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Host Cities Mark 2015

London: The year of Rugby World Cup 2015 is here and the world’s top 20 teams can now begin the final countdown to the game’s showcase event, which will be
04 Jan 2015 10:32
Host Cities Mark 2015

London: The year of Rugby World Cup 2015 is here and the world’s top 20 teams can now begin the final countdown to the game’s showcase event, which will be hosted in England and Cardiff in 2015.

Tournament organisers England Rugby 2015 and tournament owners Rugby World Cup Limited, along with Visit England and Newcastle Council marked the turning of the year by jointly unveiling a Rugby World Cup 2015 mark on the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle, one of the 11 Rugby World Cup 2015 host cities. St. James’ Park will be the setting for three matches at this year’s tournament, and England head coach Stuart Lancaster lit up the RWC 2015 mark on the bridge and started the city’s firework display to celebrate the arrival of 2015.

In Cardiff, where the Millennium Stadium will play host to eight RWC 2015 matches, including two quarterfinals, the city marked the milestone with a RWC 2015 projection onto Cardiff Castle, adding to the excitement of fans everywhere as the countdown to this year’s showcase event continues.

With a projected value of £982 million to the UK economy and at least 460,000 visitors expected to travel to England and Cardiff for the tournament, RWC 2015 will be one of the highlights of this year’s sporting calendar.

 

Building on strong foundations

Already on course to capture the attention of the global sporting world, the coveted Webb Ellis Cup made its way across 10 countries in 2014, including Japan, Australia, Fiji, Argentina, South Africa, USA, China and the UAE as pa rt of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour. Delivered in partnership with Land Rover and DHL, the Trophy Tour engages players, fans, schools and rugby clubs as the world gets ready for a truly international celebration of rugby.

2014 marked a year of planning and continued progress for England Rugby 2015, with tickets going on general sale in September. Over 5 million ticket applications were received during the 17 day application window, the highest demand for any Rugby World Cup to date, and 1.85 million tickets have now been sold, including record sales through official supporter tours and hospitality programmes, with 170,000 packages sold to date. RWC 2015 is on course to be the best attended and most viewed Rugby World Cup ever.

England Rugby 2015 Chief Executive, Debbie Jevans, said: “It is hugely exciting to mark the year of Rugby World Cup 2015. Our ambition is that England will feel like a ‘rugby nation’ throughout 2015 and that we deliver a tournament that both excites and inspires the nation while keeping rugby at its heart.

“2014 has been a very busy and productive year where, in addition to launching our ticket sales programme, we carried out 10,000 interviews in the search for ‘The Pack’, our 6,000-strong team of volunteers, confirmed the 41 team training bases, celebrated 500 days to go with the start of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour and carried out our first testing exercise. As we move into 2015 we can now look forward with great anticipation and we will continue to focus on ensuring that the tournament we stage is the best it can be.”

 

An opportunity to inspire

Rugby World Cup Limited and World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “January 1 marks the beginning of the Rugby World Cup 2015 year, and with excitement and anticipation gathering pace,fans and the participating teams can look forward to a very special and record-breaking celebration of rugby and the host nation. It really will be too big to miss.

“As we enter the Rugby World Cup year, tournament preparations are in great shape and driven by a collective vision and strong teamwork between RWCL, England Rugby 2015 and the RFU, the foundations have been laid to ensure a competitive tournament on the field, an exceptional experience off it, and the platform for unprecedented Rugby projection and growth. We really are set for the best-ever Rugby World Cup.”

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