Leeds named on team base shortlist for Rugby World Cup 2015
Leeds has been shortlisted as one of the cities bidding to host the 20 teams coming to Rugby World Cup 2015.
Following the strong response to the Rugby World Cup 2015 Team Base tender process, with over 80 applications received from over 30 English counties and within Wales, England Rugby 2015 has moved into the next phase of the Team Base selection programme by confirming an 'approved list' of bases.
Leeds has been included on the shortlist with partners from across the city, including Leeds City Council, the city’s three universities, West Park Leeds RUFC and a number of hotels pulling together to submit four bids.
Each of the four bids offers indoor and outdoor training facilities at one or more of the sites and access to a gym and pool along with the offer of a hotel, providing various options for top class training facilities in various parts of the city.
England Rugby 2015 requires up to 50 bases for use during the tournament. These will be confirmed mid-2014 following completion of team visits which are now underway, providing them with the chance to get to know the facilities and the city before they make their final decision.
The dates and teams playing at Elland Road have already been announced, with Italy playing against Canada on Saturday 26 September at 2:30pm and Scotland playing the Americas 2 (Uruguay are to play the USA in March 2014 to decide who qualifies) on Sunday 27 September at 2:30pm.
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for leisure and skills said:
“Having already secured our role as a host city for Rugby World Cup 2015, it is great to see facilities in Leeds selected as a potential training sites for the teams in this prestigious tournament.
“Leeds has a lot to offer, and we have great transport links allowing any potential team the opportunity to reach their games easily alongside some quality first class training facilities.
“We have already had a number of international teams staying in the city over the past few years such as the Chinese Olympic team in 2012 and the New Zealand Rugby league squad in the last few months, and will be welcoming the world of cycling to the city later this year.”
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Notes to editors:
Rugby World Cup is the third largest global sporting event and will see the top 20 international teams coming to the UK to compete in the world class tournament, and with an expected 500,000 people travelling to watch the games from overseas it will bring huge benefits to all the host cities.
For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Laura Brown, England Rugby 2015 Communications Manager, 07545602718