Organisers tour the town ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2015

Cllr Michael Stokes, leader of the council with Adam Norburn, executive director of Rugby Borough Council
Cllr Michael Stokes, leader of the council with Adam Norburn, executive director of Rugby Borough Council
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Rugby World Cup tournament organisers visited the town in a heritage bus specially decked out in ‘Proud Home’ livery last week.

The organisers came to catch up with the borough’s plans to celebrate the Rugby World Cup 2015, and brought some of the tournament’s global partners for a tour of the birthplace of the game.

The converted bus was parked on the old market place at the top of Castle Street, which is the proposed site of Rugby’s ‘Fanzone’ during the tournament in 2015.

Cllr Michael Stokes, leader of Rugby Borough Council, said: “Being such an important opportunity to showcase the town we wanted to give our visitors an experience to remember.

“The heritage bus had a converted interior and was an ideal meeting space for our visitors. They were able to view the Fanzone site and see into the town centre from the meeting area upstairs, and view some of our artists’ impressions in the exhibition space downstairs.

“It was clear from their reactions that we had left a good impression, and we look forward to following up the contacts that we made in the New Year.”

Adam Norburn, executive director for Rugby Borough Council, said: “Being an official host city for the Rugby World Cup 2015 is a once in a generation opportunity for us to showcase our heritage to the world.

“We will do everything we can to make the most of this opportunity.”

The Rugby World Cup kicks off on September 18 2015 with England v Fiji at Twickenham, and concludes with the final on October 31 2015.