The Rugby World Cup is about more than England making it through their first group stage, rugby songs and Twickenham. It’s also a chance to find new passions, make new friends and get fit into the bargain. It all kicks off Friday September 18 at 6pm, when you can watch the opening ceremony and first game – England v Fiji on Millennium Square.
Club development officer, Andy Wilson speaks to us about his love for the game and gives us a taster of what’s going on in Leeds.
Welcome to my blog on the Rugby World Cup 2015.(RWC) As a New Zealander working for Leeds City Council’s Sport and Active Lifestyle department and being based in England for a number of years I certainly have mixed thoughts on the state of the game both in the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. Rugby League (known as League back home) was the initial reason I arrived in England and had the privilege of playing at a professional level for a number of years, with mixed outcomes. Rugby Union (known just as Footy back home, football is still called soccer) was my first passion and as with many young Kiwis of 6 years of age I starting playing for school on a Saturday morning. Bare feet on muddy winter playing pitches with a rugby ball that was usually only half inflated and certainly always too big for little hands. The highlight was always the
oranges at half time and jumping into a warm car after Mum had put a towel on the seat to keep the dirt away.……..how time has moved on although very basic I remember it with fondness spending time in an activity with friends.
So the RWC 2015 is nearly here on these shores and the excitement is building, no more than within Leeds, with the city having various events including a “Fanzone” situated at the Millennium Square. The big screen will be covering games and fun activities for young and old. Local rugby clubs have had junior festivals and Leeds schools will have their annual Tag Rugby festival with a RWC focus. The Leeds Disability Tag Rugby Festival that is held every year at the Home of Leeds Rhinos, Headingley Stadium and again a RWC theme. We also have a touch rugby league for those more interested in non-contact sports.
To find out more about what is happening in Leeds as well as finding your local rugby club, how to join and train, you can visit the Leeds City Council website as well as the Rugby World Cup Leeds website
Don’t miss out as there are many opportunities to get involved with the RWC.
As a host city Elland Road sees two matches Canada v Italy on Saturday 26 and Scotland v USA on Sunday 27 September and tickets are still available from http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/ticketing. If you are lucky enough to be attending matches plan ahead with the journey planner.