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Rugby World Cup 2015 Official Fanzones and 100 day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour route announced

With just under six months to go, England Rugby 2015 has announced the 15 Official Rugby World Cup 2015 Fanzone locations across England and in Cardiff. Fanzones will be located within each Host City as well as the birthplace of the Game, Rugby, and Trafalgar Square, Central London.

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  • 15 Fanzones: one in each Host City, one at the birthplace of the game in Rugby, and one in London’s Trafalgar Square
  • Over 1 million people expected to visit Fanzones throughout the Tournament, which will include big screens, entertainment, food and drink and rugby activities
  • A first for Rugby World Cup with an Official Fanzone in every Host City
  • June 10 marks 100 days to go and will launch the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour in the UK & Ireland
  • The 100 day continuous Tour will visit Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Wales and England and arrive at Twickenham Stadium on September 18 ahead of the Opening Ceremony
  • The Trophy Tour will visit over 300 events ranging from community rugby programmes to Host City festivals and iconic national landmarks, with hundreds of opportunities for fans to see the Webb Ellis Cup

Fanzones, which will be free to enter, will be open on matchdays and at varying times across the six week Tournament providing fans, residents and visitors with the opportunity to enjoy the build-up to matches and join in with the nationwide celebration of rugby.  The Fanzone locations range from iconic town squares to city parks, match venue surroundings, and waterside spaces including the Docks in Gloucester and a Fanzone on the beach in Brighton. With capacities ranging from 2,000 to over 10,000, and additional events planned in the Fanzones outside of matchdays, over 1 million fans are anticipated in the Fanzones throughout the Tournament.

Each Fanzone will include a big screen; with some showing live Rugby World Cup 2015 matches, rugby activities, food and drink, entertainment and unique regional content to celebrate the Host City and Match Venue’s role in Rugby World Cup 2015. Trafalgar Square will be open from the weekend of the semi-finals until the Final and include entertainment, food and drink, and rugby activities on the semi-final, Bronze Final and Final matchdays. Outside of matchdays, the Square, along with a number of the Official Fanzones, will play host to grassroots and community rugby initiatives and events to celebrate the game and the wider Tournament.

You can view the Fanzone locations and opening dates* here

In addition to making plans for the six week Tournament, fans can now look forward to the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour in the UK and Ireland with details also announced today. Launching on June 10 – 100 days to go to the opening match – rugby’s greatest prize, the Webb Ellis Cup, will travel through Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Wales and England counting down to the start of the Tournament before  arriving at Twickenham Stadium on September 18 ahead of the Opening Ceremony.

The Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour follows the successful international Trophy Tour, which has to date completed 12 of its 15 international visits with Canada (April 1 – 4), Germany (April 16 – 18) and France (May 11 – 13) still to go before the Webb Ellis Cup returns to England. The journey throughout the UK and Ireland aims to engage fans and give them the opportunity to build unforgettable memories as part of their own Rugby World Cup 2015 story. 

Rugby is at the heart of the Trophy Tour schedule engaging with over 100 rugby clubs, organisations and rugby festivals, from grassroots to elite. In addition Host Cities, Match Venues, community and legacy programmes, sports events, stakeholder visits, Worldwide Partner activations and iconic landmarks will feature as part of the Trophy Tour with over 300 events programmed across the 100 day continuous tour. Details on the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour, including a high volume of events open to the general public, will be updated at rugbyworldcup.com/trophy-tour in the coming months.

Debbie Jevans, Chief Executive Officer of England Rugby 2015, said: “With less than six months to go we are delighted to announce the locations of the Official Fanzones, alongside details of the 100 day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour across the UK and Ireland. The countdown to Rugby World Cup 2015 is on and fans can now really begin to plan their Tournament experience, be it through watching the matches, through Fanzones, the Festival of Rugby and the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

“We are pleased to deliver another Tournament first with an Official Fanzone in every Host City as well as additional Fanzones in Rugby – the birthplace of the game – and London’s Trafalgar Square. We have worked with all our Host Cities, Local Authorities and the Mayor of London to identify a range of fantastic locations including city centres, parks, match venues and waterfronts to give fans, residents and visitors a uniquely regional experience and a focal point for celebrating the Tournament and the wider game of rugby. Capacities will range from 2,000 to over 10,000 and we would like to thank all of our Host Cities, Local Authorities and the Mayor of London for their fantastic support and we look forward to welcoming upwards of 1 million people to the Official Fanzones.

“The Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour will be the perfect opportunity to excite and engage fans across the UK and Ireland and make 2015 feel like the year of the rugby nation. Delivering a continuous 100 day tour means we can give as many fans as possible the opportunity to see the Webb Ellis Cup and tell us their rugby story as they count down to their own Tournament experience. We have been delighted with the success of the international Trophy Tour, engaging with thousands of people across the globe, and hope to replicate that success when the Trophy Tour goes to Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Wales and England.”

The Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour will launch on 100 days to go (June 10) and make its way to the Scottish border for a five-day journey through Scotland. From Scotland, the Trophy will travel to Belfast and spend five days in Northern Ireland and five days in the Republic of Ireland, finishing in Dublin and crossing the Irish Sea to Holyhead in Wales. Ten days in Wales will include visits to Host City Cardiff and the Millennium Stadium before the Trophy returns to England to countdown the final 75 days until Rugby World Cup 2015. The Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour schedule can be viewed at rugbyworldcup.com/trophy-tour and full details on the locations and events will updated in the coming months.

