We’re just four months away now from the most exciting event on the rugby calendar – the Rugby World Cup.
Taking place in hosting country Great Britain, the quadrennial event will kick off on 18th September at Twickenham Stadium, after which six weeks of exciting events will culminate in the final, which returns to Twickenham once again on 31st October.
Teams from England, Wales, Japan, Canada, South Africa and more will all be gunning for the coveted Webb Ellis Cup. Hoping to hold onto the cup are New Zealand, who, with odds of 6/4, are current favourites to take the title home once again. They hold the most amount of titles, together with Australia and South Africa, each of whom have both won the cup twice since the tournament began in 1987.
But while many other nations will doubtless be looking forward to building up to the event, it wouldn’t be a World Cup celebration without a few events from the host. To commemorate the event, England Rugby 2015 has created 15 ‘Fanzones’ which will play host to a plethora of exciting entertainment, from big screens to watch highlights to live entertainment and food and drink outlets.
The zones will crop up in Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Leicester, Birmingham, Rugby, Milton Keynes, Gloucester, Brent, Newham, Cardiff, Richmond, Central London, Exeter and Brighton and Hove. Though we still have a while to wait before the official teams of some countries will be announced, Britain is already gearing up for the event by welcoming the aforementioned trophy this June.
On June 1st, having completed its International Tour throughout Canada, Germany and more, the Web Ellis trophy will be “coming home,” 100 days before the kick-off of the first match. The tour will cover some of the most famous rugby spots in England including Rugby, the “home” of the sport, as well as Manchester.
England Rugby 2015 CEO Debbie Jevans said: “We are pleased to deliver another tournament first with an official Fanzone in every host city as well as additional Fanzones in Rugby – the birthplace of the game – and London’s Trafalgar Square.
“Capacities will range from 2,000 to over 10,000 and we would like to thank all of our host cities, local authorities and the Mayor of London for their fantastic support and we look forward to welcoming upwards of one million people to the official Fanzones.”