One year to go before kick off

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It is exactly one year until Rugby World Cup fever hits England, with Milton Keynes set to be at the heart of the action.

On October 18, 2015, teams from 16 nations will begin battling it out for the Webb Ellis Trophy, which visited Milton Keynes on Wednesday to huge fanfare.

Not only will stadium:mk play host to three games, but the town will be home to both Fiji and Samoa as a training base.

And with RWC banners going up all over town, it’s beginning to hit home that the tournament is coming.

“It’s starting to get real now,” said MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman. “It’ll be an amazing time for us. I think of the Olympics in London and the buzz it created everywhere. It was legacy stuff.

“But this is going to be in Milton Keynes and 10 years ago, you’d have never imagined that we could have this experience up front and be part of the World Cup.

“Other cities in the country can take events like this for granted. This is a brand new experience for us and we want to engage fully.

“We’re a big part of the planning for the whole event, and I’m proud of how Milton Keynes is putting themselves forward.

“We like an event in MK! If there’s something major happening, we’ll be out there supporting it!

“The stadium will be full and rocking. We’ve got France coming, and the colour and excitement of the Samoans.

“These will be important pool games, and who knows, the future finalists could be strutting their stuff in Milton Keynes.”