– Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby
Leicester already has a great reputation as a sporting city, and it is a real privilege to take part in hosting the Rugby World Cup 2015.
This hugely-popular event will also be a major boost to the city's economy, bringing in thousands of visiting fans from across the globe.
Leicester is to host three matches in the Rugby World Cup 2015.
Games will be played at Leicester City Football Club’s home ground, which will be known as the Leicester City Stadium for the duration of the Tournament, in October 2015.
Leicester is the only city in the East Midlands selected to host matches in the six-week tournament, which will see the top 20 teams in the world competing for the prestigious Webb Ellis Cup.
Argentina v Tonga (Sunday October 4), Americas 1 v Europe 2 (Tuesday October 6) and Argentina v Africa 1 (Sunday October 11) will all take place at the Leicester City Stadium.
Paul Faulkner, Aston Villa Chief Executive Officer, said:
We’re delighted to be associated with this prestigious tournament and we look forward to hosting marquee matches involving two past winners in Australia and South Africa at Villa Park.
This is an iconic stadium which has hosted more FA Cup semi-finals than any other venue, along with major concerts and the Community Shield this season between Manchester City and Chelsea.
We look forward to putting on a show which will highlight the unique character of our wonderful stadium and also the distinctive character at the heart of the city of Birmingham.
The Rugby World Cup 2015 venues are spread across 10 cities across England, from Birmingham to Milton Keynes, Exeter to Newcastle to enable England Rugby 2015 to showcase the game to a large audience across the length and breadth of the country, in addition to the Welsh capital.
Villa Park will host two matches, South Africa vs Samoa on Saturday, September 26 and Australia versus play-off winners on Sunday, September 27.
Aston Villa statement:
The Club is delighted to confirm that Villa Park has been announced as one of the match venues for the Rugby World Cup 2015 to be hosted in England.
Tournament organisers England Rugby 2015 (ER 2015) and tournament owners Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) today announced the full list of venues and published the match schedule for RWC 2015.
Villa Park is one of 13 match venues, alongside other iconic stadia such as Twickenham, Wembley, Millennium Stadium and Olympic Park.
Villa Park has been chosen to host The FA Community Shield.
Normally hosted at Wembley, the tournament has been moved due to the Olympics, and will be played at Aston Villa’s stadium, Villa Park, on Sunday 12 August.
– Alex Horne, FA General Secretary
“Villa Park is one of English football’s most iconic grounds and has a wonderful tradition of hosting some of the game’s biggest matches. Once we knew the Olympic football schedule, we worked hard to secure a suitable alternative venue for The FA Community Shield 2012 and are delighted that Aston Villa have agreed to host the season’s traditional curtain raiser.”