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Be part of England’s sporting history

It’s been a great summer of sport with the FIFA World Cup, Commonwealth Games and European Athletics Championships and there’s still the Ryder Cup and cycling’s Tour of Britain to come.

But now is the time to be on your blocks if you want to be part of one of 2015’s major sporting events – and it’s coming close to home.

The Rugby World Cup will be hosted by England for six weeks in September and October 2015 and there will be three pool games at the King Power Stadium (which will be renamed the Leicester City Stadium during the tournament for sponsorship reasons). Melton Sports will be stocking a range of official Rugby World Cup leisurewear to whet the appetite from this September.

Tickets for all 48 matches go on sale next month, from September 12 to 29, at where you can set up an account.

Prices start from £15 adults and £7 for children and any oversubscribed matches will go to ballot. You’ll find out if you have been successful in October.

The three Rugby World Cup 2015 pool matches to be played at the Leicester City Stadium will be Argentina vs Tonga on October 4, Canada vs Romania on October 6 and Argentina vs Namibia on October 11.

England are in possibly the toughest pool with Australia. Wales, Fiji and the qualifiers’ play-off winner which will be either Russia or Uruquay.

The Rugby World Cup began in 1987 and was ignited by All Black John Kirwan’s 75m solo score in the opening game. New Zealand, Australia and South Africa have each won the Webb Ellis Trophy twice while England won memorably in Australia in 2003 against the hosts through Jonny Wilkinson’s extra time drop-goal. Oh, and France have lost in the final three times!

A promising and improving England side under Stuart Lancaster will be hoping to emulate their female counterparts who won the Women’s Rugby World Cup in France earlier this month after three consecutive final defeats. Their story gives real and literal meaning to the saying ‘If at first you don’t succeed try, try and try again’.

So why not be part of the next chapter in England Rugby’s story? Just remember to be on the ball to have the chance to do so.

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