World cup boss: ‘Rugby is integral part’

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Preparations for the Rugby World Cup 2015 celebrations in the town are well underway.

MP Mark Pawsey welcomed Debbie Jevans, CEO of England Rugby 2015, to town on Friday to discuss celebratory plans ahead of the sporting tournament next year. A number of celebrations will be planned for the event within the town with organisers keen to attracts visitors from all around the world to the birthplace of the game.

Mrs Jevans said: “The town is going to be an integral part of the Rugby World Cup. It has such a unique selling point.”

Mr Pawsey took Mrs Jevans on a tour of the town including a visit to Rugby School so she could see where the game began in 1823 when William Webb Ellis first picked up the ball during a game on The Close and ran with it.

She also met with council officials and Cllr Craig Humphrey, leader of Rugby Borough Council, at the town hall.

Mr Pawsey said: “I was delighted to welcome Debbie and her team to Rugby and to show her just how important the 2015 Rugby World Cup will be for our town and the hard work that is already being undertaken to make our celebrations a great success.

“Debbie was greatly impressed during her visit.”

Mr Pawsey added: “I have always been an enthusiast for the game of Rugby and have always thought that we have not made the most of out town’s standing as the birthplace of the game. It is an incredible asset and one we should, quite frankly, exploit.
“The 2015 Rugby World Cup will give us the opportunity to truly put Rugby on the map, to attract visitors from across the world to our town, and to show them all what we have to offer. It’s a chance we cannot afford to miss.”