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Sandy Park stripped of World Cup branding

Exeter's Sandy Park stadium has been returned to the club after staging 3 Rugby World Cup matches.

The ground is being stripped of all of the RWC logos and advertising boards.

A huge logistical job is underway clearing out all the media and television equipment used to broadcast games.

Sandy Park is stripped of all Rugby World Cup branding as Exeter's role in the tournament comes to an end. Credit: ITV News

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Sandy Park host Rugby World Cup 2015 for last time

It's Italy v Romania at Sandy Park Credit: ITV News

As England bow out of their own Rugby World Cup, there are fresh calls for Exeter Chief's stars to step up and be trusted.

Henry Slade and Jack Nowell shined in their first appearance of the tournament as they helped put sixty points against Uruguay.

This afternoon the spotlight turned to their club at Sandy Park as the city hosted it's final game in which Italy beat Romania securing qualification for the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

Sandy Park plays host to the Rugby World Cup for the last time Credit: ITV News
Italy V Romania in Exeter's final Rugby World Cup 2015 game Credit: ITV News
Large crowds queue up at Sandy Park Credit: ITV News

Guess which rugby fan was at Sandy Park last night?

Prince Harry met young rugby players, then stayed on to watch the match at Sandy Park. Credit: ITV West Country

Prince Harry met students on a 'rugby empowerment into employment' programme at Sandy Park last night.

He was also visiting to watch the World Cup match - seeing Georgia beat Namibia by 1 point The prince has said he isn't switching his Rugby World Cup allegiance to Wales. When asked at Exeter if he'll now support Wales like his brother now that England are out, he laughed - saying there are lots of teams to support.

Credit: ITV West Country
Credit: ITV West Country

The rugby-loving royal also visited Paignton, to give the local rugby club an award for the work it's been doing to encourage more young people to get involved with the sport.

Guess which rugby fan is at Sandy Park tonight?

Prince Harry has been meeting young rugby players, and has stayed on to watch the match at Sandy Park. Credit: ITV West Country

Prince Harry has been meeting students on a 'rugby empowerment into employment' programme at Sandy Park. He's also been visiting to watch the match - seeing Georgia beat Namibia by 1 point.

The prince has said he isn't switching his Rugby World Cup allegiance to Wales. When asked at Exeter if he'll now support Wales like his brother, he laughed - saying there are lots of teams to support.

Credit: ITV West Country
Credit: ITV West Country

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Prince Harry in Devon for the rugby

Prince Harry at a Rugby World Cup match last week. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Prince Harry will be attending the Rugby World Cup match between Georgia and Namibia at Exeter's Sandy Park today.

He'll also be in Paignton, presenting an award to the town's rugby club. It's to recognise the contribution the club has made to promote rugby in the community. The Prince will meet coaches, players and volunteers.

Exeter's stars picked for England squad ahead of final World Cup game

Exeter Chiefs star Henry Slade, will join teammate Jack Nowell to play in England's Rugby World Cup game this Saturday Credit: PA Images

Following England's loss to Australia last weekend, the team are putting Exeter stars Henry Slade and Jack Nowell into the frame, in what will be England's final Rugby World Cup pool match.

It will be the first Rugby World Cup appearance for both players, with head coach Stuart Lancaster making a raft of changes for the game against Uruguay on Saturday.

Nowell has been recalled on the wing, while Slade has been named in the number 13 slot, winning only his second cap for England.

Fanzone in Exeter to stay despite England exit

The Fanzone in Northernhay Gardens will continue to screen matches Credit: ITV Westcountry

Exeter's Fanzone will remain open for the rest of the Rugby World Cup - despite the national team's departure from the tournament. Gloucester have decided to shut theirs after the last match at Kingsholm on October 11th - blaming costs for the closure.

But Exeter City Council says it's determined to carry on with the Fanzone in Northernhay Gardens - with huge crowds already turning out for games. The next match to played at Sandy Park takes place on Wednesday between Namibia and Georgia.

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