Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mandarin, Marathons and Mullets

Celebrities' pledges a year out from Rugby World Cup 2015

Sporting legends and stars from the world of Rugby have come forward to share what they plan to achieve in the year leading up to Rugby World Cup 2015.

A number of famous faces as well as some young aspiring players and fans have made a variety of pledges as to their aspirations over the coming twelve months, as England prepares to host Rugby's showpiece tournament.

Rugby World Cup winners in 2003 Jonny Wilkinson, Mike Tindall and Lewis Moody as well as coach Sir Clive Woodward are among the line-up that have made 'This Time Next Year ...' pledges to mark the 365-day countdown to Rugby World Cup 2015.

Wilkinson, renowned for the discipline that he put into his training regimes, declares he "will not be so obsessive", while former England teammate Mike Tindall "might have a straight nose." Moody, already boasting a head of golden flowing locks, vows "to have grown one of the world's most horrendous mullets!" by the time the tournament kicks off on 18th September 2015.

Andrea Masi of Italy, James Haskell of England and Will Helu of Tonga also commit to do their utmost to be part of their respective nations' teams at Rugby World Cup 2015, while Land Rover also recognises the pledges of some of the next generation of Rugby players. Members of Upminster RFC U11s promise to work on their tackling and passing and be as strong as they can be.

Also featuring in the video are Olympic Gold medallist Denise Lewis, who wishes to learn a sentence of Mandarin, long distance runner Ashley Varley, who will run seven marathons in seven days, and George Gregan, himself a Rugby World Cup winner with Australia in 1999, who simply vows to be in London for the tournament.

The video celebrates Land Rover's proud involvement with Rugby World Cup 2015. As a Worldwide Partner of Rugby World Cup 2015, Land Rover is building on its long term commitment to the Game both in the UK and around the world which includes Premiership Rugby in England, as well as sponsorship of the Super 14 in France, the ACT Brumbies in Australia and the Stormers and Western Province in South Africa.

September 18th 2015 will see Rugby World Cup 2015 hosts England kick off the tournament against Fiji at Twickenham as 20 sides compete for the coveted Webb Ellis Cup. Reigning champions New Zealand will begin their campaign to be the first team to retain the Trophy, when they take on Argentina at Wembley Stadium on 20th September.

Video forms part of Land Rover's sponsorship campaign as a Worldwide Partner of Rugby World Cup 2015, coinciding with the one year to go milestone


Taken by JLP from RDS press box on Nov 16, 2019