When Rugby World Cup 2015 hits Milton Keynes next October it will be a truly global affair, featuring no fewer than six teams from five different continents.
The 30,500 capacity Stadiummk will get its first taste of international rugby at next year's showcase tournament, but it is no stranger to hosting top class rugby. Both Northampton Saints and Saracens have already used the ground for Premiership matches, and the Saints used the ground for their Heineken Cup quarter and semi-final wins over Ulster and Perpignan in 2011. Rugby fans will now have an incredible opportunity to cheer on their club heroes in international colours, with the likes of Bedford Blues’ Canadian fullback James Pritchard and Nothampton Saints' Samoan players set to run out for their countries at Stadiummk.
Milton Keynes will open its doors to Rugby World Cup 2015 on October 1 as RWC 2011 finalists France side take on Canada in Pool D. Two days later, the rugby world’s attention will return to Stadiummk for a key clash between Samoa and Japan, before Fiji bring the curtain down on Milton Keynes' involvement in the tournament with a Pool A showdown with Uruguay.
So with just 10 months to go until RWC 2015 hits Milton Keynes, we find out how the city is gearing up to host the game's biggest event. In this episode:
- MK Dons owner Pete Winkleman looks forward to MK's "biggest ever sporting event"
- Volunteers hoping to be part of the action
- Bedford Blues and Canada Fullback James Pritchard turns his attentions to French clash
- Your 60 second guide to Milton Keynes