Sports clubs and organisations across Daventry are kicking off their own special activities to mark the homecoming of the Rugby World Cup.
Hosts England got the competition underway on Friday as they beat Fiji 35-11 in the opening game, but face a bigger test against Wales on Saturday.
The tournament runs until October 31 when the finalists will meet at Twickenham for the big showdown.
And while Stadium: MK in Milton Keynes may be the closest match venue to Daventry District, one part of the district is playing a vital role in the competition – Moulton College is set to host the Uruguay national side during their preparation for their third group match against Fiji on October 6.
The team, due to arrive at the College from September 28, is to use its world-class facilities including pitches, sports hall and gym, complete with specialist gym equipment recently installed to cater for the national side’s needs.
Daventry Rugby Club, in Western Avenue, will celebrate England’s role this year with a tag rugby festival on October 8.
The annual competition organised by Northamptonshire Sport has been given a World Cup theme this year with schools taking part each adopting a different nation from the tournament.
Rugby sports camps organised by Daventry District Council’s leisure partners Everyone Active will also take place at the club during half term week, from October 26 to 30.
Telephone 01327 871144 or visit www.everyonactive.com/daventry
Other events include a charity rugby festival at Badby Cricket Ground this Saturday and Sunday with matches – including England’s clash with Wales - on an outdoor cinema screen. There is also a reverse bungee challenge for charity, tug of war, games and activities. See www.graydogpromotions.co.uk for more.
Daventry Rugby Club and Long Buckby RFC, in Station Road, will both be putting on special family events to coincide with England games, which as well as promising a great atmosphere. Visit www.pitchero.com/clubs/daventry or www.pitchero.com/clubs/longbuckby for more.