Hounslow Council’s leader, Cllr Steve Curran has said this year’s Rugby World Cup is a golden chance to promote the borough.
He said: “Although I am disappointed with England’s loss to Ireland on Sunday, today is a great day as it marks 200 days to go until the start of Rugby World Cup 2015.
“As a massive Rugby fan I am really excited about this major sporting spectacle being played nearby.
“Hounslow is unique in that we are the only borough to have been awarded proud host status in recognition of us being located on Twickenham’s doorstep .
“We need to pick up the ball and run with it and grab this golden chance to promote all that best about Hounslow. With tens of thousands of Rugby fans from all over the world coming to our corner of south-west London we will make the most of the opportunity to tell the world what is wonderful about Hounslow.
“Not only do we have a diverse multi-cultural population where fans will be made to feel at home, we have vibrant and eclectic mix of shopping centres from chic Chiswick to booming Brentford.”
Rugby is already a popular game locally with around 1,200 students in four Hounslow schools taking part in the Rugby Football Union’s All Schools Programme.
Cllr Curran added: “I want this to be a sporting legacy, one where hundreds of school children from all different backgrounds take up a marvellous team game which not only makes them fitter but teaches important life-long lessons such as respect, discipline and team spirit.”