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Newspapers in Education: Rugby World Cup 2015, week 5

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

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 Manchester and Gloucester.

Manchester is better known for football than rugby but that didn't stop World Cup organisers from using Manchester City Stadium or the Etihad Stadium, as it can also be known, as one of the venues for the tournament.

The two football clubs are called Manchester United, who play at Old Trafford, and Manchester City. Also in the city is the National Football Museum, the world's biggest football museum, containing over 140,000 items.

Visitors can also go to the set of Coronation Street, the television soap opera, while Legoland Discovery Centre is a popular attraction for children.

Numerous well known musicians come from Manchester. They include the Gallagher brothers Noel and Liam, who formed the famous and successful band Oasis.

Situated in the north west of England, Manchester staged the 2002 Commonwealth Games. It was given city status in 1853.

Manchester City Stadium: Capacity - 47,800

The Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester is a venue filled with rugby history. The first rugby international played there was in 1900 when Wales defeated England 13-3.

It is the home of Aviva Premiership rugby side Gloucester and is well known for being one of the most atmospheric grounds in the country.

Gloucester is a city in the south west of England and close to the Welsh border.

Gloucester Cathedral is a big attraction and considered by historians to be one of the finest medieval buildings in England.

There are also many museums to enjoy in the city which include The Folk Museum, The City Museum, Beatrix Potter Museum, The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, The Jet Age Museum, Gloucester Waterways Museum and the Nature in Art Gallery and Museum, containing the world's widest range of nature inspired art.

Kingsholm Stadium: Capacity - 16,500

Name: Ruan Pienaar

Country: South Africa

DOB: 10/03/84

Height: 186cm

Weight: 92kg

Ireland may be out of the World Cup, but there is still one Ulster player in the competition in the shape of South African star Ruan Pienaar.

The man from Bloemfontein is a popular figure at Kingspan Stadium and is considered a world class operator by fans and team-mates alike, be it as a scrum-half or out-half.

He may not be a starting choice in the South African XV at present, but he could play a part as a substitute when the Springboks face New Zealand in Saturday's eagerly anticipated World Cup semi-final at Twickenham.

Pienaar's dad Gysie was also a South African international. Noted for his passing and kicking skills as a youngster, Ruan made his senior debut for his country in 2006.

One year later he was in the South African squad that won the World Cup in 2007.

He will hope to achieve the same feat eight years on.

Pienaar has been with Ulster since 2010. Prior to that he was a successful player for Natal Sharks in South Africa.

In his time with Ulster he has inspired many victories and was a key figure when the team made the Heineken Cup final in 2012 and the Pro 12 final in 2013.

Name: Sam Warburton

Country: Wales

DOB: 05/10/88

Height: 188cm

Weight: 103kg

Sam Warburton is the Wales captain. He plays as a flanker and has led the side since 2011, becoming a hero to the Welsh people in the process.

Warburton played football at school alongside Real Madrid star Gareth Bale and had a trial with Cardiff City before deciding, aged 14, that rugby was the sport for him.

He joined Cardiff Blues and became known as an inspirational skipper at under 18, under 19 and under 20 level for Wales, making his debut for the senior side in 2009.

He has been an influential figure ever since becoming the country's second youngest skipper at 22 after Gareth Edwards.

In the 2011 World Cup he became the youngest captain ever in the tournament but was sent off in the semi-final defeat to France.

Warburton, who has enjoyed Six Nations glory with his nation, was also the captain of the British and Irish Lions on their winning tour of Australia in 2013.

Pupil profile

Name: Adam Trimble

Age: 11

School: Kilkeel Primary School

Which sports do you like to play and to watch?

I like to play and watch football, tennis, hockey and rugby.

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 my cousin, Andrew, is working over there.

He says it is beautiful and really warm.

I love sport and could play all year round in Australia.

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

I think New Zealand will win but I would have loved it to have been Ireland.

I had hoped Andrew Trimble would have been called up because he has the same name as me. Unfortunately, Ireland are out. I got Wales in my class draw as part of the Belfast Telegraph project.

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