Newcastle & Sunderland on Rugby World Cup long-list

Both Newcastle and Sunderland have been long-listed as potential venues for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Stadium of Light: possible venue for Rugby World Cup

Sunderland's Stadium of Light is one of the region's sporting venues named today as potential venues to host Rugby World Cup matches.

We're delighted that Sunderland has made it onto the long-list of potential venues to host the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Sunderland has an excellent track record in delivering a wide range of major events and a fantastic reputation for the warmth of our welcome and the passion we have for sport.

– Cllr Paul Watson, Leader, Sunderland City Council

A final decision on which venues will host Rugby World Cup matches in 2015 will be made early next year.