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Trinity School students excited to welcome French World Cup rugby team to Croydon

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THE French national team will make Croydon their home during next year's Rugby World Cup.

Les Blues will use Trinity School, in Shirley, as a training base during the tournament in September and October 2015, meaning pupils will be sharing the corridors with the international stars.

The French lost in the final in 2011 by a point to New Zealand, and will hope the "top class" facilities at Trinity will help them win this time round.

Trinity School's director of rugby, Aaron Liffchak, said: "The whole school is excited at the thought of hosting the French rugby team and being part of the third largest sporting event in the world.

"To be recognised as one of the top rugby facilities in the country is a huge compliment to the many staff that work so hard to create such a special environment at Trinity and it is really great to be bringing RWC 2015 and the Tricolores to Croydon."

The French superstars, who count Mathieu Bastareaud and Thierry Dusautoir among their number, will have access to the school's pitch, sports hall, pool, fitness suite, strength and conditioning suite and medical room, ahead of their games against Italy and Romania in September 2015.

Mr Liffchak added: "Trinity School has always had a vested interested in English rugby, developing and producing many players who have gone on to represent their country.

"We look forward to working closely with the French Rugby Federation over the next few months to ensure students, staff and our facilities enable them to produce top class international rugby throughout the competition.

"Students can't wait to see some of the top rugby players in the world walking down the same corridors as they do."

The school was chosen as one of 41 training bases across England and Wales from 90 bids, in a process that started last year.

Debbie Jevans, CEO of organising body England Rugby 2015, said: "Rugby is at the heart of all our planning and we have worked closely with the teams to ensure that they have access to facilities and a team base that meet their individual needs."

Trinity School students excited to welcome French World Cup rugby team to Croydon


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