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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.

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Over 200 homes planned at new Exeter IKEA site

IKEA is planning to build over 200 new homes in Eeeter Credit: Tobias Hase

Swedish furniture firm IKEA is planning hundreds of new homes in its proposals for a major new store in Exeter. It is about to start public consultation over its huge development in the city.

The planning application will shortly be lodged with the city council, and will include proposals for up to 220 homes on half of the site.

Before the plan is submitted, the company says it wants to get feedback on how the store should be developed. They will go on display

in Exeter next week.

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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Exeter's Sandy Park to be Rugby World Cup venue

Sandy Park will play host to teams from across the world Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.

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