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Squad to be announced for Rugby World Cup

Jack Nowell at an England training session Credit: PA

Exeter Chief's rugby players will be eagerly awaiting the announcement of England's Rugby World Cup Squad this afternoon.

Henry Slade, Jack Nowell and Geoff Parling are tipped to get into Stuart Lancaster's 31-man squad after an impressive last season which saw the team narrowly miss out on the Premiership play-offs.

Rugby World Cup 2015: One month to go until kick-off

The Webb Ellis Trophy has been touring the West Country, inspiring young players. Credit: Hannah McKay / PA

Today marks exactly one month to go until the start of the Rugby World Cup - and the UK hosting it.

Exeter's Sandy Park stadium is holding three matches in the competition, with Tonga, Namibia, Georgia, Italy and Romania all making their way to Devon.

The Webb Ellis Trophy has been touring our region ahead of the tournament's start, going on show and inspiring young players.

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Webb Ellis trophy goes on show at Sandy Park

Rugby's World Cup, the Webb Ellis trophy, has been on show at Sandy Park which is going to be hosting part of the tournament in September.

There are still 70 days until it all kicks off but until the action gets underway, fans have been taking advantage of perfect selfie opportunities as the trophy tours our region.

Richard Lawrence reports:

Webb Ellis Cup inspires West's young rugby players

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The Rugby World Cup trophy has been touring the West Country this week as a pre-taste of the tournament, which starts later this year.

Jacquie Bird met some of the young players hoping the trophy brings them luck for their rugby futures - including girls' teams determined to show it's not just a boy's sport.

The cup continues its tour, visiting Exeter tomorrow and Friday.

The tournament itself starts on September 18, with some matches played at Exeter's Sandy Park.

Rugby World Cup arrives in the West Country

The Webb Ellis Trophy visits the West Country as part of the 100 day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour Credit: Hannah McKay/PA

The Webb Ellis Trophy is in the West Country today as part of the 100 day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

It'll begin its journey at the Eden Project before heading to Perranporth Beach. It then moves east - taking in Haytor on Dartmoor, Sandy Park in Exeter and Weymouth.

Sandy Park is hosting three games during the competition which is due to kick off in September.

Meanwhile the fixtures for next season's premiership campaign have been revealed. Exeter Chiefs open their season away at Bath on October 17th. Their first home match is against London Welsh on October 24th.

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100 days to go until the Rugby World Cup

Exeter is one of the cities hosting the World Cup Credit: England Rugby 2015

It's 100 days to go until the start of the Rugby World Cup 2015. Sandy Park in Exeter is one of 13 match venues.

The games at Sandy Park include:

- Tonga v Namibia, 29 September

- Namibia v Georgia, 7 October

- Italy v Romania, 11 October

It's thought the three matches at Sandy Park will generate £39 million of economic activity to city, create 286 new jobs, increase visitor numbers to the city and wider area and establish a long lasting legacy.

As well as the 100 day countdown to the start of the Tournament, the Webb Ellis Cup starts its journey around the UK and Ireland as part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

Exeter 'yarn bombs' for the Rugby World Cup

The streets of Exeter are being covered in bunting and wool to celebrate the Rugby World Cup later this year. People are being encouraged to take part in 'yarn bombing' - using wool to decorate the city.

Organisers want decorations in white, yellow, red, green and blue - the colours of the teams taking part in the games at Sandy Park.

Exeter to show its rugby colours in time for World Cup

Rugby World Cup games will be played at Sandy Park. Credit: ITV News

Preparations are underway to clad Exeter in bunting and 'yarn bombing'.

The city will be white, yellow, red, green and blue - the colours of the teams taking part in the Rugby World Cup 2015 games at Sandy Park.

A launch event is taking place at Exeter Corn Exchange this afternoon.

Bunting will decorate the city centre to celebrate the upcoming tournament. Credit: ITV News
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