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A year until Rugby World Cup comes to Exeter

Celebrations in Exeter a year to Rugby World Cup Credit: ITV West Country/Jacquie Bird

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.

Countdown to Rugby World Cup in Exeter

It's a year until the first game of the Rugby World Cup takes place on 18 September 2015 Credit: PA

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.

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Rugby World Cup comes to Exeter

The Webb Ellis Cup will be on display at Exeter's Guildhall and Sandy Park Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

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.

Having the Webb Ellis Cup in Exeter for such an exciting day was a too big to miss. The development work that has taken place at Sandy Park over the summer has been outstanding and Exeter is very proud to have such a forward thinking Rugby club within the city.

– Cllr Rosie Denham Lead Councillor for Economy & Culture

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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