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


Country: France

DOB: 20/01/88

Height: 182cm

Weight: 93kg

Wesley Fofana is one of the stars of the France rugby team. He normally plays in the centre, but has also been a winger, and is so quick that team-mates have nicknamed him 'Le Guepard', which in English translates to 'the Cheetah'.

Fofana certainly made a fast start to his international career after making his debut for France in 2012.

In his first match against Italy in the Six Nations he scored a try and then couldn't stop scoring. In his first four games at international level he scored four tries.

Since then he has been seen as one of the most dangerous attacking players in world rugby and many believe his best is still to come.

From close to the line or far away he loves sprinting for glory and is extremely clever when avoiding tackles.

Fofana was born Paris and started his rugby education at the Paris Universite club before joining top French side Clermont in 2008. Two years later he helped his club win the Top 14 title.

Ireland will hope Fofana is not at his brilliant best when they play France in the World Cup on Sunday.


Country: Canada

DOB: 23/03/88

Height: 183cm

Weight: 88kg

Nathan Hirayama is part of a history-making family for the Canadian rugby team.

When Hirayama made his international debut for Canada in 2008 he followed in his dad Gary's footsteps and the pair of them became the first father/son duo to play for the country.

Nathan is involved in his third Rugby World Cup having been in the Canada squad in 2007 and 2011, though he did not play in 2007.

The 2015 tournament has seen Hirayama show his quality. As a confident out-half he has not been afraid to run at opposition teams, even when Canada have been the underdogs.

In the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament in Russia, Hirayama inspired Canada to win the Plater competition scoring 49 points in the process.

He plays his club rugby for the University of Victoria in the British Columbia Premiership in Canada.

Eleven cities across England and Wales have been selected to host matches at the 2015 Rugby World Cup

Birmingham is the second biggest city in England and located in the west midlands of the country.

Football ground Villa Park based in Birmingham and home of Aston Villa, has already staged two pool matches in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

There are plenty of things to see and do in Birmingham, especially for children, and one of the most popular attractions is Cadbury World, which celebrates the production and the history of chocolate and also traces the history of the first chocolate bar.

The National Sea Life Centre is also in Birmingham, as is the Thinktank Science Museum while a one-hour drive away is Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of legendary writer Shakespeare.

Villa Park: Capacity: 42,785

Another football stadium acting as a venue in the Rugby World Cup is the Brighton Community Stadium in Brighton, which is 50 miles south of London.

The famous Brighton beach and Brighton pier are major tourist sites.

The beach has been voted among the top 10 city break destinations on the globe.

The Royal Pavilion is also in Brighton. It is an exotic place which was built as a seaside retreat for King George IV.

A favourite place to go for families is the Brighton Toy and Model Museum which has one of the finest collections of toys and models with over 10,000 exhibits to enjoy.

Brighton Community Stadium: Capacity: 30,750

Pupil profile

Name: James McLaughlin

Age: 9

School: Roe Valley Integrated Primary School, Limavady

Which sports do you like to play and to watch?

I really like playing lots of sports but mainly rugby and football. In football I am a goalkeeper and in rugby I like playing different positions but mostly prop.

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

I would love to go to New Zealand as I have a friend who used to live there. I would really enjoy watching a rugby match in New Zealand and taking part in the Haka.

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

I think it will be New Zealand or Ireland, but I really want Ireland to win. I think France could do well also.

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