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SIDMOUTH: Rugby fans set to sample seafront

Thursday, 04 September 2014

SEAFRONT shops in Sidmouth could be in line for a tourism boost when next year’s Rugby World Cup comes to East Devon. It was announced last week that Bicton College, near Sidmouth, will be one of three venues in the area to welcome teams from around the world during the tournament. Squads from Georgia and Romania will be based at the college, with some of their matches scheduled to be played at Exeter Chiefs’ Sandy Park ground. Players will be able to make use of the indoor training facility, swimming pool and gym during the tournament, which takes place between September and October next year. Teams will also be based at nearby Woodbury Park and the University of Exeter, after the three venues were selected from more than 90 bids across the country. David Henley, Principal of Bicton College, said it had been a major achievement for the college to become a key part of the world’s third largest sporting event. He said: “Bicton College is delighted to work with local partner, Woodbury Park, to host Romania and Georgia during the Rugby World Cup. “We have a proud association with rugby, particularly through the highly successful Exeter Chiefs Academy, which is based at the college. It will mean a lot to staff and students to be associated with this prestigious event.” Debbie Jevans, CEO of England Rugby 2015, added: “As the organising committee for Rugby World Cup 2015, we are committed to ensuring that all participating teams have the optimum training environments available to them throughout the tournament. “Rugby, rightly, is at the heart of all our planning and we have worked closely with the teams to ensure that they have access to facilities and a team base that meets their individual needs. “With a wide range of excellent facilities and locations secured the teams can be assured of having all their training needs met whilst allowing us to spread the reach of the Tournament even further throughout England and in Wales.”

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