Venues

Rugby World Cup venue guide: Leicester City Stadium

This modern stadium opened in 2002.

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Leicester City Stadium, Leicester
Capacity: 32,312

Located just up the road from the home of Leicester Tigers Rugby Club, ensures there is no doubt the locals will be heading to watch Argentina play. Often games between low-ranking sides can be the most entertaining so rugby lovers shouldn’t be put off by the lack of big name players.

Argentina play two matches in Leicester.

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Host to:

Sunday 4 October 2015: Kick off 1430, Argentina v Tonga (Pool C, Match 27)

Tuesday 6 October 2015: Kick off 1645, Canada v Romania (Pool D, Match 29)

Sunday 11 October 2015: Kick off 1200, Argentina v Namibia (Pool C, Math 37)

Rugby World Cup venue guide: Kingsholm Stadium

The Kingsholm Stadium only holds 16,500.

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Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester
Capacity: 16,500

Incredibly, Gloucester’s home ground hosted its first test match in 1900. It was then 91 years before international rugby graced Kingsholm again, as a venue for the 1991 Rugby World Cup.

Gloucester’s crowd are known as the Aviva Premiership nosiest and are sure to bring some much-needed atmosphere for Georgia and Japan’s games. The locals love their rugby and will be sure to fill out Kingsholm for the early rounds of Pools B and C.

Scotland will face Japan in Gloucester.

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Host to:

Saturday 19 September 2015: Kick off 1200, Tonga v Georgia (Pool C, Match 2)

Wednesday 23 September 2015: Kick off 1430, Scotland v Japan (Pool B, Match 9)

Friday 25 September 2015: Kick off 1645, Argentina v Georgia (Pool C, Match 13)

Sunday 11 October 2015: Kick off 2000, USA v Japan (Pool B, Match 40)

Rugby World Cup venue guide: Elland Road

Elland Road can generate a ferocious atmosphere.

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Elland Road, Leeds
Capacity: 37,914

Elland Road might be sitting in the centre of rugby league land but this old football ground will provide a unique atmosphere that other, more modern, stadiums can’t recreate.

Rugby union has featured at only Elland Road once, back in 1992 when just 14,000 people saw South Africa beat a North of England team just after their readmission to the international game. Canada and the USA aren’t tipped to make an impression in this years competition although they will provide stern opposition for Italy and Scotland who will be attempting qualify for the knockout stages.

The Rugby League Four Nations final was held at Elland Road in 2011.

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Host to:

Saturday 26 September 2015: Kick off 1430, Italy v Canada (Pool D, Match 14)

Sunday 27 September 2015: Kick off 1430, Scotland v USA (Pool B, Match 18)

Rugby World Cup venue guide: Brighton Community Stadium

The Brighton Community Stadium opened in 2011.

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Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton
Capacity: 30,750

As one of the newest sport stadiums in the UK, the Community Stadium is sure to be an excellent venue for visiting rugby lovers. Padded seats and extra leg-room will prove popular for supporters from all countries and with plans to increase capacity to over 30,000 by the time South Africa visit in September there is no doubt the venue will sell out.

With its own train station, this venue is ready-made to host major sporting events and at just over an hours train journey from London Victoria, the draw of Brighton’s nightlife and the Springboks may see lots of people flock down to the south coast.

This picturesque Sussex setting will welcome South Africa, Japan, Samoa and the USA.

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Host to:

Saturday 19 September 2015: Kick off 1645, South Africa v Japan (Pool B, match 4)

Sunday 20 September 2015: Kick off 1200, Samoa v USA (Pool B, match 6)

Rugby World Cup venue guide: Twickenham

Twickenham, the home of English rugby.

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Twickenham, London

Capacity: 81,605

The home of English rugby, known to fans simply as HQ, this stadium has been staging rugby matches for more than a century. It will host the World Cup’s major fixtures, including both semi-finals and the final. England will also be based there, ensuring they have big home support for the Pool A grudge matches against Wales and Australia.

With a capacity in excess of 81,000 and located just outside central London, Twickenham is set to be the perfect stage to kick off the 2015 Rugby World Cup next September.

The Twickenham roar is a loud one.

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Host to:

Friday 18 September 2015: Kick off 2000, England v Fiji (Pool A, Match 1)

Saturday 19 September 2015: Kick off 2000, France v Italy (Pool D, Match 5)

Saturday 26 September 2015: Kick off 2000, England v Wales (Pool A, Match 16)

Saturday 3 October 2015: Kick off 2000, England v Australia (Pool A, Match 26)

Saturday 10 October 2015: Kick off 1645, Australia v Wales (Pool A, Match 35)

Saturday 17 October 2015: Kick off 1600, TBC v TBC (Quarter Finals, Match 41)

Sunday 18 October 2015: Kick off 1600, TBC v TBC (Quarter Finals, Match 44)

Sunday 24 October 2015: Kick off 1600, TBC v TBC (Semi Finals, Match 45)

Sunday 25 October 2015: Kick off 1600, TBC v TBC (Semi Finals, Match 46)

Saturday 31 October 2015: Kick off 1600, TBC v TBC (Final, Match 48)