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This page has been specially designed and written for those pupils doing the Belfast Telegraph cross-curricular project themed on the Rugby World Cup

Published 14/10/2015

Stuart Hogg
Stuart Hogg
Juan Imhoff

Eleven cities across England and Wales have been selected to host matches at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. We are looking at them all and this week focus on Leeds and Exeter.

Elland Road where Championship football team Leeds United play, has been used as one of the stadiums in the Rugby World Cup.

Leeds is well known for its love of sport and boasts the Headingley Heritage Tour which takes visitors around Headingley stadium, home to rugby union, rugby league and cricket teams in the city, recalling famous sporting moments that took place there.

The Yorkshire city also has a host of other attractions including Harewood House, which is an exotic bird garden with flamingos and penguins.

The Royal Armouries is Britain's national museum for armour and arms and has links with the Tower of London while Roundhay Park is one of the largest in Europe, measuring over 700 acres.

Elland Road: Capacity 37,914

Sandy Park in Exeter is another World Cup venue. It may only have a capacity of 12,300 but the stadium is so atmospheric that you would think there are many more inside the ground of the Aviva Premiership side Exeter Chiefs.

Exeter is in Devon and one of its must see attractions is Exeter Cathedral, which dates back 900 years. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful medieval cathedrals in England.

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum also proves popular with visitors while the University of Exeter has had many famous people study there, including the author of the Harry Potter books JK Rowling. She studied French at the University.

Sandy Park: Capacity 12,300.

Name: Stuart Hogg

Country: Scotland

DOB: 24/06/92

Height: 180cm

Weight: 93kg

Stuart Hogg is an exciting full-back for Scotland.

Born in Melrose, he hails from a rugby playing family but is also a distant relative of the late, great Northern Ireland football hero George Best.

Hogg played for Scotland at under-17, under-18 and under-20 level before graduating to the senior Scottish side, making his debut in 2012 in the Six Nations tournament.

Since then he has become one of the most important players in the team offering a try scoring threat and great tackling ability.

Such was his impact when he started to play for Scotland, he was called into the British and Irish Lions squad that toured Australia in 2013.

The following year he played for the Scotland sevens team in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

This year he is playing for Scotland in the World Cup and relishing a quarter-final showdown with Australia at the weekend.

Having studied at Trinity Primary School and Hawick High School, he now plays his club rugby for Glasgow Warriors. He helped them win the 2015 Pro12 title when Glasgow defeated Munster 31-13 in the final at the Kingspan stadium in Belfast after beating Ulster in the semi-finals.

Name: Juan Imhoff

Country: Argentina

DOB: 11/05/88

Height: 185cm

Weight: 90kg

Juan Imhoff plays for Argentina and is one of the most dangerous wingers in the World Cup.

On Sunday he will do his best to knock Ireland out of the tournament.

Imhoff, who can also play at full-back, made his international debut for Argentina in 2010 and loves nothing more than scoring tries.

In the 2011 Rugby World Cup he scored two tries and in this year's tournament has already scored three tries in the group stage.

His greatest moment was grabbing a hat-trick of tries for Argentina in their first ever win over South Africa earlier this year.

Imhoff plays his club rugby for Racing Metro. He moved to the French club in 2011 after previously being a player with Duendes Rugby Club in his native Argentina.

Pupil profile

Name: Ciaran Warnock

Age: 10

School: Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, Greencastle

Which sports do you like to play and to watch?

I like to watch Gaelic football and rugby. I Iove to play both sports. There is a lot of running in them. Rugby is dangerous so we can't play at school. My favourite position in Gaelic is forward. I would like to become a rugby player some day because you get a lot of recognition.

Of all the countries in the Rugby World Cup, which one would you like to visit and why?

I would like to visit Australia because mum and dad's friends moved there so it must be very popular, but I wouldn't like the 23-hour flight! I don't think I could handle the heat but I would like the warm weather.

Which country do you think will win the Rugby World Cup?

I honestly think Ireland will win because they have the best players and they have won every match so far. They have big and muscly players so I think they'll win! They will win because of their Irish luck! My favourite player is Rory Best who plays for Ireland.

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