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Rugby: England 's points will help tragic Nick's charity

THE Nick Duncombe Memorial Fund, set up in memory of the former RGS student, is to benefit from England's scores during the World Cup.

For every point scored by Clive Woodward's men, Zurich, sponsors of the England Team in Australia, have pledged to donate £10 to the fund which was set up to finance future youth development projects and for a statue or memorial in Duncombe's memory at The Stoop, the home ground of NEC Harlequins.

Duncombe played at scrum half for Quins and was also capped by England before his tragic death in February at just 21 years of age.

And Woodward, who gave Duncombe his first cap against Scotland, is happy at the scheme.

He said: "I knew Nick well and his family well and it was a huge loss to English rugby and obviously a massive loss to his family.

"Well done to Zurich, it is fantastic to create a memorial to Nick.

"It was a tragic event and we still think about him a lot as it was a tragic loss to the game."

Tony Copsey, managing director of Harlequins, said: "Nick was an amazingly talented young scrum half and if circumstances had been different he may well have been part of the England set up this autumn.

"We plan to use the donations to his fund to set up a permanent memorial to Nick."

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