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Fiji, Samoa To Be Based In Milton Keynes

London: Milton Keynes has been confirmed as an official team base for Rugby World Cup 2015 for Fiji and Samoa. The city is among 41 team bases that will be
07 Jan 2015 10:40
Fiji, Samoa To Be Based In Milton Keynes

London: Milton Keynes has been confirmed as an official team base for Rugby World Cup 2015 for Fiji and Samoa.

The city is among 41 team bases that will be used for the World Cup, and the players will train at Bletchley Leisure Centre and Woughton on the Green Sports Ground.

England Rugby 2015, the Organising Committee for Rugby World Cup 2015 (RWC 2015), has announced the approved list of 41 team bases that will host the 20 participating teams during the Tournament, taking place in England and in Cardiff between September 18 and October 31.

A RWC 2015 team base will consist of an outdoor pitch, indoor training facility, a swimming pool, gym and hotel and will be utilised by the competing teams in the lead up to and during the six week event.

The facilities must meet international team training standards and be located on one site or within close proximity of one another. Match venue locations have also been taken into account as part of the selection programme.

The search for team bases was launched via an open tender process in May 2013 and over 90 bids from across the country and in Wales were received.

Milton Keynes has worked closely with England Rugby 2015 over the past 12 months to facilitate detailed site visits and liaison with the teams prior to confirmation of its status as an official team base for Rugby World Cup 2015. With Fiji and Samoa based in Milton Keynes, this gives the city the opportunity to be part of the world’s third largest sporting event and celebration of rugby next year.

A mix of rugby and football clubs, schools, colleges, universities and dedicated training facilities will be utilised by the 20 teams, taking the reach of the Tournament even further.

Cllr Hannah O’Neill Deputy Leader for Milton Keynes Council said “It will be an honour to welcome both national squads from Fiji and Samoa to Milton Keynes. To have such iconic rugby nations using Milton Keynes as a base truly shows our sporting ambition. With nearly a year to go, we wish both teams the best of luck in their preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015.”

MK Dons Chairman Pete Winkelman said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming both Samoa and Fiji to Milton Keynes, not only to play in our stadium but also to be based in our great city for more of the tournament.

“Hopefully this will provide the community of Milton Keynes with the chance to engage with both teams as we host the third biggest sporting event in the world.”

England Rugby 2015 CEO, Debbie Jevans said: “As the organising committee for Rugby World Cup 2015 we are committed to ensuring that all participating teams have the optimum training environments available to them throughout the Tournament and in this regard we are delighted to announce our 41 official team bases for the event. Rugby, rightly, is at the heart of all our planning and we have worked closely with the teams to ensure that they have access to facilities and a team base that meet their individual needs.

“I would like to thank all those who have been part of the team base selection process and we are lucky to have some fantastic facilities right across the country. With a wide range of excellent facilities and locations secured the teams can be assured of having all their training needs met whilst allowing us to spread the reach of the tournament even further througout England and in Wales

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