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Hampton Court Palace Ready To Host Fijians

Vodafone Flying Fijians vice-captain Vereniki Goneva knows exactly what the team should expect at Twickenham come September 19. The Leicester Tigers centre is looking forward to an exciting journey. “I
02 Sep 2015 15:04
Hampton Court Palace Ready To Host Fijians
Training enroute!...Vodafone Flying Fijian Gabiriele Lovobalavu exercises at Seoul, Korea, as the team made the transition through to England yesterday. Photo: Fiji Rugby Union

Vodafone Flying Fijians vice-captain Vereniki Goneva knows exactly what the team should expect at Twickenham come September 19.

The Leicester Tigers centre is looking forward to an exciting journey.

“I am looking forward to the competition. This will be an interesting tournament for all of us.

“I have been playing for a while in England and I know what is expected in Twickenham.”

The Vodafone Flying Fijians team will be the first team to be hosted to a welcome ceremony at the Hampton Court Palace in London on September 10.

With excitement building ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015, 17 landmark venues across England and Wales will play host to team welcome ceremonies as the world’s best teams are officially greeted to the tournament.

Managing Director of England Rugby 2015 Steve Brown said they were delighted to host the welcome ceremonies at landmarks.

“We are delighted to have secured these fantastic venues to host our welcome ceremonies for the teams.

“These landmark locations from across England and Wales broaden the reach of the tournament and will be great settings for us to welcome the players and management.

“These events will be a celebration of the team’s achievements, alongside a warm local welcome as the 20 best teams arrive for Rugby World Cup 2015,” Brown said.

World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset stressed the importance of the RWC to communities.

“Rugby World Cup 2015 is about communities and teams uniting to celebrate rugby, sport and friendship and this official team welcome ceremonies really will set the tone for the tournament,” Lapasset said.

Thurstable School from Tiptree, Essex will welcome the Fijians.

Each ceremony will feature a performance of the official Rugby World Cup anthem, World in Union, sung by school choirs which were selected following a selection process, led by leading independent charity Youth Sport Trust, which was open to all schools in England and Wales.

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