* England Rugby 2015 and Local Authorities are working to conclude planning, licensing and operational arrangements for Fanzones with full details to be announced when final details are confirmed.

Notes to Editors

Official Fanzones

City Fanzone Name/Location Days open Capacity
Birmingham Eastside Park 8 8,000
Brighton & Hove Madeira Drive 3 10,000
Cardiff Cardiff Arms Park 11 5,000 +
Exeter Northernhay Gardens 13 5,000
Gloucester Gloucester Docks 11 5,000
Leeds Millennium Square 15 5,000
Leicester Victoria Park 7 5,000 +
London: Brent Wembley Stadium 2 c.15,000
London: Newham Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 19 c.10,000
London: Richmond Old Deer Park 10 10,000
Manchester Albert Square 3 8,000
Milton Keynes Campbell Park 9 5,000 +
Newcastle Upon Tyne Science Central 8 10,000
Rugby Old Market Place 17 2,000
Central London Trafalgar Square* 9 5,000

*No screening of live matche

Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour

Day Date Region Location
  June 10 LAUNCH  
1 June 11 Scotland Borders & East Lothian
2 June 12 Scotland Borders & East Lothian
Edinburgh
3 June 13 Scotland Caledonia
4 June 14 Scotland

Caledonia

Glasgow & the West

5 June 15 Scotland Glasgow & the West
6 June 16 Northern Ireland Ulster
7 June 17 Northern Ireland Ulster
8 June 18 Northern Ireland Ulster
9 June 19 Northern Ireland Ulster
10 June 20 Republic of Ireland Connacht
11 June 21 Republic of Ireland Munster
12 June 22 Republic of Ireland Leinster
13 June 23 Republic of Ireland Dublin
14 June 24 Republic of Ireland Dublin
15 June 25 Republic of Ireland Dublin
16 June 26 Wales Gwynedd
Conwy
17 June 27 Wales Wrexham
Flintshire
18 June 28 Wales Powys
Carmarthenshire
19 June 29 Wales South West Wales
20 June 30 Wales Swansea
21 July 1 Wales Cardiff
22 July 2 Wales Cardiff
23 July 3 Wales Cardiff
24 July 4 Wales Cardiff
25 July 5 Wales Cardiff
26 July 6 Wales Cardiff
27 July 7 South West Cornwall
28 July 8 South West Devon
29 July 9 South West South West
30 July 10 South West Exeter
31 July 11 South West Exeter
32 July 12 South West Dorset & Wiltshire
33 July 13 South West Somerset
34 July 14 South West Gloucestershire
35 July 15 South West Gloucester
36 July 16 South West Gloucester
37 July 17 South West South West
38 July 18 West Midlands & North West North Midlands
39 July 19 West Midlands & North West Birmingham
40 July 20 West Midlands & North West Birmingham
41 July 21 West Midlands & North West West Midlands
42 July 22 West Midlands & North West Staffordshire
43 July 23 West Midlands & North West Cheshire
44 July 24 West Midlands & North West North West
45 July 25 West Midlands & North West Manchester
46 July 26 West Midlands & North West Manchester
47 July 27 West Midlands & North West Manchester
48 July 28 West Midlands & North West Lancashire
49 July 29 North & North East Cumbria
50 July 30 North & North East Newcastle
51 July 31 North & North East North East
52 August 1 North & North East Newcastle
53 August 2 North & North East Northumberland
Newcastle
54 August 3 North & North East Durham
55 August 4 North & North East North
56 August 5 North & North East Yorkshire
57 August 6 North & North East Yorkshire
58 August 7 North & North East Leeds
59 August 8 North & North East Leeds
60 August 9 East Midlands & East Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire & Derby
61 August 10 East Midlands & East East Midlands
62 August 11 East Midlands & East Eastern Counties
63 August 12 East Midlands & East Eastern Counties
64 August 13 East Midlands & East Leicester
65 August 14 East Midlands & East Leicester
66 August 15 East Midlands & East Leicester
67 August 16 East Midlands & East Warwickshire
68 August 17 East Midlands & East Warwickshire
69 August 18 East Midlands & East East Midlands
70 August 19 South Hertfordshire
71 August 20 South Milton Keynes
72 August 21 South Milton Keynes
73 August 22 South Buckinghamshire
74 August 23 South Oxfordshire
75 August 24 South South
76 August 25 South Berkshire
77 August 26 South Hampshire
78 August 27 South Hampshire
79 August 28 South Channel Islands
80 August 29 South Surrey
81 August 30 South East Surrey
82 August 31 South East Brighton
83 September 1 South East Brighton
84 September 2 South East Sussex
85 September 3 South East Kent
86 September 4 South East South East
87 September 5 South East Essex
88 September 6 Greater London Newham
89 September 7 Greater London Newham
Middlesex
90 September 8 Greater London South East London
91 September 9 Greater London Middlesex
92 September 10 Greater London Richmond
93 September 11 Greater London Richmond
94 September 12 Greater London Brent
95 September 13 Greater London Hounslow
96 September 14 Greater London Central London
97 September 15 Greater London Central London
98 September 16 Greater London Central London
99 September 17 Greater London Central London
100 September 18 Greater London Twickenham

Contact

Rugby World Cup 2015 media team: pressoperations@england2015.com