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Hartpury host two teams during Rugby World Cup 27/10/2015

Hartpury’s Rugby World Cup was kicked off as quarter-finalists Scotland trained here ahead of their opening group win over Japan before the Eagles soared into town as the USA made Hartpury their home ahead of their final pool B game. 

Scotland, led by Gloucester scrum-half Greig Laidlaw, started their tournament with a win against Japan at Gloucester’s Kingsholm Stadium having used Hartpury’s facilities as an Official Team Base to provide them with the ideal match preparation ahead of their 45-10 win over a team who had just stunned South Africa.

The 31-man squad spent five days at Hartpury after being officially welcomed to Gloucester during a ceremony at Gloucester Cathedral.

Hartpury Principal, Russell Marchant, said: “We’re no strangers to hosting international teams and we’ve been really busy preparing the campus for both Scotland and the USA, getting our pitches and gyms in peak condition, and we hope both teams had a very warm welcome from everyone in the Hartpury community. It was a fantastic experience for all of our new students to have them on site.

The USA landed early in October before facing Japan in their final Pool B fixture at Kingsholm on Sunday, October 11th. The squad were no strangers to Hartpury, having used the facilities on the campus for training last year as they prepared for an international friendly with Tonga at Kingsholm, which included a return to the college for former student, Paul Goulding, who is a performance analyst for the Eagles.

Hartpury’s celebration of the Rugby World Cup began earlier in the year when they played host to a major primary school tag rugby tournament in April that was organised and run by Hartpury students. July then saw hundreds of people, from businesses to schoolchildren, visit the college to get up close and personal with the sport’s most famous trophy – the Webb Ellis Cup - as part of the competition’s trophy tour.

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