Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Two years to the Rugby World Cup

The biggets rugby spectacle is due in two years' time. Preparations are going according to the schedule. Some interesting events were organized last week to celebrate two years' milestone.

New Zealand’s and UK Prime Ministers exchanged balls. John Key presented a rugby ball signed by the 2011 champions. David Cameron returned the gesture with a specially designed Gilbert two years to go Rugby World Cup 2015 match ball. Lawrence Dallaglio coached youth groups at „Posts in the Park” event to help promoting rugby.

Expectations about the World Cup are high especially after the big success of London Olympics. So far everything goes smoothly, and the only setback is a withdrawal of  Old Trafford. England is trying to develop grassroots rugby and get more people involved in this sport. The idea is to introduce our sport to as many people as possible so RWC can become a whole-nation event, as it happened with the Olympics. Apart from investing in grassroots, rugby is becoming more and more visible on billboards and adverts. Touch rugby is becoming quite popular. Every month more and more people have a chance to try an oval ball sport and fall in love with it.

Two years ahead of the tournament is a good time to think about taking part in the biggest rugby event in the world. Those who had a chance to attend previous ones will surely agree that the atmosphere is unforgettable. Tickets will go to public sale at the beginning of  next year. The cheapest ones will cost only £7. There is also a possibility to become a volunteer and help with the organization of the tournament. The first step is to register with the “Front Row” program.  I think that RWC 2015 is the best opportunity for the European fans to watch the tournament not only in front of TV sets but also live at the stands. If you are still uncertain I would strongly recommend to make up your mind and do everything to take part in this tournament. Remember, it will be much harder to go to Japan.

Below you will find some statistics which should help visualize the scale of preparations.
RWC needs 1400 balls, 200 kicking tees, 100 spin bikes, 200 tackle bags, 20 scrum machines. 920 players and team officials as well as 60+ citing, judicial & match officials and 2,000 journalists photographers are coming. 20 teams need 740 hotel bedrooms, 1100 members of team personnel are staying with them. There will be 151 000 meals served in hotels. Tournament needs 11 km of optic fibre cable and 42 km of copper data cable. There will be 4 billion viewers on TV in 207 countries. Organizers expect 400 000 visitors to travel to UK, and estimated economic impact can be at the level of £2billion.

As you can see the tournament already looks impressive, it will be a real shame not to take part in it. See you at the stadiums.