Loughborough to host Tonga and Namibia

The University of Loughborough will host Namibia and Tonga’s national rugby union teams in next year’s Rugby World Cup.

It’s one of 41 team bases that will host the 20 teams participating in the tournament in England and Wales which will run between September 18 and October 31, 2015.

Both Namibia and Tonga will be based at the university ahead of their games against Argentina at the King Power Stadium, which will be renamed the Leicester City Stadium for the tournament.

And one of the play off winners to be decided in a competition this October will also have a base at the university.

The Loughborough University Team Base will consist of outdoor pitches and indoor training facilities comprising the Sir David Wallace Sports Hall, the 50 metre swimming pool and Powerbase gym.

Ben Aherne, sports business development manager at Loughborough University, said: “I am delighted that Loughborough University has been selected as an official Team Base for Rugby World Cup 2015, and that we will host some of the teams who will be playing matches in the Midlands region.

“We have built our reputation on sporting excellence and have vast experience of hosting elite teams that have competed at global sporting events.

“Therefore we look forward to welcoming teams onto our campus and supporting their preparations for the tournament.”

England Rugby 2015 CEO, Debbie Jevans said: “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.”

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