USA confirmed to play Scotland in Leeds for Rugby World Cup 2015

After an exciting Rugby World Cup 2015 qualifier which ended in defeat for Uruguay, winners USA have been confirmed as the team to play Scotland at Rugby World Cup 2015 in Leeds.

The game will take place at 2.30pm on Sunday 27 September 2015 at Elland Road as part of an fantastic two day rugby weekend at the stadium.

All the four teams that will play in the city over the weekend of 26/27 September have now been confirmed - Italy will be playing against Canada on Saturday 26 September at 2:30pm and Scotland will be playing the USA on Sunday 27 September at 2:30pm.

The third largest sporting event in the world, Rugby World Cup 2015 will bring a whole host of benefits to the city. Not only will there be up to 80,000 people passing through the city, but it also creates new links with countries such as Canada, USA and Italy along with Scotland.

As part of bringing this prestigious tournament to the city, Leeds City Council will be working to bring a fanzone as well as a cultural programme of activities to the city. Alongside these events there will the opportunity for people to volunteer locally in Leeds and we will be working closely with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to grow the game of rugby within the city.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for leisure and skills said:

“It is fantastic news that we now have all the four teams confirmed to play in Leeds, and I would like to congratulate USA on their victory yesterday (Saturday 29 March).

“Having fans travelling to our city from all over the world will give the city an excellent opportunity to showcase what a diverse and exciting place Leeds is to be.

“September 2015 is going to offer a fantastic weekend of world class rugby, and as a city we are looking forward to the hype and excitement that will surround the tournament as we get ever closer to the start date.

“For Leeds, we hope to build on the momentum that is already surrounding the city around the Tour de France and continue this excitement right through the rest of 2014 in 2015 as we get ready to host games for Rugby World Cup 2015. It is great to see Leeds asserting its credentials as the city to visit for world class events.”

Tickets for the tournament will go on sale later this year and to keep updated with the latest information about Rugby World Cup 2015 fans can join The Front Row at http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/signup/index.html

Notes to editors;

Leeds has been selected alongside 10 other locations to be a host city for one of the biggest and high profile sporting events in the world - Rugby World Cup 2015, with two games to be held at Elland Road.

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Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk