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September 2015

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Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions 21 the Groundsman September 2015 "Every one of the groundsmen I've met was certainly embracing the challenge and clearly looking forward to the competition. I told them to enjoy the time they had with the teams as this is perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime experience and will be over in such a short time. When I was at Manchester United we hosted five games at 6ld Trafford for the Euro 96 football, and I can remember it as though it were yesterday. "I also explained that there would be cameras beaming their pitches into front rooms all over the world, and suggested they look at their pitches through the eyes of the visitors and viewers to envisage what they will see. There is only one chance to make a first impression and it is important that we as groundsmen show the world just how good we are." It is estimated that around half a million international people will visit the UK for the tournament and that 20,000 hours of rugby will be televised to 207 broadcast areas across the world. That said, Keith is adamant that UK groundsmen have the expertise to more than meet both viewers' and players' expectations. "Throughout my travels around the country I am always impressed with the skill, knowledge and dedication of our groundsmen. We have a knack, a feel for the job and almost everyone that I know enjoys what they do, taking such a pride in their work, bearing in mind, too, that we often have to endure varying weather conditions - sometimes four seasons in one day. "Also, having travelled extensively abroad, I know we can be rightly proud of just how good we are. It might be arrogant to say we are the best in the world but to paraphrase the late, great Brian Clough, 'we are in the top one'." l Twickenham's Keith Kent: "It is important that we show the world just how good we are" England has highest number of drop goals in RWC history Harrod UK, the manufacturer of the 17m-tall goal posts being used at all RWC stadia (installed within 40 tonnes of concrete at venues across the country), has delved into the history of the event since it began in 1987 and found that England tops the chart for the number of drop goals (20) scored throughout RWC history. The company's interactive infographic also shows the number of matches each country has played, their top scorer, and the number of tries, points, conversions and penalties achieved. Kevin Utton, Harrod's sports sales and marketing manager, says: "We've created the infographic to give fans the opportunity to easily access vital statistics about their country or team of choice. I'm sure it will help fuel friendly debate and speculation about this year's potential winners and losers." To view statistics on your team of choice, visit https://www.harrod. uk.com/infographic We've created the infographic to give fans the opportunity to easily access vital statistics about their country or team of choice. I'm sure it will help fuel friendly debate and speculation about this year's potential winners and losers

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