City rugby fans showing support for World Cup bid

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THIS Saturday marks 1,000 days to go until the start of Rugby World Cup 2015, and the Milton Keynes public is showing massive support for the city’s bid to host tournament matches.

Over 1,000 people put their names to a ‘Back the Bid’ petition in thecentre:mk last week, while stadium:mk is rapidly filling up for the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Northampton at the end of the month.

Two thirds of tickets for the clash on Sunday, December 30 have already been snapped up by people from Milton Keynes, who will easily outnumber season ticket holders from either club on the day.

Ticket sales for the game are being handled by Northampton Saints, whose chief executive, Allan Robson, hailed the support for both the game and the World Cup bid as a whole.

“The people of MK are showing their appetite for world class rugby by both signing the petition to bring the world to the city in 2015, and snapping up tickets for one of the biggest Aviva Premiership matches of the season,” he said.

The home of MK Dons is on a 17-venue long list for the World Cup, which in 2015 returns to England for the first time in 24 years. The 12 stadiums to stage matches will be confirmed in 2013, with stadium:mk up against the likes of Pride Park in Derby, Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, Brighton’s Amex Stadium and St Mary’s in Southampton.

“With such a competitive list of venues, every little thing will matter when it comes to persuading World Cup organisers that MK deserves to be a host venue,” Robson added.

“By packing stadium:mk on December 30, fans can show the rest of the country that this area is a true rugby hotbed.”