The Rugby World Cup 2015 inspired many people up and down the country to get involved in rugby and thanks to the support from local clubs, schools and coaches, many more people are now playing the sport.
To continue this legacy, and in recognition of the great work of grassroots rugby clubs, the RFU has gifted 20,015 Gilbert Rugby World Cup replica and competing nation balls to RFU member clubs, with balls being allocated to grassroots clubs across England.
Steve Grainger, RFU Rugby Development Director, said “The country is still abuzz with rugby fever following Rugby World Cup 2015, with more and more people, from young and old to beginners and experienced, taking up and returning to our great game. We are committed to continuing the Tournament’s legacy and ensuring the appetite for rugby continues to grow.
This is one way that we can reward our clubs and players at the heart of rugby, giving back to those that are championing the sport and opening up opportunities to get more people playing.
“With the World Rugby Under 20 Championships taking place in Manchester this coming June, the first time on home soil, there are lots of ways for people to be a part of the action, whether through volunteering, playing, coaching or spectating. We hope these replica balls will inspire players and clubs to continue their great work.”
Hosted by the RFU, the World Rugby U20 Championship will take place at the AJ Bell Stadium, home of Sale Sharks, and Manchester City Academy Stadium in June 2016. The Tournament will showcase the future stars of rugby, giving fans of the sport the chance to support our young talent on home turf. With England winning the competition in 2013 and 2014, and finishing runners up in 2015, England will be looking to reclaim their position at the top for 2016. For tickets, go to http://www.englandrugby.com/u20championships/tickets/
Richard Gray, Sales and Marketing Director of Gilbert, said “As the Official Ball of both RWC 2015, the World Rugby U20 Championship and of England Rugby Gilbert are delighted to work with the RFU in supporting this exciting legacy initiative. Never before have so many balls been distributed in such a comprehensive way across the entire country. It’s a perfect way for Gilbert to enhance its support of the RFU All Schools Programme and of rugby at Club and County level.”