Cathedral hosts Rugby World Cup ceremony

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

It is one of 17 landmark venues across England and Wales that have been chosen to host the ceremonies for the 20 teams. It will take place on Thursday 17 September.

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, will help broaden the reach of the Tournament.

The other venues for the 20 Welcome Ceremonies include Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff and Cheltenham Town Hall.

Managing Director of England Rugby 2015, Steve Brown, said: “We are delighted to have secured Gloucester Cathedral to host the Welcome Ceremony for Scotland. These landmark locations from across England and Wales broaden the reach of the Tournament and will be great settings for us to welcome the players and management. These events will be a celebration of the Team’s achievements, alongside a warm local welcome as the 20 best Teams arrive for Rugby World Cup 2015.”

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.’

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.

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