Rugby posts in Exeter city centre herald World Cup countdown
EXETER and Sandy Park are celebrating the two-year countdown to the start of Rugby World Cup 2015 – by placing rugby posts in the heart of the city.
One of 11 host cities for the tournament which will be a celebration of rugby across the country, Exeter has been awarded 10 full size rugby posts by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) as part of its Posts in Parks legacy programme.
This is designed to help raise the profile of the game and encourage more people to get involved at a local level, particularly in the run-up to three games being played at Sandy Park. The rugby posts will be located over the next few months at prominent city locations within city parks.
Councillor Rosie Denham, Lead Councillor for Economy and Culture, said: “Exeter City Council is pleased to welcome Rugby World Cup 2015 to the city and Sandy Park. We see this as an amazing opportunity to put Exeter on the national and international map to bring more visitors to the city.
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“Posts in Parks has been launched to coincide with the two-year countdown to the tournament in 2015.
“The city is working with businesses to make sure that this proves to be the best event possible and to encourage visitors to stay longer, enjoying our culturally vibrant city.”
Tony Rowe OBE, chairman and chief executive of Exeter Rugby Club, added: “With two years to go until Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off in England, we are already beginning to see the excitement and enthusiasm building at rugby venues across the country.
“Having the Rugby World Cup come to Sandy Park, to Exeter and the Westcountry, is a huge achievement and something we must really make the most of over the next two years.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our city and our region, which we know is steeped in rugby tradition.”
Sandy Park hosts three games in 2015: Tuesday, September 29, Tonga v Africa 1; Wednesday, October 7, Africa 1 v Europe 1; Sunday, October 11, Italy v Europe 2.