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Leeds is starting the build-up for starring role in Rugby Union World Cup 2015

England's Jonny Wilkinson kicking the winning drop goal to clinch the Rugby World Cup for England on November 22, 2003.

England's Jonny Wilkinson kicking the winning drop goal to clinch the Rugby World Cup for England on November 22, 2003.

MOMENTUM is growing as Leeds prepares to host its THIRD major global sporting event in as many years.

The city will be among 11 locations to be a host for the Rugby World Cup 2015, with two games to be held at Elland Road.

The event will come hot on the heels of the Yorkshire Grand Départ of the Tour de France in July this year, and follows the city’s co-hosting of the Rugby League World Cup last October

Leeds is hosting two games –Italy versus Canada on Saturday, September 26 and Scotland versus the Americas leg winner on Sunday, September 27. The city has also just been confirmed on the shortlist for team bases – and may have one or more teams staying in the city during the tournament.

A new report just approved by Leeds City Council’s executive board has given the go-ahead for the city to explore how to maximise the potential benefits of hosting this global tournament in the city and continue the legacy after the event.

It is expected that up to 80,000 spectators from a host of countries will attend the Leeds games.

A cultural programme of activities to run alongside the matches is already being put together, as are ways of growing the game locally. There will also be opportunities for people to volunteer.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds city council’s leisure and skills portfolio holder, said: “It is fantastic to have another major global sporting event coming to Leeds, and bringing new tourists and plenty of economic benefits to our city. To be the only location in Yorkshire to have host city rights is a real honour. We want to continue the momentum from the Tour de France and ensure the buzz in the city is taken through into 2015.”

Tickets for the tournament will go on sale later this year.

 

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