Rugby World Cup 2015 Fever Set to Storm Eastbourne This September
Rugby World Cup 2015 fever is set to storm Eastbourne this September, with big screen events on the opening weekend and a visit from the Webb Ellis Cup as part of the 100-day Trophy Tour of the UK and Ireland.
Arriving on 2 September, the Trophy will be on display at both Eastbourne Rugby Football Club and Eastbourne College for one day only, as it tours events across the country, including the University of Brighton campus at Eastbourne, ahead of the world’s third largest sporting event.
A few weeks later, sports fans will be able to watch all of the action from the opening weekend of Rugby World Cup 2015 at Eastbourne RFC with a big screen event held in conjunction with Eastbourne Borough Council, showing free live coverage from 18 – 20 September.
Eastbourne Borough Council Senior Head of Tourism and Enterprise, Phil Evans said “This is great news for sport in Eastbourne, both for rugby fans and for our future sporting talent. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Trophy, and this opportunity will be awe-inspiring for children to take up Rugby or indeed any sport.”
Named after William Webb Ellis, the founder of Rugby, the Trophy returns to England this June after the year-long 15-country International Trophy Tour.
The Trophy will end its journey at Twickenham for the start of the Tournament on 18 September. Eastbourne’s three day live fan festival at Eastbourne RFC will feature catering and a licensed bar, along with eight matches broadcast live, including the opening match of England v Fiji.
Fraser Brooks, Chairman of Eastbourne RFC added “Eastbourne RFC was chosen to welcome the trophy and we consider that to be a great honour. We hope as many local people as possible will come to the club on September 2 and join us at the start of what promises to be a great month for our sport."
Eastbourne also welcomes the South African team later this year as an official training venue using Eastbourne College and the University of Brighton sports facilities, prior to their first match at the Brighton Community Stadium on 19 September.
Simon Davies, Headmaster of Eastbourne College commented “In the 1950s and 60s Eastbourne College regularly hosted the British Lions. In 1962 they prepared here for their tour to South Africa and in 1953 the New Zealand All Blacks trained on College Field; we have a great picture of them practising the haka.
We are very excited to be hosting the Springboks in 2015. We hope they will feel welcome and at home and we’re sure their visit will be inspirational to people across the town, particularly to young sportsmen and sportswomen.”
Fans will be able to watch the South African team’s first match on the big screen at Eastbourne RFC along with other matches which include:
18 Sept England v Fiji 8pm
19 Sept Tonga v Georgia 12 noon
Ireland v Canada 2.30pm
South Africa v Japan 4.45pm
France v Italy 8pm
20 Sept Samoa v USA 12 noon
Wales v Uruguay 2.30pm
New Zealand v Argentina 4.45pm
For more information visit www.visiteastbourne.com/rugby
26 May, 2015
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