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Gloucester rugby star Johnny May out for a season

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Gloucester Rugby have announced Jonny May will be out for the rest of the season to recover from surgery.

The winger sustained a knee injury playing against Harlequins at Twickenham, and underwent surgery this week to repair damage to a ligament injury in his left knee.

Funeral takes place of Exeter rugby player who died after collapsing on pitch

A grey day as Exeter Cathedral bids farewell to a young woman with so much to live for Credit: ITV News
Lily Partridge died after collapsing with a head injury during a rugby training match Credit: Family
Lily's funeral was held at Exeter Cathedral as so many people wanted to attend the service Credit: ITV News
Lily was a registered donor and her organs will be used to help save other lives Credit: ITV News

The funeral of rugby player Lily Partridge has taken place at Exeter Cathedral.

The 23-year-old zookeeper, who was from Topsham near Exeter, collapsed after being injured in a training match earlier this month. She was airlifted to hospital but later died.

Lily was a founding member of the Exonian Ladies Rugby team in Topsham.

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Devon schools get the Rugby World Cup spirit

These pupils in Torbay have come together to build their rugby skills Credit: ITV News

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.

Parling but no Slade: England announces team against Wales

Geoff Parling wins a lineout. Credit: Paul Harding/PA

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.

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