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Rugby World Cup 2015 Official Team Bases Confirmed

Rugby World Cup 2015 Official Team Bases Confirmed

• England Rugby 2015 confirm 41 Team Bases selected for use at Rugby World Cup 2015
• 20 competing teams will be based across England and Wales
• Team Bases selected in consultation with the teams to ensure optimum training environments
• Range of rugby clubs, schools, universities and dedicated training centres have been selected
• Team Bases extend the reach of Rugby World Cup 2015 to even more communities in England and Wales

England Rugby 2015, the Organising Committee for Rugby World Cup 2015 (RWC 2015), has announced the list of 41 Team Bases which will host the 20 participating teams during the Tournament, taking place in England and in Cardiff between September 18 and October 31 2015.

The search for Team Bases was launched via an open tender process in April 2013 and just under 100 bids were received from across the country and in Wales. All prospective Team Bases were subject to a rigorous selection process which included an expansive and detailed programme of site visits as well as liaison with the competing Rugby World Cup 2015 teams.

A Rugby World Cup 2015 Team Base will consist of an outdoor and indoor training facility, a swimming pool, gym and hotel and will be utilised by the competing teams in the lead up to and during the six week event. The facilities must meet international team training standards and be located on one site or within close proximity of one another. Match venue locations have also been taken into account as part of the selection programme.

A mix of rugby clubs, schools, colleges, universities and dedicated training facilities will be utilised by the 20 teams, taking the reach of the Tournament even further. Eight bases have also been selected for use during the knock out phase of the Tournament.

England Rugby 2015 CEO, Debbie Jevans, said: “As the Organising Committee for Rugby World Cup 2015 we are committed to ensuring that all participating teams have the optimum training environments available to them throughout the Tournament and we are delighted to announce the 41 official Team Bases. Rugby is at the heart of all our planning and we have worked closely with the teams to ensure that they have access to the best facilities and a Team Base that meets their individual needs.

“I would like to thank all those who have been part of the Team Base selection programme. We are lucky to have some fantastic facilities right across the country and the enthusiasm to be part of the Tournament has been really encouraging. We are confident that we now have 41 high quality training environments which provide a home away from home for the teams. With a wide range of facilities and locations secured we can give players a unique Rugby World Cup 2015 experience whilst spreading the reach of the Tournament even further throughout England and in Wales.”

IRB Chairman, Bernard Lapasset, added: “Rugby World Cup 2015 will be an event that has players and fans at heart, and I am delighted that the teams participating at England 2015 will have access to exceptional facilities the length and breadth of the host nation. It is the attention to detail on and off the field that will elevate this event to new levels and this team base selection will ensure that all the teams have everything they need to perform to their peak potential on Rugby’s greatest stage.”


RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015 TEAM BASES:

ARGENTINACheltenham RFC (Cheltenham RFC, Leisure@, Gym 66)
Haileybury School
St George’s Park
AUSTRALIAUniversity of Bath
Dulwich College
CANADACardiff Metropolitan University
West Park Leeds RUFC (West Park Leeds RUFC, John Charles Centre for Sport)
Leicester Grammar School
Swansea University (Swansea University, Wales National Pool Swansea)
ENGLANDPennyhill Park
Salford (The AJ Bell Stadium, Irlam and Cadishead Leisure Centre)
FIJIMilton Keynes and MK Dons (Woughton On The Green, Bletchley Leisure Centre)
Swansea University (Swansea University, Wales National Pool Swansea)
London Irish RFC (London Irish RFC, Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Complex)
FRANCEThe Vale Resort
Trinity School Croydon
GEORGIAWoodbury Park and Bicton College (Woodbury Park Hotel and Golf Club, Bicton College)
Bristol & SGS Wise (South Gloucestershire & Stroud College, Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre)
Celtic Manor and Newport (Newport High School/Active Living Centre, The Celtic Academy)
IRELANDCeltic Manor and Newport (Newport High School/Active Living Centre, The Celtic Academy)
St George’s Park
Surrey Sports Park
Sport Wales National Centre
ITALYSurrey Sports Park
Cobham RFC (Cobham RFC, ACS Cobham)
JAPANWarwick School
Brighton College
NAMIBIALoughborough University
Cobham RFC (Cobham RFC, ACS Cobham)
Plymouth (University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth Albion RFC, Plymouth Life Centre and Royal Navy Rugby Union)
NEW ZEALANDThe Lensbury and St Mary’s University
Sport Wales National Centre
Darlington Mowden Park (Darlington Mowden Park RFC, MiddlesboroughFC)
ROMANIASutton Coldfield RFC ( Sutton Coldfield RFC, Birmingham Metropolitan College, Wyndley Leisure Centre, CrossFitB76)
Woodbury Park and Bicton College (Woodbury Park Hotel and Golf Club, Bicton College)
Dulwich College
SAMOASutton Coldfield RFC (Sutton Coldfield RFC Birmingham Metropolitan College, Wyndley Leisure Centre, CrossFitB76)
University of Brighton (University of Brighton, Prince Regent Swimming Complex)
Gateshead (Gateshead International Stadium, Gateshead Leisure Centre, Gateshead College)
Milton Keynes & MK Dons (Woughton On The Green, Bletchley Leisure Centre)
SCOTLANDHartpury College
Leeds Metropolitan University and University of Leeds
Newcastle Royal Grammar School
SOUTH AFRICAThe Lensbury and St Mary’s University
University of Birmingham
Gateshead (Gateshead International Stadium, , Gateshead Leisure Centre, Gateshead College)
Eastbourne College and University of Brighton (Eastbourne College, University of Brighton – Eastbourne Campus)
TONGACheltenham RFC (Cheltenham RFC, Leisure@, Gym 66)
Loughborough University
University of Exeter
University of Northumbria (University of Northumbria at Newcastle)
USAHaileybury School
Hartpury College
Leeds Trinity University (Leeds Trinity University, Kirkstall Leisure Centre)
Portsmouth Royal Navy Rugby Union
WALESThe Vale Resort
London Irish RFC (London Irish RFC, Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Complex)
PLAYOFF WINNERCeltic Manor and Newport (Newport High School/Active Living Centre, The Celtic Academy)
Loughborough University
Moulton College
Manchester (Broughton Park FC (Rugby Union), The Hough End Centre, Manchester Aquatics Centre)
KNOCK OUT PHASECeltic Manor and Newport
Swansea University
The Vale Resort
Sport Wales National Centre
Pennyhill Park
Surrey Sports Park
The Lensbury and St Mary’s University
London Irish RFC

ENDS
Notes to editors
RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015 TEAM BASES: University of Bath, University of Birmingham, Brighton College, University of Brighton, Bristol & SGS WISE, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Celtic Manor & Newport, Cheltenham RFC, Cobham RFC, Darlington Mowden Park, Dulwich College, Eastbourne College & University of Brighton, University of Exeter, Haileybury School, Gateshead, Hartpury College, Leeds Metropolitan University & University of Leeds, Leeds Trinity University, West Park Leeds RUFC, Leicester Grammar School, London Irish RFC, Loughborough University, Manchester, Milton Keynes & MK Dons, Moulton College, Newcastle Royal Grammar School, University of Northumbria, Pennyhill Park, Plymouth, Portsmouth Royal Navy Rugby Union, Salford, St George's Park, Surrey Sports Park, Sutton Coldfield RFC, Swansea University, The Lensbury & St Mary's University, The Vale Resort, Trinity School Croydon, Sport Wales National Centre, Warwick School, Woodbury Park & Bicton College

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