An international rugby superstar who once made a shock appearance for Barnstaple's second team has been killed in a car crash.
Jerry Collins, 34-year-old former captain of New Zealand's All Blacks, died in a crash in southern France between his car and a bus early this morning, along with his wife. Their three-month-old daughter is in a critical condition in hospital.
In 2007 Collins was staying with friends in North Devon. A chance meeting with Barnstaple's director of rugby meant he ended up coaching the team's young players one night and playing for the second team at Newton Abbot the next day - in a game they were winning until it was abandoned due to an injury.
The All Black later wore his red-and-white Barnstaple socks in an invitational against then World Champions, South Africa.
Barnstaple Rugby described Collins as a "wonderful man" with a "heart of gold" in an emotional tribute on Facebook today.
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More Rugby World Cup tickets have gone on sale for matches at Sandy Park in Exeter.
Thousands of extra tickets went on sale this morning via the official site.
The games at Sandy Park include:
- Tonga v Namibia, 29 September
- Namibia v Georgia, 7 October
- Italy v Romania, 11 October
Famous mascots from across Devon joined forces at Sandy Park for some half time fun to celebrate the Rugby World Cup coming to Devon.
The Exeter Chiefs v London Welsh rugby match hosted the mascots from the top attractions throughout the county.
This event symbolises the way forward for Devon tourism and demonstrates local tourism businesses putting on a united front and working together across the South West.
We had tourist attractions, accommodation providers, local public transport and charities all joining together to promote the Rugby World Cup and all that Devon has to offer.
A dramatic win for Exeter Chiefs sees them move up to second in the table. Chiefs beat London Welsh by 55 points at Sandy Park.
In the Championship, Plymouth Albion lost to leaders Worcester.
The Cornish Pirates were in action in the Championship tonight.
They travelled to Nottingham -- and after leading 9-0 at half time at Lady Bay Stadium, the Pirates went on to win 16-14.
A new star of rugby was born at the weekend - and he's only six years old .
Harry Westlake, from Plymouth was the England mascot for the Six Nations tie against Italy.
He won the hearts of millions with the passionate way he belted out the National Anthem.
We asked him for an encore - and he duly obliged.
It’s an exciting move for me and a new challenge at the Chiefs that I’m very much looking forward to. I’ve spoken to one or two people about the club and the area and it’s all been very positive. Of course it will be a change of scenery for me and my family, but it’s a new chapter in my career and one that we’re keen to take on.
Exeter Chiefs have announced the signing of England and British Lions second row Geoff Parling on a two-year contract.
The 31-year-old has signed from Leicester Tigers where he helped the East Midlands club to twice lift English rugby’s Premiership title, as well as featuring in all three Test matches for the Lions against Australia in 2013.
He is the second player to leave Leicester Tigers for the Devon club joining former club-mate, Thomas Waldrom at Sandy Park.
Today is Plymouth Albion's deadline to avoid going into administration. The rugby club need to raise £250,000.
If they do go into administration, they'll face a 20 point deduction - effectively relegating them from the Championship.
Onto rugby and Cornish Pirates made the long journey to London in the Championship tonight.
The Pirates made a good showing but were beaten by London Scottish at the Athletic Ground. Final score 27-15.