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Gloucester Cathedral to host a Rugby World Cup 2015 Welcome Ceremony for Scotland


Gloucester Cathedral to host a Rugby World Cup 2015 Welcome Ceremony for Scotland

Gloucester Cathedral has been chosen to host a Rugby World Cup 2015 Welcome Ceremony for Scotland.

  • Gloucester Cathedral chosen to host Rugby World Cup 2015 Welcome Ceremony for Scotland
  • One of 17 landmark venues selected across England and Wales
  • Ceremony will feature presentation of Tournament Caps and Rugby World Cup 2015 Participation Medals
  • World in Union to be sung during ceremony by choir from Isbourne Valley School from Gloucestershire
  • Cap and Medal Bearers for the ceremonies to be chosen from RFU’s Lead Up and Legacy programmes – including All Schools and Young Rugby Ambassadors
  • Ceremony to take place on Thursday 17 September

Gloucester Cathedral is one of seventeen landmark venues across England and Wales that have been chosen to host the ceremonies for the 20 teams. Steeped in over 1,000 years of history, the Cathedral is home to some of the finest examples of English architectural styles and stained glass and is the burial place of King Edward II.
 
The ceremonies will be a celebration of the Team’s achievements and will include Team friends and family as well as the local community. The ceremonies will be an official welcome to England and Wales for the Team featuring their presentation of Tournament Caps and Rugby World Cup 2015 Participation Medals.
 
Taking place in venues including Hampton Court Palace, Eastbourne Bandstand and Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, the 20 Welcome Ceremonies will help broaden the reach of the Tournament.

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said, ‘We are delighted to have been chosen to host the Rugby World Cup 2015 Team Welcome Ceremony for Scotland. Gloucester is a rugby city and there is a great sense of anticipation amongst local people. It promises to be a fabulous tournament and we are thrilled to be part of it.’
 
World Rugby Chairman, Bernard Lapasset, said: “Rugby World Cup 2015 is about communities and Teams uniting to celebrate Rugby, sport and friendship and these official Team Welcome Ceremonies really will set the tone for the Tournament. Representing your team on the greatest of stages is the pinnacle of any player’s career and the culmination of years of dedication and passion. Britain is renowned for its exceptional warm welcome and love of major events and I am sure that these ceremonies the length of breadth of England and Wales will be very special and cherished by both the Teams and welcoming communities alike.”
 

Each ceremony will have four Cap and Medal Bearers which will be 16 to 24 year olds representing the legacy of Rugby World Cup 2015. They are selected from local clubs and educational institutions and include players, Young Rugby Ambassadors and students from schools that are part of the RFU’s All Schools programme.
 
RFU Rugby Development Director, Steve Grainger, said: “It is great that these Welcome Ceremonies are involving people who represent our ongoing legacy work. We have Medal Bearers from not only the All Schools programme, but also Young Rugby Ambassadors and young club players from the 16 to 24 age group. There will also be 1,000 people representing grassroots Rugby clubs invited to attend the ceremonies, which shows the strength of connection between all levels of the game.”
 
The ceremony at Gloucester Cathedral will feature a performance of World in Union from Isbourne Valley School from Gloucestershire.


Explore Gloucestershire
7 August 2015


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