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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.


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.


Two years until World Cup comes to Exeter

Exeter Chiefs players mark the countdown to the World Cup Credit: ITV News West Country

The rugby world cup in England begins two years today. Exeter has marked its place as one of the host venues by putting up ten rugby posts at locations throughout the city.

Exeter Chiefs players joined council officials to kick off the countdown to the tournament. Three matches will be played at Sandy Park.

Exeter Chairman: this is a "massive achievement"

Tony Rowe OBE, Exeter Rugby Club Chairman and Chief Executive, says being selected as a venue for the 2015 Rugby World Cup is a "massive achievement."

The news that Sandy Park and the City of Exeter have been selected as a Rugby World Cup venue is fantastic news not only for everyone associated with the club, but also Exeter, Devon and the South West as a whole. Bringing the World Cup to our doorsteps is a massive achievement and again highlights how we as a club are now seen by others within the game. Already a great deal of hard work has been put in as part of the application process, but this will increase significantly over the next few months as we look to offer the perfect venue for the game’s premier tournament.

– Tony Rowe OBE, Chairman and Chief Executive, Exeter Rugby Club
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