The Royal Navy has been praised for lending its ‘first-rate’ sports facilities to the United States rugby squad as they prepare to do battle in the Rugby World Cup.
The team – known as The Eagles - will spend four days training at the Navy’s rugby facilities at Burnaby Road in Portsmouth before the tournament kicks off on Friday.
They were officially welcomed to Portsmouth in a colourful ceremony at HMS Nelson’s wardroom.
Ian Ritchie, chief executive of the Rugby Football Union, said “We extend our grateful thanks to the Royal Navy for not only providing this fantastic venue for the welcome ceremony, but also for providing their first-rate facilities for the US team to train in.”
Crowds have been arriving at the Winter Gardens Theatre in Eastbourne to welcome the South African Rugby World Cup team to the UK.
The Springboks are here t take part in the Rugby World Cup. Their first match will be against Japan at the Amex Stadium in Brighton on Saturday 19th September.
The kickoff is at 4.45pm. The match will be shown live on ITV.
The Sussex town of Eastbourne is preparing to welcome the South African Rugby team to the Uk and the Rugby World Cup.
The Springboks arrived at Heathrow Airport on 11th September ahead of the global contest which starts on Friday 18th September 2015. The team will be welcomed at a special ceremony in Eastbourne today.
The trophy which the winners of the Rugby World Cup will lift in 68 days time is on a tour of the South. Special events are being held where fans can have their pictures taken with the Webb Ellis Cup and meet some of the stars of the game. Will Greenwood, who was part of the victorious England team in 2003, has visited a rugby festival in Oxford. Richard Jones reports
As part of our Rugby World Cup preview, we asked former captain Lawrence Dallaglio: could England win the tournament?
Today marks a hundred days until our region plays host to the Rugby World Cup. And at Twickenham this afternoon, the route was announced of a country-wide tour to be made by the Rugby World Cup Trophy.
It will arrive in our region on the 30th of August - at the World Cup host city of Brighton. A couple of days later it will make its way along the coast to Eastbourne - arriving there on 2 September. The next day, it moves on to Maidstone before heading out to Southend on 5 September.
Today, Prince Harry - and rugby royalty like Jonny Wilkinson - kicked off the countdown.
The family of missing student Eddie Gibson have donated £12,000 to buy floodlights for the rugby pitch in Hove on which he played.
Eddie disappeared ten years ago while travelling in Cambodia - where it's believed he was murdered. Andy Dickenson speaks to Eddie's father Mike, brother Max, and Adam Tunesi of Hove Rugby Club.
A rugby match in Dorset ended with a recording breaking score with the home side winning 212 - nil!
Spectators at Saturday's match between Dorset Dockers and Dorchester II may have witnessed a new record for a winning margin in competitive British rugby union.
The rout saw Dorset Dockers run riot with sixteen players scoring a try each.
Chairman Jeremy Cook told ITV Meridian that he had never seen anything like it.