Psychic Storm predicts rugby world record

A former Irish racing Greyhound has predicted that England will complete a Six Nations Grand Slam by beating Joe Schmidt’s side in Dublin this Saturday - and by doing so break New Zealand’s world record for consecutive test victories. 

Rescue dog Storm, who came into Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s London centre earlier this month and is currently looking for a new home, has taken up sports predicting having retired from professional racing.

The four-year-old believes England’s record-equalling run of 18 victories, which started with a 60-3 win over Uruguay in the final game of the 2015 World Cup, will give Eddie Jones’ men the edge at the Aviva Stadium.

Asked to choose between two identical food-filled toys, one under an Irish flag and the other under an English flag, Storm made his prediction on camera with little hesitation. 

Rebecca Fisher, Rehoming & Welfare Manager at Battersea, said: “Storm is a lovely, affectionate boy with a bouncy nature who is always looking to please.

“It remains to be seen if his rugby knowledge is up to scratch but one thing’s for certain – he’ll make a great addition to any home.”

Battersea cares for an average of 270 dogs and 200 cats at any one time with the help of investment from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, who awarded Battersea a total of £650,000 in 2016.

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Notes to editors  

•    Established in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. We are champions for, and supporters of, vulnerable dogs and cats, determined to create lasting changes for animals in our society.
•    Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.
•    In 2016 the Home cared for over 7000 dogs and cats. 
•    Battersea cares for an average of 270 dogs and 200 cats across its three centres at any one time. 
•    A team of over 1000 volunteers help at Battersea’s three centres, in roles including dog and cat socialising, gardening, admin support and giving talks in the community.
•    In addition to the site in South West London, the Home also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent. 
•    Battersea Dogs & Cats Home receives no central government funding towards the care of its dogs and cats and relies on the generosity and support of the public to help care for lost and abandoned dogs & cats. To make a donation visit our website or call 0207 627 7883. 
•    Follow Battersea on Twitter @BDCH or facebook.com/Battersea 

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