Leeds is one of only 11 cities hosting matches for the Rugby World Cup. Events are being held throughout the six week tournament to celebrate and there is something to get everyone in the tournament mood.
THE FANZONE LEEDS
Join in the World Cup excitment at Leeds Fanzone in Millennium Square. There is plenty to get everyone in the tournament spirit with matches shown on the big screen and rugby demonstrations by local clubs. Kids can have fun without the bumps and bruises on inflatables that teach proper tackling and passing techniques and ‘This Girl Can’ will be taking over for a day to encourage more women to get involved with the sport.
Mixed ability team, The Bumbles, the only team of their kind in the country, will be promoting disability awareness and social inclusion in the sport.
THE MATCHES, ELLAND ROAD, LEEDS
Two pool round matches for the Rugby World Cup will be taking place at the home of Leeds United, Elland Road. The first of 48 matches being played across the next six weeks, kicked off yesterday with England playing Fiji at Twickenham.
Leeds will be hosting two international games, Canada vs Italy on September 26 and USA vs Scotland on September 27. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis at www.rugbyworldcup.com
The city is one of 11 hosts for the tournament which will be played in 13 different venues.
HEADINGLEY TOUR, LEEDS
Leeds Rugby has created a series of Headingley Heritage Tours to show off the cities rugby heritage. The tours, which will take visitors behind the scenes at the famous stadium will be led on select dates by former British and Irish Lions, England Rugby Union and England Rugby League player Sir Ian McGeechan and John Bentley, Leeds Rugby Chair, former British and Irish Lions coach and Scottish RFU player. These tours will be followed by a question and answer session. For more information and to book tickets visit www.leedsrugby.com
COLLECTIVE ENDEAVOUR, MILLENNIUM SQUARE
On the eve of the first match in Leeds, outdoor theatre company, Tangled Feet, will be turning the Fanzone at Millennium Square into an open air theatre. The production, Collective Endeavour, will look at the power of community, heroic leadership and Rugby’s traditions of justice and fair play. It will feature hundreds of artists working together in a specially choreographed show which move through the audience as it is performed. Entry to the 8pm show on September 25 is by free ticket, log onto www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/collective-endeavour-tickets-17454528966
SLUNG LOW, MILLENNIUM SQUARE
Do you know why England rugby crowds sing Swing Low, Sweet Chariot? Do you know why the Kiwis do the Haka? And how South Africa’s Shosholoza song brought a country together in 1995? Find out with theatre company Slung Low as they take over Millennium Square to tell their family friendly story. The show on September 30 will celebrating the fan and national songs as well as some of the greatest moments in rugby history. Entry to the show which starts at 7.15pm is by free ticket, go to www. eventbrite.co.uk/e/rugby-songs-by-slunglow-tickets-18259481601
TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY
Join leading rugby historian Professor Tony Collins, photographer John Ashton and author Stuart Sheard for a lively talk on all things rugby as they share their knowledge, insight and passion for the game.
The talk, which takes place on Tuesday, September 22 at 6pm is just part of the library’s World Cup celebrations. Running until October 30 is an exhibition exploring the game’s history and culture with displays and memorabilia reflecting its heritage. Entry to the exhibition is free, entry to the talk is by free ticket from www.leedslibraryevents.ticketsource.co.uk