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    Falcons caught short



    Updated: 14:17, Monday March 26, 2007


    A 10-year-old boy has saved rugby star Jonny Wilkinson and his team-mates from a potentially embarrassing situation by finding their stolen shorts just hours before a game.


    The Newcastle Falcons' kit van was broken into outside their hotel on the eve of their match against Premiership rivals Gloucester.


    All the team's shorts were stolen in the raid.


    With no spares, the team - which included World Cup hero Wilkinson and fellow England stars Matthew Tait, Toby Flood and Jamie Noon - faced the prospect of becoming a laughing stock.


    But luckily Ben Kibble found the stolen bag in the garden of his home in Matson, Gloucester.


    His father, Stuart, drove down to Gloucester's Kingsholm Stadium to hand over the kit to the Falcons team just a few hours before kick-off.


    "The lad definitely got us out of a hole," Mark Smith, a Falcons spokesman said.


    "We could've been in a sticky situation there, in front of 12,000 people with no shorts on. We'll be sending him something to show our appreciation."


    Ben definitely knows how they can say thankyou.


    "I'd like a signed rugby ball with Jonny Wilkinson's name on it," he said.
    Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale
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