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Gloucester Cathedral to host World Cup welcome ceremony for Scotland

Fri 07 Aug 2015
By Marcus Jones

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

The event on 17 September will see the squad officially launch their entry to the tournament which takes places across England and Wales.

Tournament Caps and Rugby World Cup 2015 Participation Medals will be given out during the ceremony.

Each nation will have their own ceremony near to where some of their matches will be played. It's hoped the events will broaden the reach and interest in the tournament.


Very Revd 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.

Rugby World Cup

- Kicks off 18 September

- 48 matches across England and Wales

- Holders New Zealand are favourites

- 2.4m tickets being sold

"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."

Scotland will take on USA, South Africa, Samoa and Japan in the group stage with the top two teams progressing to the quarter finals.

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