Rugby fever hits Leeds as Prince Harry kicks off World Cup countdown

Prince Harry with the Webb Ellis cup at the 100 days countdown event at Twickenham. PIC: PA
Prince Harry with the Webb Ellis cup at the 100 days countdown event at Twickenham. PIC: PA
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rugby World Cup fever has officially hit Leeds, with a ‘megafest’ of activity today marking 100 days until the start of the tournament.

The event at the John Charles Centre for Sport will involve around 500 schoolchildren taking on a variety of rugby-related activities.

Rugby World Cup 2015 takes place from September 18 to October 31 this year and Leeds will be hosting two games at Elland Road as part of a weekend of rugby on September 26 and 27.

Italy will be playing against Canada on Saturday, September 26 at 2.30pm and Scotland will be playing the USA on Sunday, September 27 at 2.30pm at Elland Road, the only matches in Yorkshire.

The tournament received a royal boost yesterday as Prince Harry helped launch the Rugby World Cup trophy tour across the UK and Ireland.

England heroes Jonny Wilkinson and Will Greenwood joined the prince at Twickenham Stadium to launch the Webb Ellis Cup on its journey.

The prince said: “Rugby is a game built on values - respect, pride, team work and discipline. In 100 days’ time, England and Cardiff will play host to an incredible festival of rugby with the world’s best players, the world’s best teams and of course the world’s greatest fans demonstrating these values. As we have shown with the Olympic, Commonwealth and Invictus Games, we are a nation of great hosts; a nation that seizes the moment.

“The world will be expecting us to deliver and I know we won’t disappoint.”

Prince Harry is honorary president of England Rugby 2015, the organising committee staging the tournament.

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