CUMNOCK was put firmly on the map this week.

In a world first, the towns high flying rugby club is the first to be featured on Google Street View as part of an initiative leading up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Google UK has launched #HomeTownHeroes in the run up to the World Cup, celebrating the local club schools and communities which made today’s Scottish, English, Irish and Welsh rugby stars.

The campaign saw Google Street View camera crews come to the local club and capture images of the players, ground and supporters, which will then appear whenever someone searches the club on Google street view.

Google Street View captured the images at Cumnock RFC, the club where Scotland star, Mark Bennett, first laced his boots.

The images went live on the September 5 - 13 days before the tournament kicks off to correspond with the shirt number he now wears for club and country. The Google Street View camera car visited Cumnock Rugby Club last Thursday as the squad trained.

Google UK’s Head of Social Media, Stephen Rosenthal said: “Our amateur rugby teams really are at the centre of our communities, so we’re delighted to be capturing that local pride and passion on Street View.

“Cumnock RFC and Cumnock are rightly proud of Mark Bennett, and we’re excited to see how they celebrate his achievements, and the club that made them possible, in their own unique way, for the world to enjoy.”