There will be a total of 13 Rugby World Cup 2015 Venues ranging from legendary theatres of the game to unknown quantities, the following is a complete guide to all of these.
Brighton Community Stadium
Interesting Fact: This is a fairly new stadium so interesting is a bit thin on the ground, its now horribly called the amex stadium. Falmer, the village it is built in, was once given to a woman called Gundred in the 11th century though.
RWC2015 Fixtures at Brighton Community Stadium
19/09/15: South Africa v Japan
20/09/15: Samoa v USA
Elland Road, Leeds
The home of Leeds United Football Club but not such a stranger to the oval ball as some others on this list, it hosted the Rugby League 4 Nations Final in 2011. Rugby Union too has made an appearance, with South Africa playing a North of England side here in 1992.
Interesting Fact: Elland Road featured as a substitute for the old Wembley Stadium in the 2010 film The Kings Speech.
RWC2015 Fixtures at Elland Road, Leeds
26/09/15: Italy Vs Canada
27/09/15: Scotland Vs USA
Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester
The first traditional rugby venue on the list, Gloucester have been playing here since 1891.
Interesting Fact: When the USA play here it will be their third time, not exactly a good omen, seeing they were beaten here in 1991 by New Zealand and by Tonga 40-12 in November 2014.
Leicester City Stadium, Leicester
Another stadium in a hotbed of English rugby, though why the RWC organisers decided to hold games here rather that the hotbed of English rugby, Welford Road, has been to say the least, a touch controversial.
Interesting Fact; The stadium, named the ‘King Power’ stadium, will likely remain unique in Rugby World Cup history as the only stadium ever to hold world cup games named after a duty free shop.
RWC2015 Fixtures at Leicester City Stadium, Leicester
Argentina v Tonga
Argentina v Namibia
Canada v Romania
Manchester City Stadium, Manchester
There is little that can be said for this than the title states, its Man City’s stadium in Manchester, I’d say has a good chance of providing England’s smallest crowd during the competition, which is something to look forward too at least.
RWC2015 Fixtures at Manchester City Stadium, Manchester
England v Uruguay
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
A genuinely fantastic auditorium of the sport. I’ve been going here since I was a boy and it was the Arms Park and I’ve rarely been at another that could rival its atmosphere. Its simply a must visit for any rugby lover.
Interesting Fact; In 2011, 50,000 people watched Wales play France in the World Cup semi-finals in the Millennium Stadium, despite the fact the game was being played in New Zealand.
RWC2015 Fixtures at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Ireland v Canada
Wales v Uruguay
Australia v Fiji
Wales v Fiji
New Zealand v Georgia
France v Ireland
Winner Pool C v Runner-up Pool D
Winner Pool D v Runner-up Pool C
The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
This venue has been given the thankless task of “deliver a lasting sporting, cultural and community legacy in east London”. Poor thing. Built for the Olympics, soon to be the home of West Ham and rumoured to have the most expensive hotdogs of any venue
Interesting Fact; The hotdogs are very expensive.
RWC2015 Fixtures at The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
France v Romania
New Zealand v Namibia
Ireland v Italy
South Africa v USA
Loser SF1 v Loser SF2
Sandy Park, Exeter
Home of the Exeter Chiefs and the capital of West Country Rugby, Sandy Park will no doubt be packed & loud.
Interesting Fact; Wikipedia tells me it has a Desso Grassmaster surface. Interesting eh?
RWC2015 Fixtures at Sandy Park, Exeter
Tonga v Namibia
Namibia v Georgia
Italy v Romania
St James’ Park, Newcastle
The biggest sportsground outside of London and given its Football team’s run in recent years could do with a few cheers to wake the place up a bit.
Interesting Fact; There is a massive debate over whether St James’ Park is grammatically correct, I suppose if you are used to watching football…
RWC2015 Fixtures at St James’ Park, Newcastle
South Africa v Scotland
New Zealand v Tonga
Samoa v Scotland
Stadium MK, Milton Keynes
Home to MK Dons, in Milton Keynes, why the UK has chosen to admit to its existence is beyond me.
Interesting Fact; The south stand is known to locals as the Cowshed.
RWC2015 Fixtures at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes
France v Canada
Samoa v Japan
Fiji v Uruguay
Twickenham Stadium, London
The ex-cabbage patch, fortress, twickers, hq, yada, yada, yada.
Interesting Fact; Fiji have scored over 20 points on 2 out of 3 occasions
RWC2015 Fixtures at Twickenham Stadium, London
England v Fiji
France v Italy
England v Wales
England v Australia
Australia v Wales
QF1: Winner Pool B v Runner-up Pool A
QF4: Winner Pool A v Runner-up Pool B
Winner QF1 v Winner QF2
Winner QF3 v Winner QF4