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While Rugby World Cup fever has got many of us gripped for at least the next month - the sport is being played by more young people than ever across the South West.
That's partly down to a scheme aimed at getting more boys and girls at secondary schools to take up the game.
Three different schools in Torbay have come together to develop their rugby as part of the All Sports Programme.
Exeter Chiefs' new lock-forward Geoff Parling has kept his place in the England starting team to face Wales on Saturday in the crunch Rugby World Cup match at Twickenham.
Parling partnered Courtney Lawes in the scrum for the opening match of the tournament last Friday against Fiji but was replaced shortly after time by Joe Launchbury.
Despite an injury to Jonathan Joseph there is still no place in either the starting XV nor the bench for Chiefs centre Henry Slade. Bath's rugby league convert Sam Burgess has been given the nod instead.
Exeter Chief's rugby players will be eagerly awaiting the announcement of England's Rugby World Cup Squad this afternoon.
Henry Slade, Jack Nowell and Geoff Parling are tipped to get into Stuart Lancaster's 31-man squad after an impressive last season which saw the team narrowly miss out on the Premiership play-offs.
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.