Mandarin, Marathons and Mullets – One Year To Go to RWC2015

In a year’s time (yesterday), England will run out at Twickenham to face Fiji in the first game of Rugby World Cup 2015. And to celebrate the ‘one year to go’ countdown to Rugby World Cup 2015, Land Rover has caught up with a number of stars from the sporting and rugby worlds to find out what they plan to achieve in the next twelve months ahead of the tournament kick-off on September 18th 2015.


Rugby World Cup winners in 2003 Jonny Wilkinson, Mike Tindall and Lewis Moody as well as coach Sir Clive Woodward are among the line-up that have made ‘This Time Next Year …’ pledges to mark the 365-day countdown to Rugby World Cup 2015.

Wilkinson, renowned for the discipline that he put into his training regimes, declares he “will not be so obsessive”, while former England teammate Mike Tindall “might have a straight nose.” Moody, already boasting a head of golden flowing locks, vows “to have grown one of the world’s most horrendous mullets!” by the time the tournament kicks off on 18th September 2015.

Andrea Masi of Italy, James Haskell of England and Will Helu of Tonga commit to do their utmost to be part of their respective nations’ teams at Rugby World Cup 2015, while Land Rover also recognises the pledges of some of the next generation of Rugby players. Members of Upminster RFC U11s promise to work on their tackling and passing and be as strong as they can be.

Also featuring in the video are Olympic Gold medallist Denise Lewis, who wishes to learn a sentence of Mandarin, long distance runner Ashley Varley, who will run seven marathons in seven days, and George Gregan, himself a Rugby World Cup winner with Australia in 1999, who simply vows to be in London for the tournament.

The video celebrates Land Rover’s proud involvement with Rugby World Cup 2015. As a Worldwide Partner of Rugby World Cup 2015, Land Rover is building on its long term commitment to the Game both in the UK and around the world which includes Premiership Rugby in England, as well as sponsorship of the Super 14 in France, the ACT Brumbies in Australia and the Stormers and Western Province in South Africa.

In the meantime, in case you need to brush up on your Rugby World Cup facts ahead of a few Thursday night sherberts down the pub, have a look through this canny little infographic sent to us by David at Venatour. Thanks David.

Rugby World Cup Infographic


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