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Brighton Dome welcomes the Japanese and Samoan Teams for the Rugby World Cup 2015

Paul Thorn August 8, 2015

Brighton Dome is one of 17 UK landmark venues chosen to host international teams for the Rugby World Cup 2015.

Brighton Dome

The Japanese and Samoan Rugby Teams will be welcomed by the children of Brighton’s Westdene Primary School (for Japan) and Chestnuts Primary School of Bletchley (for Samoa). Both will sing the song World in Union for the players.

Steve Brown
Steve Brown

Managing Director of England Rugby 2015, Steve Brown, said: “We are delighted to have secured Brighton Dome to host the Welcome Ceremony for both Japan and Samoa. 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.”

Bernard Lapasset,
Bernard Lapasset,

World Rugby Chairman, Bernard Lapasset, added: “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.”

As well as teams being welcomed by local primary school children, the ceremonies will also feature the presentation of Tournament Caps and Participation Medals.