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VIDEO: We meet rugby legend Rob Andrew who's converted to cricket

He's the new man in charge at Sussex Cricket Club Credit: ITV Meridian

They used to call him Squeaky. But could former Rugby star Rob Andrew - be the saviour of English cricket?

The sport faces a lot of challenges. But the ex-England fly-half has just started his new role as the Chief Executive at Sussex.

And he told Andrew Pate - about his grand plans.

Should schools ban tackling in rugby games?

Children at play amid calls for tackling to be banned

A group of health experts have hit the headlines today - after putting forward proposals about how Rugby should be played in schools. They say - tackling should be banned - because children could get hurt.

The Rugby Football Union says the game is a fantastic sport for children.

The idea of banning tackles for under-18 games has been met with some surprise here in the South. Malcolm Shaw reports.


'Rugby is a fantastic sport for children' says RFU

'Rugby is a fantastic sport for children' says the RFU Credit: Rugby Football Union website

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has responded to calls from more than 70 medical experts for contact rugby to be banned at school games in the UK.

It follows an open letter written by the health professionals to the government laying out the case for the ban to brought in because of the risk of injury rugby tackling can bring to school sports.

The RFU published its own views in an article on the England Rugby website saying that it takes player safety for both children and adults extremely seriously.

"Rugby is a fantastic sport for children, bringing many physical and social benefits, including increased confidence, self-esteem and self-discipline, and enjoyable physical exercise as part of a team. Teachers constantly comment on off-pitch behaviour improvements when rugby is introduced in school."

– Rugby Football Union statement

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Overcoming migrant language barrier with a conversion to rugby

Child migrants settling in Kent are being encouraged to meet and make friends with other children by getting involved in sport.

Canterbury Rugby Club has teamed up with Migrant Help UK to offer places to young people who have arrived from other countries.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Robert McCrea from Migrant Help and under 9s manager Graham Dunkerley.

School pays tribute to Rugby star Jonah Lomu

Jonah Lomu during a visit to Ballard School in Hampshire, pictured with the deputy head David Dunn and Headmaster Alastair Reid Credit: Ballard School

The headmaster of a school in Hampshire which was visited by the rugby star Jonah Lomu has paid tribute to him, after the sportsman's death at the age of forty.

The New Zealander became famous all over the world after his performance in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. He retired in 2002 due to a rare kidney disease, and had suffered from health problems ever since.

Jonah Lomu played a part of the promotional tour of the Webb Ellis trophy for this year's Rugby World Cup and visited many locations in the UK.

A giant in the world of rugby, New Zealand-born Jonah Lomu has died at the age of 40 Credit: PA

Mourners on social media are using the twitter hashtag #RIPJonah to salute the memory of the All Blacks' legendary sporting hero.

Jonah Lomu visited the independent Ballard School in New Milton last month to speak to pupils.

"Ballard School was devastated to hear of the death of rugby star, Jonah Lumo. We flew the New Zealand flag at half-mast out of respect and also remembered him in our Senior Assembly today.

Jonah visited Ballard a few weeks ago having responded to an invitation from Ballard parents and staff who knew him well. We have been supporting Naomi House children’s hospice, as had Mr Lumo, and he came to speak to our pupils in assembly about the importance of schooling, perseverance and aiming for excellence.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

– Alastair Reid, Ballard School Headmaster
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