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Nick Hornby-Howell is a reporter with NBN News in Tamworth. After finishing high school in Newcastle, Nick studied Sports Media at the University of Canberra.

AXING OF FORCE HITS CLOSE TO HOME

Glen Innes’ Alex Newsome’s professional career is in limbo, after the Australian Rugby Union decided to axe the Western Force from Super Rugby. It follows a stellar debut season for the winger, who crossed for five tries. His team is expected to fight the governing body’s decision. (no audio)

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CENTRAL NORTH DOWN TO BUSINESS END

Central North Rugby’s finals series gets underway tomorrow, with a north west derby in Moree. The Bulls host Narrabri, who scraped into the playoffs as the top side from tier two. While the winner will take on the Pirates or Walcha next week, the loser’s season will be over. The second elimination match takes place on Sunday, with Gunnedah travelling to Scone to take on the Brumbies. (no audio)

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RUNNING FOR A CAUSE

The Armidale School’s strong City 2 Surf team has topped 150 students – a new record for the school. They’re using it as a fundraiser for Old Boy Drew Schofield… “He’s got muscular dystrophy. So, the TAS team of 152 students, we’re all running for him to find a cure basically. To raise money.” For many, it’ll be the first time they’ve tackled the 14-kilometre course, with Nick Makeham saying the challenge is as much mental, as it is physical. “Heartbreak Hill is pretty tough, but you know, the music and atmosphere keeps you going. But probably also the final stretch, just running around Bondi.” (vision accompanied by audio in parts.)

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WARIALDA DEFEND CHS TITLE

Warialda High School’s all-conquering girls sevens team returned from Sydney today, with another trophy for the cabinet. The Jammers successfully defended their New South Wales Combined High Schools title. The side went through the final day undefeated, downing the Central Coast’s Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College 15-7 in the decider. This years team has been unstoppable in 2017, having won the state’s all schools tournament in June.

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KAY HELPS BOOMERS TO VICTORY

Back to basketball and Tamworth’s Nick Kay looked more like a seasoned veteran, in his Boomers debut last night in Lebanon. He helped Australia to an 84-68 win over Japan, in the Asia Cup. The Illawarra Hawks player came off the bench, scoring seven points… including a three pointer… during his 15 minutes on the floor. The Boomers play Hong Kong tomorrow night. (no audio)

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