Council to install 10 rugby posts across Milton Keynes ahead of World Cup

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Ten specially designed rugby posts are set to be installed in parks and green spaces around Milton Keynes as the city marks two years until the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The plan is part of the Rugby Football Union’s Posts in the Park scheme, launched with two years to go until the start of 2015 Rugby World Cup, and Milton Keynes Council will be working with local parish and town councils in the weeks ahead to determine the best locations for the posts.

Yesterday, one of the posts was temporarily erected on the slope at the SNO!Zone as England Rugby 2015 ambassador Will Greenwood – a member of England’s 2003 World Cup winning team – joined the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Brian White and MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman for pictures.

Mr Winkelman, who was part of MK’s winning bid to be a match venue in May, said: “While there’s still two years to go, we’re already working with England Rugby 2015 to deliver a celebration of rugby which the whole borough – and country can be proud of and be part of, and which inspires people to play and support the game.

“The sight of a rugby post springing up in an unexpected place is intended to get people talking about rugby and the Rugby World Cup coming to their home.

“We also hope that it will inspire everyone, both young and old, to try their hand at replicating the most historic moment in the history of English rugby - dropping a goal like Jonny Wilkinson!”