#RWC2015 stirs up a storm
Wednesday marked two years to go until Rugby World Cup 2015, and people from all over the world have been showing their excitement about rugby’s showpiece event coming to England. We take a look at this week’s milestone and how people celebrated it.
In England, communities from all corners of the country got involved in the action, with youngsters from the 10 RWC 2015 host cities joining in the launch of the Rugby Football Union’s Posts in the Park programme, a grass-roots legacy initiative aimed at inspiring more people to play and support the Game.
In London, RWC 2003 winner and England Rugby 2015 Ambassador Lawrence Dallaglio ran a coaching session for a group of youngsters to celebrate the launch of the new posts in Hounslow. In Milton Keynes, snowboarders showed off their skills by jumping through the city’s newly erected posts at an indoor ski-centre as fellow Ambassador Will Greenwood and Canada full back James Pritchard also got in on the act.
On the south coast, schoolchildren in Brighton enjoyed a game of tag rugby on the beach in their specially made 2YTG t-shirts. In the south west, youngsters enjoyed the installation of Exeter’s new posts with Chiefs players Tom Johnson and Fetu’u Vainikolo who will be hoping to feature at RWC 2015 for England and Tonga respectively.
Other RWC 2015 host cities Leicester, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham, Gloucester and Newham (London) also ran events to celebrate the Posts in the Park launch to coincide with the two years to go milestone. Under this initiative up to 100 posts will be installed in parks in the 10 English cities that are raring to host 48 matches in two years’ time.
Off the field, Prime Minister David Cameron presented his New Zealand counterpart John Key with an exclusive two years to go ball at Downing Street on Wednesday, UK Minister for Sport and Tourism Hugh Robertson also got his hands on the ball and tweeted the picture, while Wales coach Warren Gatland commemorated the day with a special photo shoot in Cardiff.
#RWC2015 stirs up a storm
RWC 2015 is connecting with audiences from across the world through social media, and there was a real buzz online this week with fans, players and organisations across the world tweeting their excitement about the tournament.
“Two Years To Go to #RWC2015. 44 days, world’s top 700 players from 20 nations, global audience of 4 billion, 12 venues across England plus Cardiff” - SA Rugby
“England and Wales are set to welcome 400,000 international visitors for Rugby World Cup 2015 #RWC2015” - British Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina
“RWC 2015 is going to be awesome. Great stadiums, great teams, I can feel the excitement building already” - RWC 2003 winner Jonny Wilkinson in Toulon, France
“It’s 2 years to go until #RWC2015 kicks off in England, so David Cameron & I marked the occasion in London today” - New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
“Today marks 2 years until the start of #RWC2015! RT if you're excited to watch Canada at RWC” - Rugby Canada
“Big Day!!! It’s officially two years to go till the @rugbyworldcup comes to England!! #RWC2015 #spreadtheword” - England women’s star and ER 2015 Ambassador Maggie Alphonsi MBE in London
“Who hasn’t signed up yet? Get all the latest news on #RWC2015 and join The Front Row” - RWC 2003 winner Lawrence Dallaglio in London
The journey over the next 24 months will be a busy and exciting one, and we want you to be part of it!