Surrey Sports Park put forward as potential team base for 2015 Rugby World Cup

Surrey Sports Park has been selected as an approved Team Base for the Rugby World Cup 2015.

The park at the University of Surrey in Richard Meyjes Road, Guildford, will be amongst a select list of 65 venues that England 2015 will offer to qualified nations as a potential training base ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

England 2015 requires up to 50 bases for use during the tournament. Bases on the approved list are not guaranteed to host teams, and the final selection will be confirmed later this year, following the completion of team visits and selection.

A Team Base must include an indoor and outdoor training facility, a gym, an indoor swimming pool and a hotel.

The facilities must meet international team training standards and be located close by each other.

Surrey Sports Park chief executive, Paul Blanchard, said: “We are honoured to have been selected as an approved Team Base for Rugby World Cup 2015, and excited to be part of the stage in the selection process for qualified unions.”

Mr Blanchard said: “Alongside being the permanent training base for Aviva Premiership side Harlequins, we have a strong and successful history of hosting professional rugby events and training camps since our opening in 2010.

“We hope we will be able to provide a perfect training environment for teams ahead of what promises to be a fantastic sporting event for this country in 2015, and look forward to showing qualified teams what we have to offer over the coming months.”

The University of Surrey-owned Surrey Sports Park is already the permanent training base for Harlequins, and has previously hosted the Rugby Football Union (RFU) Mens, Saxons and Under 20s squads, and Women's RFU Women's and Under 20s.

More recently, the park hosted Manu Samoa for an autumn training camp ahead of their international match against Ireland, and, in 2010, played host to the Women’s Rugby World Cup, which saw 12 international teams stay, train and play at the multi-million pound facility.

Surrey Sports Park also hosted 17 Olympic and Paralympic nations, including USA, China and Singapore, ahead of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Rugby World Cup 2015 is set to take place across 13 stadia in England and Wales from September 18 to October 31, 2015.

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