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17th September 2015

Rugby World Cup – 25 million extra pints to be sold, says BBPA

On the eve of the Rugby World Cup, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) says the tournament will give a big boost to locals across the UK.


The associations expects pubs to sell over 25 million extra pints, with over 2.5 million watching at least one game in the pub.


Most of this boost to beer sales will come from UK residents (20 million pints) but the BBPA also expects the thousands of visitors to the UK to boost sales by five million pints. The total impact on turnover for pubs, in beer sales alone, is expected to be around £86 million.


BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds comments;


“The Rugby World Cup is a great opportunity for pubs, and they will be making the most of it. Nothing can match the atmosphere of the Great British pub when it comes to big matches, apart from actually being there. And for those visiting the UK for the tournament, the pub is a huge attraction.”


BBPA’s brewing members are getting into the spirit of the event, with wittily named celebratory beers designed for the occasion. Robinsons Brewery in Stockport has released ‘Hop and Under’, their penultimate seasonal beer for 2015, and Suffolk-based Adnams has produced ‘Prop Hop’ with some of the proceeds going to the Matt Hampson Foundation. Blackburn’s Daniel Thwaites has produced ‘Try Harder’, an amber ale using hops from down under and English Malt.


The BBPA, in partnership with the police and local authorities, has also recently published guidance for licensees and pub managers on how to ensure a safe and successful tournament, which is freely available on the BBPA website.


Brigid Simmonds adds:


“Many pubs are likely to be extremely busy, and publicans can ensure a safe and successful tournament by closely reviewing the advice in our guidance.



For further information please contact:

David Wilson, Public Affairs Director: Tel (020) 7627 9151

Neil Williams, Head of Media: (020) 7627 9156


Notes to editors:

The full guidance booklet is available on the BBPA website here:

The British Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies. The Association is more than a century old and was originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904. Our members account for some 90 per cent of beer brewed in Britain today, and own around 20,000 of the nation’s pubs.