The very first Rugby World Cup mascot has been unveiled - and he's from the West Country.
Archie Bryan, from Yealmpton was chosen after entering a competition in which he sung the national anthem and offered words of advice to the England team.
He was given the good news by Exeter Chiefs players Luke Cowan-Dickie and Henry Slade at Sandy Park, which will host three matches during the tournament later this year.
Rugby fans who don't have their World Cup tickets yet can relax - 20,000 new tickets go on sale today.
With Exeter one of 11 cities hosting the tournament and three matches at Sandy Park, rugby fever is going strong in our region. Local clubs are getting young people involved, and fans are eagerly awaiting the chance to see the biggest event in the rugby calendar on their home turf.
Click here for the link to the ticket sale. More will be released over the next few months, before the tournament begins in September.
The location of the Fanzone in Exeter for the forthcoming Rugby World Cup has been revealed.
Northernhay Gardens in the heart of the city will be open for thirteen days to allow supporters to share the World Cup experience.
Each fanzone will include a big screen, rugby activities, food and drink and what organisers are calling "unique regional content". It'll have room for more than 5,000 spectators.
The trophy will also be in Exeter earlier in the year.
The Rugby World Cup will be on tour around the West Country later in the year.
It'll be in the South West between July 7th and 17th.
A full list of the South West locations:
- July 7 - Isle of Scilly Five Islands School, Eden Project, and Perranporth Beach
- July 8 - Plymouth University, Dartmoor National Park, Exmouth RFC, and Crediton RFC
- July 9 - South West
- July 10 - Sandy Park, and Woodbury Park, Exeter
- July 11 - Exeter City Centre
- July 12 - Weymouth Beach, Oakmeadians RFC and Devizes
- July 13 - University of Bath, Odd Down Playing Fields, and Guildhall
- July 14 - South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, and Bristol Grammar School
- July 15 - Kingsholm Stadium, Hartpury College, and Gloucester Cathedral
- July 16 - Gloucester Docks, Gloucester City Museum, and Cheltenham RFC
Launching on June 10, 100 days to go to the opening match, the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour will travel through Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Wales and England before arriving at Twickenham Stadium on September 18 ahead of the Opening Ceremony.
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.
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.
Rugby fans in the region were able to get a close up view of the World Cup today. The trophy was on on display in the Guildhall in Exeter, and later at Sandy Park, home of the Exeter Chiefs. The ground will host some of the matches in next year's World Cup. Steve Hardy reports.
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.
The unsung heroes of the Olympic games in 2012 were the so called Games makers - the volunteers.
Well next year the rugby world cup comes to our region and all this week organisers have been holding interviews in Exeter to select the thousands of people needed to help it run smoothly. Richard Lawrence reports.