During Rugby World Cup 2015, Land Rover supported rugby from the grassroots to the greatest stage.
In communities across the world, there are clubs who defy the odds every week to field a side and take on harsh conditions, uneven pitches, and logistical nightmares to play the sport they love.
These clubs epitomise the values of camaraderie, sportsmanship and hard work that form the very spirit of the game, and we are determined to tell their stories.
#WeDealInReal#WeDealInReal champions the people who are the heart and soul of the game, by putting local clubs on the global stage
This year, the game’s elite players vied for rugby’s ultimate prize at the largest ever Rugby World Cup. From Japan’s remarkable victory over South Africa to Argentina’s free-running heroics, the Tournament showcased the values shared at all levels of the game.
Now the Tournament is over, it’s time for the unshakable spirit of the grassroots players, clubs, and fans to take centre stage. #WeDealInReal
Our celebration of grassroots rugby during Rugby World Cup 2015
#WeDealInReal Ex-player Stories
Gareth Edwards, 68, Cardiff
Wales legend Gareth Edwards has experienced the true spirit of rugby. When playing for Cardiff against Harlequins in a match supposed to be at Twickenham, the team got to the stadium and were told it was being used by someone else, due to a mix up with the fixture card. So they went across the road to The Stoop, Harlequins’ usual home ground. Unfortunately, The Stoop was also in use, so the first teams of both clubs, full of England and Wales internationals, ended up walking around asking people to move their parked cars off the Third XV pitch so they could play their game. It’s stories like these that sum up the #WeDealInReal spirit, running through all levels of the game.
Richard Hill, 42, Salisbury RFC
The only player never dropped by Sir Clive Woodward, 71-cap England flanker and Rugby World Cup 2003 winner Richard Hill has some rather prosaic memories of his playing days. Once, aged 17, he went to watch Salisbury play in the Pilkington Cup. Unfortunately, injury had reduced Salisbury to only 14 fit players. Eager to help out and get involved, Hill rummaged around, and grabbed a pair of boots from the club's lost and found box. The only problem was that they were slightly too small for his feet. Undaunted, he ran out to play. At the end of the match, he left the field with bleeding and blistered toes. A gruesome illustration of the community spirit, sportsmanship and determination at the heart of rugby.
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