The countdown has begun to scrumthing really special...and Leeds is ready to tackle it with vigour!
The Rugby World Cup 2015 will kick off in exactly two years, and the city is already gearing up to play its part.
Leeds will be one of ten UK cities hosting matches and yesterday, a celebratory rugby post - the first of ten - was installed in Roundhay Park to mark the city’s vital role in the third biggest sporting event in the world.
A further nine posts will be installed in various locations across the city in the coming months as part of a new national campaign by the Rugby Football Union (RFU).
The Posts in the Park campaign aims to encourage more people to get involved in rugby through making the sport more accessible to members of the public.
Each of the host cities will receive ten rugby posts to place in and around the city. The individual posts will be used as part of the wider world cup legacy work in the city.
Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for the environment said: “Posts in the Park is the perfect opportunity for people to get outside and be active whilst celebrating the countdown to a fantastic global event. This campaign is a way of offering people across our city a go at rugby, when they may not otherwise have access to it.
“Leeds is building a real sporting legacy, and it is great to know we have yet another world class event to look forward to being involved in. Planning is well under way and we have an exciting two years to look forward to before the main tournament.”
Elland Road stadium has been named as one of the venues to stage fixtures when the Rugby World Cup 2015 comes to England. Leeds will host two games, Canada against Italy, and Scotland against the Americas. Visit: www.rugbyworldcup/frontrow