Talks underway to bring Commonweath Games rugby stars to home of the game - The Rugby Observer

Talks underway to bring Commonweath Games rugby stars to home of the game

Rugby Editorial 31st Jan, 2019   0

RUGBY players competing in the Rugby 7s tournament in 2022’s Commonwealth Games could train on the pitch where the game began.

With the Commonwealth Games being held in Birmingham in three years, talks are underway to bring the teams on a pilgrimage to Rugby School for training sessions.

On a recent visit to Rugby School and the World Rugby Hall of Fame, Birmingham City Council leader Coun Ian Ward confirmed he was keen to make it happen.

He said: “As a lifelong Rugby fan, it was a privilege and an inspiration to spend time at Rugby School, and have the opportunity to touch the pitch where William Webb Ellis picked up the ball and ran.

“The World Rugby Hall of Fame shows the town’s potential to showcase the sport’s heritage.

“With Rugby 7s featuring in Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games, it would be great to be able to bring the visiting teams to Rugby when they’re training, and I look forward to exploring opportunities with Rugby School.”

Rugby School’s headmaster Peter Green said: “We look forward to further discussions with Birmingham City Council about how the School might play a part in hosting Rugby 7s teams taking part in Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games.”


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