Exeter celebrates one year until Rugby World Cup 2015
It’s exactly one year until Rugby World Cup 2015 and Exeter is celebrating as the Host City counts down to the big event.
Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off on September 18, 2015, with Sandy Park in Exeter hosting three matches throughout the tournament.
Tickets for all Rugby World Cup 2015 matches went on sale last week, including the Sandy Park matches:
Tonga v Namibia, September 29, 2015
Namibia v Georgia, October 7, 2015
Italy v Romania, October 11, 2015
Cllr Rosie Denham, Lead Councillor for Economy and Culture, said: “This time next year the action will be under way and in Exeter the first match will be just around the corner. It’s not long now and with tickets on sale and the posts and banners up around the city, you can definitely feel the excitement starting to build.”
Schools around the city have been marking the one year to go anniversary on the Cathedral Green.
Five Exeter Schools have pledged their support for the nations playing their games at Sandy Park:
Exminster Primary School – Georgia
Clyst St Mary Primary School – Italy
Rockbeare C of E Primary School – Namibia
Clyst Heath Community Primary School – Romania
Kenn C of E Primary School – Tonga
The schools marked the occasion by marching on to the Cathedral Green carrying the five flags of the countries taking part at Sandy Park. They were greeted by the Dean of the Cathedral, Dr Jonathan Draper, and then formed the shape of a giant rugby post, while Exeter Chiefs players Tom Johnson and Luke Cowan-Dickie looked on.
Tony Rowe, of Exeter Chiefs, said: “It’s great to see so many Exeter youngsters enjoying the build-up to Rugby World Cup 2015 and we’re happy at Sandy Park to be involved in hosting three top-drawer matches. I can’t wait until next September for the action to begin.”
Up to one million tickets have gone on general sale for all 48 matches at Rugby World Cup 2015. Ticket prices for matches at Sandy Park start at £7 for children and £15 for adults. People can apply for tickets at www.tickets.rugbyworldcup.com from September, 12 to 29, 2014.