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One year to go to Rugby World Cup 2015 at Olympic Stadium

23 September 2014 in 2012 Games and legacy and Sport and leisure
The glittering Webb Ellis Cup came to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park today (23 Sept) as Newham Council, an official Host City for Rugby World Cup 2015, celebrated exactly one year to go to the first of the five matches in the Tournament to be played at the Olympic Stadium.
Newham councillors greeted the Trophy with Newham’s Young Rugby Ambassador Alex Pearmain and youngsters from nearby Chobham Academy, whose pupils are part of Rugby World Cup 2015’s School Rugby Ambassador programme run by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Youth Sport Trust.

Newham Council and Tournament organisers England Rugby 2015 are helping to ensure a lasting legacy from hosting Rugby World Cup 2015 by distributing 200 Rugby balls to secondary schools across the borough’s community neighbourhood areas and for youth activities at East London Rugby Club in West Ham.

Councillor Ian Corbett, Newham’s mayoral adviser for environment and leisure, said: “We are proud and excited to be Host City of Rugby World Cup 2015 at the iconic Olympic Stadium. We’re delighted to welcome Rugby’s most coveted prize to Newham exactly one year away from the first of the five matches being played at the Stadium. It’s a Tournament that’s too good to miss.”

Newham Council and the London Legacy Development Corporation, through the E20 Stadium Partnership, have agreed for five matches to be played at the Olympic Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The games are:
  • France v Romania – 8pm, Weds September 23 2015
  • New Zealand v Namibia – 8pm, Thurs September 24 2015
  • Ireland v Italy – 4.45pm, Sun October 4 2015
  • South Africa v USA – 4.45pm, Weds October 7 2015
  • Bronze Final – 8pm, Fri October 30 2015.
Added Cllr Corbett: “We want to get our residents talking about Rugby and we want our young people to be inspired to take up the sport. Newham showed during the 2012 Games that we can create a festival atmosphere and we want 2015 to be a celebration of Rugby and its unique qualities. Newham and the Olympic Stadium will be great hosts.”
Tickets for the five matches at the Stadium and the other 43 games in the Tournament are on sale until 29 September. To apply you need to create an account at and then choose the 48 matches and price category you want to apply for.

Steve Grainger, RFU Rugby Development Director, said: “Hosting Rugby World Cup 2015 gives us a unique opportunity to build a lasting Rugby legacy across the country for generations to come. It is fantastic to see the Webb Ellis Cup in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and we hope everyone is starting to feel a real sense of excitement about the Tournament. Working with Newham Council, we want to raise awareness of Rugby union in this part of London to inspire more young people to play the game.”

Debbie Jevans, Chief Executive of England Rugby 2015, said: “This is an exciting moment as up to one million tickets are on sale for Rugby World Cup 2015. We have worked hard to develop a ticketing system which makes the application process easy and efficient as possible. Fans have until 29 September to apply and with prices starting at £15 for adults and £7 for children it’s a fantastic opportunity to watch the world’s best teams play in some of the best venues in England and Cardiff.”