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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.

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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Mascot madness at Sandy Park

Mascots in Unison at Sandy Park Credit: Azure Photography

Famous mascots from across Devon joined forces at Sandy Park for some half time fun to celebrate the Rugby World Cup coming to Devon.

The Exeter Chiefs v London Welsh rugby match hosted the mascots from the top attractions throughout the county.

Mascots in Unison at Sandy Park Credit: Azure Photography

This event symbolises the way forward for Devon tourism and demonstrates local tourism businesses putting on a united front and working together across the South West.

We had tourist attractions, accommodation providers, local public transport and charities all joining together to promote the Rugby World Cup and all that Devon has to offer.

– Simon Fishwick, Chairman of Devon’s Top Attractions

Rugby World Cup will bring millions to Exeter's economy

The Webb Ellis Cup Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

It is estimated that the Rugby World Cup in 2015 will bring £17 million to Exeter's economy.

An economic impact study has revealed that the Tournament will generate economic output of £39 million - £17 million of which will be added to the local economy.

Sandy Park will be one of 13 venues hosting matches during the Tournament - which begins next September.

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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