Celtic Manor and Newport will be Team Base for Rugby World Cup 2015

Celtic Manor and Newport will be Team Base for Rugby World Cup 2015

• Celtic Manor and Newport will be a Team Base for Georgia, Ireland and the Play-Off Winner at Rugby World Cup 2015

• The Celtic Manor and Newport Team Base consists of training facilities at the city’s Active Living Centre at Newport High School (including rugby pitch, swimming pool and indoor sports hall), and gym facilities at The Celtic Academy, which is based at The Celtic Manor Resort

• 20 competing teams will be based across England and Wales

• Range of rugby clubs, schools, universities and dedicated training centres have been selected

• Team Bases extend the reach of Rugby World Cup 2015 to even more communities in England and Wales

England Rugby 2015, the Organising Committee for Rugby World Cup 2015 (RWC 2015), has announced the approved list of 41 Team Bases that will host the 20 participating teams during the Tournament, taking place in England and in Cardiff between September 18 and October 31 2015.

Celtic Manor and Newport will be a Team Base for Georgia, Ireland, and the Play-Off Winner at Rugby World Cup 2015. The Celtic Manor and Newport Team Base will involve the teams being hosted to use the facilities at the Active Living Centre/ Newport High School (including rugby pitch, swimming pool and indoor sports hall), and gym facilities at The Celtic Academy, which is based at The Celtic Manor Resort. Celtic Manor and Newport will also host teams during the knock out stages of the Tournament.

A Rugby World Cup 2015 Team Base will consist of an outdoor pitch, indoor training facility, a swimming pool, gym and hotel and will be utilised by the competing teams in the lead up to and during the six week event. The facilities must meet international team training standards and be located on one site or within close proximity of one another. Match venue locations have also been taken into account as part of the selection programme.

The search for Team Bases was launched via an open tender process in May 2013 and over 90 bids from across the country and in Wales were received. Both The Celtic Manor Resort and Newport City Council have worked closely with England Rugby 2015 over the past 12 months to facilitate detailed site visits and liaison with the teams prior to confirmation of its status as an official Team Base for Rugby World Cup 2015. With Georgia, Ireland and the Play-Off Winner using the facilities at Active Living Centre/Newport High School and Celtic Academy, this gives Newport the opportunity to be part of the world’s third largest sporting event and celebration of rugby next year.

A mix of rugby and football clubs, schools, colleges, universities and dedicated training facilities will be utilised by the 20 teams, taking the reach of the Tournament even further.

Newport City Council cabinet member for leisure and culture, Councillor Mark Whitcutt, said:

Newport City Council is delighted that teams playing in Rugby World Cup 2015 will be training at the Active Living Centre/Newport High School and Celtic Academy at The Celtic Manor Resort. This is a great opportunity to showcase the high standard of sporting facilities we have in the city.

Council facilities have been successfully utilised by elite athletes preparing for international competitions such as the Olympics, Paralympics and Commonwealth Games and we look forward to welcoming Georgia, Ireland and the Play-Off Winner who will be competing in Rugby World Cup 2015 to the city. We hope that we can contribute to them having success in the competition next autumn.

Celtic Academy director, Richard Davies, said:

We are delighted that teams competing at Rugby World Cup 2015 will be using our specialist training facilities to aid their match preparations. Wales’ Rugby League squad trained here during their World Cup tournament last year and Celtic Manor has proved a successful team base for Team GB’s cycling squad for the last three Olympics.

England Rugby 2015 CEO, Debbie Jevans said:

As the organising committee for Rugby World Cup 2015 we are committed to ensuring that all participating teams have the optimum training environments available to them throughout the Tournament and in this regard we are delighted to announce our 41 official Team Bases for the event. Rugby, rightly, is at the heart of all our planning and we have worked closely with the teams to ensure that they have access to facilities and a Team Base that meet their individual needs.

I would like to thank all those who have been part of the Team Base selection process and we are lucky to have some fantastic facilities right across the country. With a wide range of excellent facilities and locations secured the teams can be assured of having all their training needs met whilst allowing us to spread the reach of the Tournament even further throughout England and in Wales.

Michael Kearney, Ireland team manager, commented:

The Ireland Team Management are delighted that during RWC 2015 the Ireland team will be based at Celtic Manor and Newport, St George’s Park, Surrey Sports Park and Sport Wales National Centre for a portion of our time at the tournament. Team bases play a vital role in team preparation and it is important that the facilities are of a world class standard while also providing a positive atmosphere for the players and management in between training and team activities.

Georgian National Team Head Coach, Milton Haig, said:

The Rugby World Cup is the pinnacle of rugby and we are so pleased that we will be based in regions that are so passionate about the game. It gives us an opportunity to experience the hospitality that the regions have to offer as well as its culture and history. It’s also our experience that you get to know and enjoy the smaller places a lot more towns you go to and we are certainly looking forward to being in our bases in Bristol, Newport and Exeter.