London Warms Up for England Victory Parade
Singh, Amar, The Evening Standard (London, England)
PLANS are being made for a victory parade which could see up to a million people line the streets of the West End if England win the Rugby World Cup.
Although team officials have insisted that they are not looking beyond Saturday's final in France, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Service confirmed today that "preliminary work had begun on any possible victory or homecoming parade".
In 2003, England's players paraded the Webb Ellis Cup through the streets of central London in front of just over half a million people after winning the tournament in Australia.
However, with this year's World Cup attracting unprecedented public interest, police are braced for up to a million people this time should England defeat South Africa on Saturday.
World Cup organisers were also under increasing pressure to release the final remaining tickets for the final which will be watched by about 16 million people on TV. Officials were set to make an announcement later today on how many seats will be available on the official World Cup site later this week.
England fans were waiting to discover this afternoon whether they were among the lucky few to win one of 1,000 seats allocated to the Rugby Football Union. Some supporters are paying up to Pounds 4,000 each for a ticket on websites such as eBay, as demand continues to outweigh supply.
Paul Vaughan, the RFU's director of business operations, said demand was far higher for tickets than for the …
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