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Two years to go: Sign up for the Front Row

  • 18 September 2013 19:05
  • Posted by @markbooth_mcfc

Today marks just two years to go until Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off in England, and as one of cities set to host the tournament we can’t wait to welcome Rugby and the world to Manchester.

Rugby World Cup is the third biggest sports event in the world with a TV audience in excess of four billion, and we are proud to be a part of this spectacular six-week celebration of rugby.

Our stadium is set to host the only England game outside of Twickenham on the 10th October, 2015.

This is a great opportunity for local people to get involved in a truly global tournament. We want the whole city to embrace the visiting teams and fans, and together we can ensure that we create some unforgettable RWC 2015 memories.

There are many different ways to get involved in RWC 2015; buying a ticket for a match, volunteering, visiting a Fan Zone or watching on TV. However fans choose to get in on the action, they will be guaranteed an awesome experience.

Sign up to The Front Row for all the latest tournament news, including information on tickets and volunteering for Rugby World Cup 2015.

RFU launches Posts in the Parks to mark two years to go to RWC 2015

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) have also launched their Posts in the Parks scheme to mark two years to go to the start of Rugby World Cup 2015 (RWC2015).

Single rugby posts are being installed in parks in the 10 RWC2015 English host cities including Manchester as visible symbols of the RFU’s commitment to broadening the appeal of rugby and to reaching out to new audiences and new areas. 

From Newcastle to Exeter and from Birmingham to London, the specially designed posts will raise people’s awareness of rugby, to get the nation behind the tournament and help them feel a real connection to the sport in the build-up to RWC2015.

Chief Executive Ian Ritchie was joined at the launch by England Rugby 2015 CEO Debbie Jevans and former England player and ER 2015 Ambassador Lawrence Dallaglio, together with local school children.

Launched last year, All Schools is a key part of the RFU’s Legacy plans, aiming to create a step-change in the number of secondary schools playing rugby union by supporting schools new to rugby over a three year period. It forms one of the RFU’s seven legacy strands of the Rugby World Cup 2015 to deliver the greatest participation legacy for the game.

From building capacity by getting more school children playing rugby to improving facilities in rugby clubs, to increasing the quantity and quality of coaches, or inspiring participation by encouraging players to return to the game, the RFU’s Lead up and Legacy plans are on track and making good progress.

Ian Ritchie, Chief Executive said: “When we launched our legacy vision last year, we talked about inspiring people and bringing rugby to more people across the country. Today marks an important step on that journey to get people thinking about the game and to make the most of the opportunities that hosting the Rugby World Cup brings.

“Over the past year we have put in place realistic plans and additional investment to ensure that we build a lasting legacy for the game. We want more people playing, coaching, refereeing and volunteering, watching and talking about rugby - and we are on our way to delivering that vision.”

Lawrence Dallaglio, who was a key member of England’s 2003 World Cup winning side and is an ambassador for England 2015 added: 

“Two years out from the tournament and we are already seeing the impact of Rugby World Cup 2015 being hosted in England. ‘Posts in the Parks’ is a great concept – to see 100 rugby posts going up in parks all across the country is a real opportunity to raise interest and awareness of the game."

...Lawrence Dallaglio...

"For the RFU to have a legacy programme in place now means that more people can have access to rugby – not only in the lead-up and during the tournament, but long afterwards.” 

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