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Eastbourne College is one of only 20 schools in England and Wales to have been selected to be part of the ceremonies that will officially welcome the teams to Rugby World Cup 2015. The College choir will sing at the event to welcome South Africa to Eastbourne.

The ceremonies will also include the formal presentation of official Tournament caps and Rugby World Cup 2015 participation medals.

Managing Director of England Rugby 2015, Stephen Brown, said: “Congratulations to Eastbourne College on being selected to be involved in the Welcome Ceremonies for Rugby World Cup 2015. We were really pleased with the response that we got from schools wanting to be involved. The standard of the applications was very high and I would like to thank all schools that took the time to apply. We now have 20 excellent choirs from across England and Wales that will help us to welcome the participating unions to the Tournament and make it a celebration of Rugby. We hope this will provide them with unforgettable memories and give them and the teams a fantastic Tournament experience.”

The choirs vary in size from 18 to 50 pupils and perform in a range of musical styles, including choral and gospel. Each choir has been asked to sing the official Rugby World Cup anthem, World in Union, during the ceremonies that will officially welcome the 20 teams to the Tournament and will be a celebration of Rugby.

Eastbourne College and the University of Brighton will be a Team Base for South Africa at Rugby World Cup 2015.  Eastbourne College and the University of Brighton Team Base will consist of an outdoor pitch and indoor training facilities.

Headmaster, Simon Davies, comments, ‘Eastbourne College is delighted to be a part of the team which will host the mighty Springboks in Eastbourne as they prepare for the Rugby World Cup 2015. In years gone by the All Blacks have trained on our iconic College Field rugby pitch and the 1955 British Lions that toured South Africa prepared here before setting sail for Cape Town.We look forward to welcoming the South African Squad and to ensuring they enjoy their stay here on the Sussex Riviera.’