Text  Larger | Smaller | Default

NewsNow

OS to stage Rugby World Cup matches


Filed: Thursday, 2nd May 2013
By: Staff Writer


The Olympic Stadium has been named as one of the venues to be used for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The Stratford stadium, which West Ham United will be moving into ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League season is one of 13 arenas to have been chosen to host matches in the tournament, which takes place in September 2015.

Five of the tournament's 48 matches will be played at the Olympic Stadium, which is one of ten football-based venues chosen to host the games. Only three of the 13 grounds - Twickenham, Gloucester's Kingsholm Stadium and Exeter's Sandy Park are dedicated to rugby.

The 54,000-capacity stadium will host two Pool D matches (France v TBC and Ireland v Italy), one Pool C match (New Zealand v To Be Confirmed), one Pool B match (South Africa v To Be Confirmed) plus the Bronze Final (aka third place play-off) on Friday, 30th October.

Manchester United's Old Trafford was removed from the pool of prospective venues due to worries over the impact matches might have on the playing surface. Tickets for the tournament go on sale from next year.


The 13 Venues of Rugby World Cup 2015
In order of capacity

1. Wembley Stadium, London 90,256
2. Twickenham, London - 81,605
3. Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 74,154
4. Olympic Stadium (West Ham Utd) 54,000
5. St James Park (Newcastle Utd) - 52,090
6. City of Manchester Stadium (Man City) 47,800
7. Villa Park (Aston Villa) 42,785
8. Elland Road Leeds (Utd) 37,914
9. King Power Stadium (Leicester City) 32,312
10. Amex Stadium (Brighton) 30,750
11. Stadium MK (MK Dons) 30,717
12. Kingsholm Stadium (Gloucester Rugby) 16,115
13. Sandy Park (Exeter Chiefs) 12,300



Related News

   arrow   The OS is not West Ham's stadium, says Athletics chief [27th Jan 2015]
   arrow   Season ticket deposit receives cool reception [13th Jan 2015]
   arrow   Opening time for the new Boleyn  [12th Jan 2015]
   arrow   West Ham United announce Olympic Stadium migration policy [11th Jan 2015]
   arrow   Affordable football to cost five per cent more next season [8th Jan 2015]
   arrow   Sullivan seeking further investment  [28th Dec 2014]
   arrow   Karren the Baron [6th Nov 2014]
   arrow   Allardyce to lead West Ham into the OS, hints Sullivan [3rd Nov 2014]
   arrow   Umbro to replace Adidas as West Ham's kit provider [27th Oct 2014]
   arrow   Olympic Stadium conversion to cost public purse another 35million [22nd Oct 2014]


Your Comments


comments powered by Disqus
 
News Image




On This Day ...

One Year Ago
Up yours Jose, says Big Sam
Sam Allardyce has laughed off criticism from Chelsea Joe Mourinho regarding...more
Three Years Ago
Here Ze comes
Brazilian striker Ze Eduardo is expected to arrive in London later today in order to join West Ham o...more
Five Years Ago
West Ham Utd 0 Blackburn Rovers 0
The Irons blew a glorious opportunity to move clear of the relegation zone with a desperately disapp...more