RWC 2015 testing programme announced

(ER 2015) Friday 4 July 2014
RWC 2015 testing programme announced
Twickenham Stadium will host 10 matches at RWC 2015 and will feature in this year's testing programme

  • Organising Committee for Rugby World Cup 2015 will roll out a testing programme for next year's tournament
  • Transport, spectator experience, security, catering to undergo testing in match venues
  • England Rugby 2015 will utilise the England v Samoa 19:00 kick-off at Twickenham Stadium  in November 2014
  • Stadium MK, a RWC 2015 match venue, will host Northampton Saints v Saracens in April 2015
  • Additional England Rugby 2015 testing fixtures will be confirmed in the coming months 

In the twelve months leading up to Rugby World Cup 2015, England Rugby 2015, the Organising Committee responsible for Tournament delivery, will undertake a robust programme of testing in preparation for the event. Testing will comprise of a full programme of desktop exercises, simulations, observation and staging of events that will test all aspects of delivery. These exercises will include full stakeholder representation from Rugby World Cup Limited, host cities and match venues to blue light services.

With Tournament preparation on track, the aim of the programme is to test and fine tune key elements of Tournament planning, including transport, spectator experience, security and catering as per previous Rugby World Cups.

As the majority of the 13 Rugby World Cup 2015 match venues have previously hosted Rugby matches or comparable events, a limited amount of in-venue testing and observation is required and, where possible, this will be done by utilising existing fixtures. These will include:

  • An evening kick-off (19:00) for the England v Samoa at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday         November 22
  • Northampton Saints v Saracens at Stadium MK on Saturday April 25 2015

These fixtures will continue to be managed by the incumbents but they will work in partnership with England Rugby 2015 to utilise the opportunity to test specific elements of Tournament planning. At least two additional test fixtures will be confirmed over the coming months.

England Rugby 2015 Chief Executive, Debbie Jevans, said: “For the past year we have been working to put the plans in place for the delivery of the Tournament in 2015. Now as we move into the delivery phase it is important that we stress test all of our assumptions and plans to ensure that we are prepared when we deliver the Tournament in 2015. Throughout the testing programme we will be working with a number of stakeholders who are essential to our delivery plans as we work to ensure the best possible experience for teams and spectators.

“We thank the RFU for their support with a later kick off and Northampton Saints and Stadium MK for their collaboration, hosting the Premiership fixture at Stadium MK next April.”