Coventry celebrates 100 days to RWC 2015

Coventry’s rugby community has joined together to kick-off the final countdown to the 2015 Rugby World Cup. 

There are just 100 days to go until England and Fiji get the Rugby World Cup 2015 underway at Twickenham on Friday, September 18. 

To mark the milestone, local rugby clubs, sport providers and other leading figures in the city gathered at the War Memorial Park to announce a programme of events taking place in the city during the lead up to the tournament.  

Coventry Sports Week will kick-off festivities on Tuesday, July 28 until Friday 31 July, with people able to take part in an action-packed week of a variety of sports including various rugby-themed activities at Broadgate, in the city centre. 

The highlight of the summer will be the 2015 Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour which will stop off in Coventry on Sunday, August 16.  

A festival of rugby will be held at War Memorial Park from 12-4pm to welcome rugby’s greatest prize, the Webb Ellis trophy, to the city and local rugby clubs will also gather for a celebration event and photo opportunity at Coventry Cathedral.  

Other rugby events happening in the city include the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s, which will be held at the Ricoh Arena on Friday, August 21 and the Engage! International Youth Tag Rugby 7s tournament which will bring together children from all over the world for a festival of rugby and sporting values between Friday, September 4 and Friday, September 11.

Wasps will then take on Samoa in a Rugby World Cup warm up game at the Ricoh Arena on the weekend of Saturday 5 or Sunday 6 September.

Live screenings of the home nations’ games will also be played on the big screen at Millennium Place throughout the RWC 2015 tournament, giving people the chance to support England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales during their quest to lift the Webb Ellis Trophy. 

Coventry’s Rugby World Cup programme of events has been developed by Warwickshire RFU, the Engage! programme and Coventry City Council, working together with Wasps, Coventry Rugby Club and other local clubs across the city.

Nick Eastwood, deputy chairman of Wasps, said: “It’s set to be a fantastic summer of rugby in Coventry during the build-up to Rugby World Cup 2015. Wasps have been fortunate to experience first-hand how passionate the support is in a city which has such a proud rugby history.

“We are looking forward to playing our part in this festival of rugby, as the Ricoh Arena hosts the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s on 21 August, followed by Samoa on the weekend of 5/6 September, as they prepare for their world cup campaign. 

“It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the game we all love, from grass roots level to the international game, and to build excitement for the Rugby World Cup in which we will proudly be supporting a number of Wasps players representing their countries.”

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