6-1 to Manchester City in the Women's Super League One.

A consolation goal came from Caroline Weir, but the Vixens will now play in Women's Super League Two.

It was a must-win game for the club, with fans taking to twitter to urge them on using the hashtag Stand by the Vixens. They even got a shoutout from fellow South West team Yeovil Town.

Cricket: Somerset to release three players

Adam Dibble, George Dockrell and James Regan will all be leaving the County Ground at the end of the season Credit: PA

Somerset County Cricket Club will be saying goodbye to three players at the end of the season - fast bowler Adam Dibble, left arm spinner George Dockrell and wicket-keeper James Regan.

It is always tough to release young players but ultimately we do have to make the types of judgments that are in their long term interests as well as the Club’s.

In the case of Adam, George and James, that task is made all the more difficult because they are outstanding young men and I am sure all of them will have a promising future in whatever direction life takes them.

– Director of Cricket, Matt Maynard

Webb Ellis Trophy makes an appearance in Gloucester

Rugby fans took the opportunity to have their pictures taken with the Webb Ellis cup before today's match Credit: ITV News

The Webb Ellis Cup has made a surprise appearance in Gloucester.

Supporters of Argentina and Georgia and the Rugby World Cup in general grabbed a chance to get their pictures taken with the tournament trophy in in the city's Fanzone ahead of today's match at Kingsholm.


Argentina take on Georgia in Gloucester

Martin Landajo Argentine rugby player Credit: PA: Icon Sport

Gloucester's Kingsholm Stadium hosts its third and penultimate match of the Rugby World Cup this afternoon when Argentina take on Georgia.

It's both teams' second game in Pool C. Georgia won their opening game of the tournament at Kingsholm at the weekend against Tonga while Argentina are looking for their first victory.

Burgess insists he's worthy of his England place

Sam Burgess in action against Fiji in the Rugby World Cup Credit: PA

Bath Rugby star Sam Burgess will start for England against Wales in the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham on Saturday night. His selection has been criticised by many pundits, who point to his lack of international experience since moving across from Rugby League last year.

But Burgess insists he's worthy of his place in the side.

England call up Burgess but drop Ford

Ford has given solid performances in early games of the tournament. Credit: David Davies/PA

It's hard to say which of the two decisions is the more controversial but England Head Coach, Stuart Lancaster, has decided to drop Bath fly-half George Ford to the bench for Saturday's world cup match against Wales and call-up Sam Burgess.

Ford has become the linchpin of England's back line in recent months - lauded for his attacking nous and creative vision. Yet he will be replaced in the starting XV by Owen Farrell for the crunch showdown at Twickenham.

Rumours of the move have received a media backlash in the last 24 hours after solid showings from Ford in the opening game against Fiji and the tournament warm-up games.

George Ford and Sam Burgess (right) at a training session. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Meanwhile, Ford's Bath team mate, rugby league convert Sam Burgess, will start at centre despite only having played 112 minutes of international rugby union.

The final change to the starting line-up sees Gloucester forward replaced at number eight by Billy Vunipola after he lost his battle to recover from a knee injury.

Jonny May and Anthony Watson retain their starting berths, while Ford is joined on the substitute bench by Rob Webber.

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