assembly rooms bathThe Assembly Rooms in Bath has been chosen as the venue for the Rugby World Cup 2015 Welcome Ceremony for the Australian team. Ceremonies will be held for 20 teams across seventeen landmark venues in England and Wales where players will be presented with tournament caps and Rugby World Cup 2015 participation medals.

Tim Warren of Bath and North East Somerset council will welcome the Australian team to Bath and will present the captain with a gift from the council. He said: “We’re delighted to be able to welcome the Australian team to Bath and to one of our most iconic historic buildings.

“The city has a rich sporting heritage and is home to our very own successful rugby club.

“In addition, the University of Bath plays host to a myriad of Olympic, Paralympic, World, European and National champions, from swimmers to pentathletes to bobsleigh to athletics.”

Steve Brown, managing director of England Rugby 2015, said: “We are delighted to have secured Bath’s prestigious Assembly Rooms to host the welcome ceremony for Australia.

“These landmark locations from across England and Wales broaden the reach of the tournament and will be great settings for us to welcome the players and management.

“These events will be a celebration of the team’s achievements, alongside a warm local welcome as the 20 best teams arrive for Rugby World Cup 2015.”


The Assembly Rooms is a popular visitor attraction in Bath. The impressive Grade I listed building was built early in the 18th century and designed by John Wood the Elder and Younger.