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Olympic Stadium to host Rugby World Cup 2015

As the Rugby World Cup 2015 is being planned, it has been revealed that along with 12 other venues, London’s Olympic Stadium will host five of the World Cup matches. The Olympic Stadium has been in the news for something else as well recently, as the football team West Ham United have purchased the Olympic Stadium and will play there a year after the Rugby World Cup. West Ham sealed the deal in March of this year and was told that after reconstruction was finished, which the football team has had to contribute towards, they can play at the Olympic Stadium from August 2016 onwards.

The Rugby World Cup qualifiers are split up into 4 pools which will eventually have 5 teams and each team will play each other. Then the top two teams in each pool go through to the quarter-finals to play teams from a separate pool. So far only 3 teams have qualified into each pool meaning 8 more nations are left to qualify; Pool A – Australia, Wales, England; Pool B – South Africa, Samoa, Scotland; Pool C – New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga; Pool D – France, Ireland, Italy.

The Olympic Stadium will host 5 matches including games involving South Africa, New Zealand and France. It will also have the Ireland vs Italy match there which is scheduled to be played on Sunday 4th October. The bronze match where 3rd and 4th place is contested will also be held at the Olympic Stadium.

Unsurprisingly, England’s international Rugby stadium, Twickenham, will be host to most of the games with 10 matches being played there and 3 of the 4 pool matches England must play. England will play their final pool game at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. Twickenham will also hold 2 quarter-finals, both semi-finals and the final on Saturday 30th October. The tournament organisers have to sell over 2.9 million tickets in order to pay back the £80 million which is owed to the International Rugby Board.

The 13 stadiums which will host the Rugby World Cup 2015 matches are:
Amex Stadium – 30,750 – Brighton
Elland Road – 37,914 – Leeds
Etihad Stadium – 47,800 – Manchester
King Power Stadium – 32,312 – Leicester
Kingsholm – 16,115 – Gloucester
Millennium Stadium – 74,154 – Cardiff
Olympic Stadium – 54,000 – London
Sandy Park – 12,300 – Exeter
Stadium MK – 30,717 – Milton Keynes
St James’ Park – 52,409 – Newcastle
Twickenham – 81,605 – London
Wembley – 90,256 – London
Villa Park – 42,785 – Birmingham

Author Daniel Foster.
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