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Former England captain Bill Beaumont praises Midlands Rugby World Cup facilities

Former England captain Bill Beaumont has spoken of his admiration for the Midlands venues being used to host Rugby World Cup teams.

He told ITV News Central that Villa Park, which will host Samoa's match against South Africa on Saturday, was an 'iconic' sporting venue.


Three Northampton Saints named in Samoa side for Springboks clash

Northampton Saints brother Ken and George Pisi are in the squad for the South Africa game Credit: PA

Three Northampton Saints players have been named in the Samoan side to face South Africa at Villa Park on Saturday.

Ken Pisi starts on the wing, while brother George is named among the substitutes. Scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i also makes the starting fifteen.

Samoa are currently second in Pool B on four points.

Three charged over FA Cup West Midlands Derby violence

Villa Park Credit: PA

Three men have been charged this evening by police officers investigating violence at least season's FA Cup derby between Aston Villa and West Brom.

51-year-old Robert Bernard from Wednesbury has been charged with causing fear of unlawful violence alongside Carl Ashmore, 29, and John Ritchie, 34, both from West Bromwich.

All three men will appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court in October.

If they're found guilty, they'll receive football banning orders barring them from attending matches.

As part of their bail conditions imposed ahead of their court appearance, none of them are allowed within five miles of Villa Park before, during and after and games.

They are also barred from going to any regulated football fixture.

Violence erupted in Birmingham following the match in March earlier this year. A number of arrests have been made in connection with the on-going investigation with more set to follow.

Birmingham City lobbying 'at the highest level' for more Capital One Cup tickets

Birmingham City have said the Club made 'strong representation at the highest level to lobby for the additional Capital One Cup allocation'.

Their statement followed the announcement that the Blues will receive just 2800 tickets for their Capital One Cup third round tie at Villa Park.

The clash is taking place on the 22nd September at Villa Park, which can accommodate more than forty thousand fans.


Leicester to host Rugby World Cup 2015

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.

Aston Villa CEO: 'This is an iconic 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.

Villa Park will host two Rugby World Cup matches

Aston Villa:

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.

Villa Park confims it is a venue for Rugby World Cup

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.

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