Market Harborough could host an international rugby team during the next World Cup if an exciting bid proves successful.
The town has been shortlisted as a potential host for one of the international sides competing in the tournament, being played on home soil in September 2015.
The bid has been jointly submitted by Harborough District Council and Market Harborough Rugby Club.
Following a recent assessment visit from the England Rugby 2015 team, those behind the bid say they are hopeful of making it through to the next round.
Leicester City Stadium is one of the venues chosen for the tournament, while the town is just an hour’s train ride from London, where Twickenham, Wembley and the Olympic Stadium are all hosting matches.
Other venues include Villa Park in Birmingham and stadiummk in Milton Keynes.
Tomorrow (Saturday, September 21) from 10am to 1pm there will be an unveiling of new rugby goal posts at Welland Park in Harborough, followed by a chance to join in a rugby festival with fun rugby ‘clinics’ on kicking, passing and scrumming.
There will also be a kicking competition, for all ages, with prizes for each age group.
Everyone is invited to attend for free and show their support for the bid.
Cllr Blake Pain, leader of Harborough District Council, said: “To host an international team for the duration of the 2015 World Cup would be fantastic for the district and the town.
“We are in the fortunate position of being within an hour from three of the match venues and a direct train ride from the London venues so are perfectly placed to host a team.
“The Harborough bid is a community bid, and if we are fortunate enough to be selected as a host we will welcome the team to the district and make it a home from home.”
For more information about the bid contact Marianne Boyle, Sport and Health development at the council, on email@example.com or phone 01858 828282.