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A year until Rugby World Cup comes to Exeter

Celebrations in Exeter a year to Rugby World Cup Credit: ITV West Country/Jacquie Bird

Sandy Park will be one of the 13 match venues for the world tournament in 2015. Exeter will host Tonga during the tournament and there'll be three games in its stadium.

For Chiefs players like Tom Johnson, who could be part of the England line up it's an exciting time. Schools in the city have pledged their support to the five teams who'll be playing there, Georgia, Italy Namibia, Romania and Tonga.

Countdown to Rugby World Cup in Exeter

It's a year until the first game of the Rugby World Cup takes place on 18 September 2015 Credit: PA

It's a year today until World Cup Fever hits Exeter with the first game of the Rugby World Cup. Exeter will host Tonga and there will be three games at Exeter Chiefs' Sandy Park during the tournament.

Schools in the city have pledged their support to the five teams who'll be playing there, Georgia, Italy Namibia, Romania and Tonga.

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Rugby World Cup comes to Exeter

The Webb Ellis Cup will be on display at Exeter's Guildhall and Sandy Park Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

The Rugby World Cup comes to Exeter tomorrow (Saturday). The Webb Ellis Cup will be on display at Exeter’s Guildhall and at Sandy Park, one of the 13 venues for Rugby World Cup 2015.

The visit comes as up to one million tickets go on general sale for all 48 matches at Rugby World Cup 2015. This includes tickets for Tonga v Namibia, Namibia v Georgia and Italy v Romania which will both be played at Sandy Park. People can have their picture taken with the Webb Ellis Cup Trophy at the Guildhall on the High Street from 10.00am until 12noon.

The Trophy will then make the short journey across the city to Sandy Park to celebrate the reopening of the stadium after it’s summer re-development. Fans attending the Exeter Chiefs’ first home game of the season against Leicester Tigers will also be able to see the Trophy and have their picture taken with it, between 1pm and 3pm.

Having the Webb Ellis Cup in Exeter for such an exciting day was a too big to miss. The development work that has taken place at Sandy Park over the summer has been outstanding and Exeter is very proud to have such a forward thinking Rugby club within the city.

– Cllr Rosie Denham Lead Councillor for Economy & Culture

Exeter counts down to the Rugby World Cup

The countdown to the Rugby World Cup is on Credit: International Rugby Board

It's exactly 500 days until the Rugby World Cup gets underway. Exeter will host three group stage games, with the likes of Italy and Tonga already confirmed to play at Sandy Park.

300 volunteers from across Devon will also be helping out both at the stadium and at fans zone in the city during the six week event.

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Exeter gets ready for the Rugby World Cup

Rugby posts are being placed around Exeter to inspire residents to be more active and help the city get excited about the World Cup next year. Some of the matches next year will be held at the Sandy Park stadium.

Today players from Exeter Chiefs coached primary school children, helping build the excitement ahead of the competition. Duncan Sleightholme reports.

Students train with Exeter Chiefs in World Cup preparations

Rugby posts are being put in prominent positions around Exeter to promote the forthcoming world cup.

Today youngsters from Bowhill School had a training session with players from Exeter Chiefs.

Its part of a programme to inspire residents to take up sport ahead of the world cup in 2015. The city's Sandy Park stadium is one of the host venues.

Councillor Keith Owen from Exeter City Council was at the event.

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