Peacehaven MP Simon Kirby MP was delighted when he heard the Amex Stadium in Falmer will host matches at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Mr Kirby, who is the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Sport, has campaigned in support of the city’s bid to host matches during the prestigious international tournament; corresponding with the game’s governing bodies and meeting with RFU representatives in Parliament.
He welcomed this morning’s announcement that the Amex would take its place as a host venue alongside Twickenham and the Olympic Stadium.
Mr Kirby said: “The Rugby World Cup is the third biggest sporting event in the world, and I am delighted that Brighton will play a part in a monumental occasion when the tournament comes to England in 2015.
“It is especially pleasing because the Amex faced very tough competition from some more established stadia. I know from my various letters and meetings that the fantastic facilities available at the venue and the undoubted attraction of Brighton and Hove as a host city were very apparent to selectors.
“Today’s announcement is great news for the city, and for the future of rugby in the region. I know that my constituents will be looking forward to a great occasion in 2015.”