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.
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
Exeter's Sandy Park will play host to Tonga in the first of three matches to be held at the World Cup venue. They'll take on the qualifiers of Africa One on September 29th. Italy will take on Europe Two on October 11th.
Exeter Chief's home stadium of Sandy Park has been officially confirmed as one of 13 venues across the country to host the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Gloucester's Kingsholm stadium has also been selected. They're the only rugby club venues to be chosen.