County interest in hosting teams ahead of 2015 Rugby World Cup

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Organisers of the 2015 Rugby World Cup say they have received interest from Northamptonshire to host training complexes for teams taking part in the tournament.

In all, they have receieved more than 80 bids from facilities in over 30 English counties and Wales.

Twenty teams are taking part in the tournament.

There will be up to 50 team bases around England and Wales for the tournament – each including an outdoor and indoor training facility, hotel, swimming pool and gym.

The bids have come in from rugby clubs, schools, colleges, universities, local authorities and established training centres, and site visits are under way ahead of a decision next year.

It is not known at this stage who has pitched in Northamptonshire.

England Rugby 2015 chief executive Debbie Jevans said: “Team bases will play a pivotal role in the tournament and we are delighted to see such a strong response rate to the search and selection programme.

“With applications from over 30 English counties and within Wales, we can already see the fantastic regional engagement opportunities team bases will provide.”

Among other counties to have submitted bids are Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire