Twickenham and Richmond primary school choirs on song to welcome Italy and Namibia to Rugby World Cup

Two Twickenham and Richmond primary schools have been selected to perform at ceremonies officially welcoming two international teams to the Rugby World Cup 2015.

The Queen’s Church of England Primary School will welcome the Italian team, while Chase Bridge Primary School will greet the Namibia squad.

The ceremonies will also include the formal presentation of official Tournament caps and Rugby World Cup 2015 participation medals.

Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Arts and Culture, Councillor Meena Bond, said: “A big congratulations to the very talented children at Chase Bridge and Queen’s CofE primary schools.

“Hosting Rugby World Cup 2015 is a huge opportunity for the whole borough and I am thrilled that these local children will be able to give a real local welcome to Italy and Namibia.

“I know that they will be able to show the teams the high standard of musical talent we have in Richmond upon Thames.”

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.

More than 100 schools applied to take part with the judging process carried out by tournament organisers, England Rugby 2015, the Youth Sport Trust and the RFU.

Managing Director of England Rugby 2015, Stephen Brown congratulated both schools and commended all the entrants.

He said: said: “The standard of the applications was very high and I would like to thank all schools that took the time to apply.

“We now have 20 excellent choirs from across England and Wales that will help us to welcome the participating unions to the tournament and make it a celebration of Rugby.

“We hope this will provide them with unforgettable memories and give them and the teams a fantastic tournament experience.”

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