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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 23/09/2015

Rory Best
Rory Best

Eleven cities across England and Wales have been selected to host matches at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. In the next six weeks we will look at them all starting with London.

London is the capital of England with some of the most famous buildings and attractions in the world.

Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London and the London Eye are visited by vast numbers every year.

The Natural History Museum, with its permanent dinosaur exhibition, and Madame Tussauds, where you can strike a pose with life-sized models of everyone from One Direction to the Queen, are also hugely popular.

For this year's Rugby World Cup, organisers are using three stadiums in London.

1. The first is Twickenham in the Richmond area of the city. Twickenham is the home of English rugby. The final of the tournament will be staged here. Capacity: 81,605.

2. Wembley may be known as the home of football, but rugby will be played at the stadium during the World Cup. The ground, in the Brent area of the city, hosted its first rugby union international in 1992. Capacity: 90,000.

3. The third London stadium, in the Newham area, is Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which was the Olympic Stadium when London hosted the Games in 2012. Capacity: 54,000.

Name: Rory Best

Country: Ireland

DOB: 15/08/82

Height: 180cm

Weight: 110kg

Rory Best is one of the best known sportsmen in Northern Ireland and one of the most influential players for the Ireland rugby team.

He plays in the hooker position, meaning he throws the ball into line-outs and is in the middle of the front row of the scrum. Rory is also known for his drive, determination and desire on the pitch and is capable of scoring important tries.

Best made his debut for Ulster in 2004 and a year later played for Ireland for the first time.

The 33-year-old has played a big part in Ireland's success in recent years helping the team to Six Nations glory in 2009, 2014 and 2015. The victory in 2009 was historic because then Ireland completed the Grand Slam, winning all their matches, for the first time since 1948.

He was in the Ireland squads for the 2007 and 2011 World Cups and will be a key performer in this year's competition. He was also part of the British and Irish Lions squad that defeated Australia in 2013.

Rory, whose brother Simon also played international rugby, is the current Ulster skipper and has captained Ireland in the past. He is renowned for having excellent leadership qualities.

He attended Portadown College and studied Agriculture at Newcastle University. He put that education to good use because, as well as being a world class rugby player, he is also a farmer at home in Northern Ireland.

Name: Ayumu Goromaru

Country: Japan

DOB: 01/04/86

Height: 185cm

Weight: 99kg

Ayumu Goromaru is now a hero in Japan thanks to his magnificent performance in the Rugby World Cup.

The full back scored a remarkable 24 points for his team (one try, two conversions, five penalties) as they defeated South Africa 34-32 in one of the biggest shocks in sporting history at the weekend.

It was the greatest day of Goromaru's career, which began as an international in 2005 when he was 19. At the time he was the second youngest player to play for Japan and regarded as the future of rugby in the country.

Shortly after though, he was dropped and did not play for Japan for four years before working his way back into the side.

That hard work was rewarded against South Africa for Goromaru, who plays his club rugby with Yamaha Jubilo in the Top League in Japan.

Pupil profile

Name: James McConnell

Age: 9

School: Andrews Memorial Primary School, Comber

Which sports do you like to play and to watch?

Rugby and football.

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

I would like to visit Canada to see the changes in weather from hot summers to cold winters.

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

I think Ireland will win!

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