Sidmouth RFC clubhouse packed for the opening of the 2015 Rugby World Cup

Sidmouth RFC clubhouse during the TV screening of the England versus Fiji World Cup game.

Sidmouth RFC clubhouse during the TV screening of the England versus Fiji World Cup game. - Credit: Archant

The newly refurbished rugby clubhouse was packed with supporters for the opening event of the Rugby World Cup last Friday, writes Terry O’Brien.

The event got underway at 4pm with a Festival of Tag Rugby for local primary schools. The enthusiasm and skills shown by the youngsters demonstrated the legacy potential of Rugby World Cup 2015.

At the 6pm close of the Festival, the focus moved to the clubhouse, where the young players enjoyed sausage and chips, while upstairs the gathering crowd of adults tucked in to a ‘Fijian’ curry. Up to 100 people of all ages were present to watch the opening ceremony followed by Englands 35-11 win against Fiji.

On Saturday, the Chiefs match was followed by the opening games of the Pullin Cup competition with the Under 8 and Under 16 age groups.

Afterwards the clubhouse remained open for Japan’s sensational victroy over the Springboks and the final game of the day between France and Italy.

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This coming Saturday (September 26) the focus will be England’s crucial game against Wales. A Welsh lamb hotpot will be served from 6.30pm before the kick off at 8pm on the big screen.

To order a meal contact Terry O’Brien at or phone 01395 577403.

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