Essex school to sing welcome for Fiji

Choirs were selected from England and Wales to sing for the teams during welcome ceremonies. Photo: World Rugby

Choirs were selected from England and Wales to sing for the teams during welcome ceremonies. Photo: World Rugby

The Thurstable School from Tiptree, Essex will be performing the official Rugby World Cup anthem, World in Union, for the national rugby team in a welcome ceremony at the Hampton Court Palace southwest of London next Thursday.

The Flying Fijians will be honoured to be the first team to be officially welcomed for the Rugby World Cup as the world’s best 20 teams are officially welcomed to the tournament.

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 the presentation of tournament caps and Rugby World Cup 2015 participation medals.

The selected venues are as follows:

  • Thursday, 10 September – Fiji – Hampton Court Palace
  • Friday, 11 September – New Zealand – Tower of London
  • Friday, 11 September – Samoa – Brighton Dome
  • Friday, 11 September – Japan- Brighton Dome
  • Saturday, 12 September – England – Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
  • Saturday, 12 September – Tonga- Cheltenham Town Hall
  • Sunday, 13 September – South Africa- Eastbourne Bandstand
  • Sunday, 13 September – USA- HM Naval Base Portsmouth
  • Monday, 14 September – France- Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
  • Monday, 14 September – Argentina- Haileybury, Hertfordshire
  • Monday, 14 September – Italy- Hampton Court Palace
  • Monday, 14 September – Georgia-St George’s, Bristol
  • Monday, 14 September – Uruguay- Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff
  • Tuesday, 15 September – Australia- Assembly Rooms in Bath
  • Tuesday, 15 September – Canada- Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
  • Thursday, 17 September – Romania- Christ Church Spitalfields, London
  • Thursday, 17 September – Scotland- Gloucester Cathedral
  • Thursday, 17 September – Namibia – Hampton Court Palace
  • Monday, 21 September – Ireland- Burton Town Hall
  • Monday, 21 September – Wales- Guildhall, London
  • Managing Director of England Rugby 2015 Steve Brown said: “We are delighted to have secured these fantastic venues to host our welcome ceremonies for the teams. 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.”


    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.”

    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.”

    Each ceremony will feature a performance of the official Rugby World Cup anthem, World in Union, sung by school choirs which were selected following a selection process, led by leading independent charity Youth Sport Trust, which was open to all schools in England and Wales. The choirs are from a mixture of state and private schools with both primary and secondary age groups involved. They vary in size from 18 to 50 pupils and perform in a range of musical styles, including choral and gospel.

    • World Rugby

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