With the Rugby World Cup 2015 tournament rapidly approaching it has been announced that Hampton Court Palace will play host to three Team Welcome Ceremonies – including presentation of Tournament Caps and Rugby World Cup 2015 Participation Medals.
- Thursday September 10 – Welcome Ceremony for Fiji
- Monday September 14 – Welcome Ceremony for Italy
- Thursday September 17 – Welcome Ceremony for Namibia
Each ceremony will have four Cap and Medal Bearers which will be 16 to 24 year olds representing the legacy of Rugby World Cup 2015. They are selected from local clubs and educational institutions and include players, Young Rugby Ambassadors and students from schools that are part of the RFU’s All Schools programme.
RFU Rugby Development Director, Steve Grainger, said: “It is great that these Welcome Ceremonies are involving people who represent our ongoing legacy work. We have Medal Bearers from not only the All Schools programme, but also Young Rugby Ambassadors and young club players from the 16 to 24 age group.”
In addition, Chase Bridge Primary School from Twickenham has been selected to perform the official Rugby World Cup anthem, World in Union, for the Welcome Ceremony for Namibia on September 17th. Chase Bridge was selected by independent charity Youth Sport Trust among entries across all schools in England and Wales.
And finally, just as a reminder… Twickenham Stadium will host 9 matches between 18th Sept and 21st October (the grand final).