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Training Camps legacy - South West Rugby World Cup bases

Six international rugby teams will be based in the South West for next year's Rugby World Cup, after nine venues in the region were selected as team bases from almost 100 bids. When I worked on the London 2012 bid I carried out research to identify potential pre games training camps. I was impressed with the wealth of facilities around the South West. Some of these were well-known, others a well-kept secret. It is good to see the range of bases selected.

Each base required indoor and outdoor training facilities, a swimming pool, gym and hotel and will be used by teams leading up to and during the event which will take place across England and in Cardiff from 18 September 2015. Cheltenham RFC will host the Argentinian and Tongan sides. Tonga will be based at the University of Exeter. Woodberry Park, near Exeter, and Devon's Bicton College will be used by the Georgian and Romanian teams.

Georgia will also use South Gloucestershire and Stroud College as a base. Great to see education establishments being involved. My hope is that they can make other cultural and educational links and possibly get other schools involved. Champions in 1991 and 1999, Australia, will be based at the University of Bath.

Plymouth will be a Team Base for Namibia, who will have access to facilities at the Brickfields, the Plymouth Life Centre and the University of St Mark and St John, including 3G pitches, sports halls, swimming pools, a training pitch, teaching room and gym. They will also have access to a 3G pitch near HMS Drake, owned by the Royal Navy Rugby Union.