In a series of set pieces to celebrate the Rugby World Cup, Cinderford Rugby Club tackled some of the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley’s top attractions and destinations in a bid to convert thousands of incoming fans from spectators to tourists.
“The Wye Dean is situated between Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium and Gloucester’s Kingsholm – it’s the perfect spot for fans to locate for the games and explore the rich countryside, history, heritage, food and drink,” said Stefan Hawley, Cinderford RFC’s leading try scorer.
The Dockham Road players took time out to experience a day of two halves beginning with cycling at Pedalabikeaway and followed by dizzying high-ropes and flag-waving zip wires at Forest of Dean Adventure. The players practiced line-outs on Dean Forest Railway platforms, followed by a ruck at the new Star Wars and The Huntsman movie-sets at Puzzlewood, before steaming to a Treetop Adventure at Perrygrove Railway.
The Forest’s most acclaimed restaurant and boutique hotel, the Tudor Farmhouse, hosted a team lunch before a second-half canoe scrum with Way2Go adventures at Mallards Pike. Extra time was rounded off with an historic try at Tintern Abbey, converted at Old Station Tintern, followed by post-match celebrations at Hillside Brewery.
Ian Officer, chairman of Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism, said: “The Rugby World Cup is the region’s biggest-ever tourism event. We want fans to drop-kick in, try our activities, experience our compelling heritage and convert to our amazing food and drink producers. All supporters are welcome to spend their extra time in the Wye Dean where they’ll experience a warm welcome and memorable moments.”
Check out www.worldcupplayground.com for all of the #rwc2015 offers available in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley during the Rugby World Cup! For more fabulous images of the boys on tour, visit our gallery.