Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London Is Global Capital of Sport; England Captain's Rallying Cry as World Cup Kicks off Fans Urged: Help Tournament Leave a Lasting Legacy London Set for PS200m World Cup Boost Rugby World Cup 2015

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London Is Global Capital of Sport; England Captain's Rallying Cry as World Cup Kicks off Fans Urged: Help Tournament Leave a Lasting Legacy London Set for PS200m World Cup Boost Rugby World Cup 2015

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Byline: rugby world cup 2015 Benedict Moore-Bridger, David Churchill and Miranda Bryant

ENGLAND'S rugby stars and fans were today urged to help cement London's status as the global sporting capital by making this World Cup the best in history.

As the team made final preparations for tonight's opening match of the tournament, the nation was asked to summon the spirit of London 2012 to reinforce the capital's reputation as the "world's greatest host" of major sporting events.

Current England stars, legends of the game and politicians all called for fans to create an unforgettable few weeks and help to establish an enduring sporting legacy.

England captain Chris Robshaw said his side needed the public's help to "make the country proud".

He told the Standard: "There is a huge amount of pride every time you pull on an England shirt, something you've dreamed about for a long time as a kid growing up, and you think about all the people you represent.

"The level of support we receive from the fans all around the country is tremendous. Every time we go out on the Continued on Page 5 Continued from Page 1 pitch we know who we are playing for and who we are representing.

"We do our best for the supporters so when they give it back to us, when we go to stadiums and the noise is phenomenal, it gives the guys a huge lift. "The power of the nation's support behind us is such a key factor. We saw its effect on athletes during the London Olympics and we hope the country will get behind us in the same way.

"When we arrive at Twickenham and see all the white shirts it's fantastic.

"It has been a long 13 weeks of intense preparation but also years in the making and we can't wait to run out at Twickenham and get going. Every week and every game we'll do our very best to make the country proud."

The tournament is expected to bring in hundreds of millions of pounds to the London economy. …

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