RWC 2015 Two Years To Go

Date posted: 18/09/2013

Two Years To Go

September 18th marks just two years to go until England hosts Rugby World Cup 2015.

As a Tournament Supplier for RWC 2015, Gilbert Rugby is proud to be part of this spectacular celebration of rugby, which we hope will inspire millions around the world to play and support the game.

With two years to go until the start of Rugby World Cup 2015, Tournament Organisers England Rugby 2015 Limited and Tournament Owners Rugby World Cup Limited are on track to deliver the games showpiece event.

CEO Debbie Jevans today outlined the progress made to date and the exciting 24 months that lie ahead before Rugby World Cup begins in September 2015. With the Organising Committee now 50 strong, increasing to 70 staff by the end of the year, the key priorities including building the team, selecting the match venues, finalising the schedule, setting the tournament vision and developing the detailed delivery plans and timelines have all been completed. With the foundations now in place, and a strong response and show of support from the cities and venues who will deliver the third largest global sporting event, England Rugby 2015 will complete a busy 12 months with confirmation of kick-off times and the ticketing strategy and pricing before the end of the year.

On the two years to go milestone, England Rugby 2015 CEO Debbie Jevans, said: In the last 12 months we have achieved a great deal and laid the foundations two years out we are on track and in good shape. We are now focused on finalising the kick off times and the ticketing strategy by the end of the year. We continue to work with the IRB and all our key stakeholders and our aim is for tickets to be as affordable and accessible as possible. As we move into 2014 we begin to fully engage and mobilise our plans with the launch of the volunteer programme, international Webb Ellis Cup tour and tickets going on sale.

On the RFU's Posts in the Park legacy programme, launched with two years to go until RWC 2015, Jevans added: Our role as the Organising Committee is to host and stage a tournament that not only delivers the best possible experience for the spectators and the players but also helps grow the game so we are delighted to support the RFU Posts in the Park programme. The tournament provides a unique opportunity for rugby in this country.

IRB CEO and RWCL Managing Director Brett Gosper added: In exactly two years, England will host one of the biggest sporting and cultural festivals the country has ever seen. For 44 days, the worlds top 700 players representing 20 nations will be performing to a global audience of 4 billion across 13 venues the length and breadth of the country, showcasing Rugby and the host nation. As we reach this landmark, I am confident that preparations are on track to ensure that Rugby World Cup 2015 will be remembered as the best ever event from a sporting experience and impact perspective that will deliver unprecedented benefits to the host nation and to the profile and development of our sport and its character-building values worldwide.

Looking ahead to the tournament, Minister for Sport and Tourism, Hugh Robertson, said: Rugby World Cup 2015 will be a fantastic tournament, bringing new fans and players to the game both domestically and internationally. With two years to go until it kicks off strong plans are in place to ensure both the players and spectators are well looked after and a legacy for the sport is delivered.

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