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Visitor centres and premiership players put Leicester 'on the map'

Martin Traynor, from the Richard III Visitors Centre, has told ITV Central that events like the Rugby World Cup 2015 are helping to put Leicester on the map.

He said that having a premiership Rugby side certainly helps raise the profile of the city but popular visitor centres are also helping to boost local tourism.

New tourist video released for Rugby World Cup fans

With one year to go until the Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off in Leicester, the national tourist board, VisitEngland has launched a new tourism video to show people what Leicester has to offer.

As one of the host cities for the tournament, Leicester wants to ensure the city's tourist attractions and businesses benefit from the influx of visitors.

Three matches are set to take place at the Leicester City Stadium in 2015:

  • Argentina v Tonga (Sunday 4th October) - 2.30pm
  • Canada v Romania (Tuesday 6th October) - 4.45pm
  • Argentina v Namibia (Sunday 11th October) - 12pm

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Webb Ellis trophy in Birmingham as countdown begins

The Webb Ellis trophy will be on display in Birmingham today, to mark a year until the first 2015 Rugby World Cup match at Villa Park.

South Africa will play Samoa at Villa Park on 26 September 2015 Credit: PA

The trophy will be at Birmingham New Street Station in the morning, where members of the public will have the opportunity to be photographed with the cup from 9.30am.

The Webb Ellis Cup during a photocall at Mowden Park, Darlington in August Credit: PA

Former England player Will Greenwood, who was part of the 2003 World Cup-winning squad, will be coaching pupils from Great Barr School in Victoria Square at 12.30pm, alongside Rugby Football Union (RFU) community coach Adam Blackford, where the Webb Ellis trophy will also be in display.

Great Barr School is part of All Schools, an initiative which aims to increase the number of secondary schools playing rugby union

Rugby World Cup tickets go on sale including games in the Midlands

Ticket's for the 2015 Rugby World Cup go on general sale today, with the tournament just over a year away.

The Rugby World Cup takes place across England and Wales next year Credit: ITV News Central

Some of the games will be played in the Midlands, at Aston Villa's Villa Park ground, and Leicester City's King Power Stadium.

The application window for the tickets ends on 29 September.

Some of the games will be played at Leicester's King Power Stadium Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Loughborough University involved in Rugby World Cup

Ireland and Argentina will be based in the East Midlands for part of next year's Rugby World Cup. St. George's Park will host both teams.

Canada will train in Leicester.

Tonga and Namibia will be based at Loughborough. Back in 2012, it hosted Team GB and last autumn welcomed England for the Rugby League World Cup.

The University says it is exciting to be involved in a world class sporting event once again.

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Midlands Rugby World Cup team bases announced

Double World Champions South Africa will be based in Birmingham Credit: PA

The University of Birmingham has been chosen as one of the bases for double World Champions South Africa during next year's Rugby World Cup.

A whole host of rugby clubs, universities and schools across the Midlands have been selected to host teams throughout the tournament, which begins on 18 September 2015 when England take on Fiji at Twickenham.

Loughborough University will welcome Namibia and Tonga for part of the competition, while Warwick School hosts Japan and Leicester Grammar School will provide a base for Canada.

Argentina will head to Cheltenham RFC and St George's Park, which will also provide training facilities for Ireland.

Meanwhile Romania and Samoa will spend part of the tournament based at Sutton Coldfield RFC.

Selectors for Rugby World Cup volunteers in Solihull

The draw for next year's Rugby World Cup Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Selectors choosing the 6,000 volunteers who will help out during the Rugby World Cup in England next year are in Solihull speaking to people who want to be part of it.

The volunteers who get selected by England Rugby 2015 following the try-outs will be part of 'The Pack'.

The process at Solihull College involves finding out more about the Rugby World Cup, and even a one-to-one interview.

The exhibition space has a history section, interactivity, a motivational video for would-be volunteers, and a real-life changing room to try kit on for size - where people can smell 'heat spray' scent.

Leicester begins countdown to the Rugby World Cup

The city of Leicester today begins the two-year-countdown to the Rugby World Cup.

Leicester City Stadium is one of 13 venues that will host matches during the competition alongside the Olympic Stadium in London and Villa Park in Birmingham.

As part of the build-up to this international sporting event the Rugby Football Union have launched the 'Posts in the Park' initiative. Rugby goalposts have been installed in parks up-and-down the country including Leicester's Victoria Park.

Two budding rugby stars go head-to-head in Leicester's Victoria Park Credit: Matt Short Photography
Councillor Piara Singh Clair at the launch of Leicester's Posts in the Park yesterday Credit: Matt Short Photography
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