Two school choirs from Sussex have been selected to be part of the ceremonies that will officially welcome the teams to Rugby World Cup 2015.
Choirs from Westdene Primary School, Brighton, and Eastbourne College, Eastbourne, are two of 20 schools in England and Wales to have been selected for the ceremonies, which will also include the formal presentation of official tournament caps and Rugby World Cup 2015 participation medals.
The schools were chosen following an application process, led by leading independent charity Youth Sport Trust, which was open to all schools in England and Wales.
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With over 100 applications, the standard was very high resulting in a competitive judging process which was carried out by tournament organisers, England Rugby 2015, the Youth Sport Trust and the RFU.
The successful schools include a mixture of state and private schools with both primary and secondary age groups involved. With schools selected from all around England and Wales, the tournament reach continues to broaden with people across the UK joining to celebrate rugby in its biggest year.
The choirs vary in size from 18 to 50 pupils and perform in a range of musical styles, including choral and gospel. Each choir has been asked to sing the official Rugby World Cup anthem, World in Union, during the ceremonies that will officially welcome the 20 teams to the tournament and will be a celebration of rugby.
Westdene Primary will welcome Japan in Brighton while Eastbourne College will welcome two-time World Champions South Africa in Eastbourne.