Cardiff to host Rugby World Cup 2015 matches

Rugby World Cup organisers have named Cardiff as one of the venues for the 2015 Rugby World Cup ending speculation that the city will host matches.

There had been some doubt that the Millennium Stadium would host matches as it was revealed around the rugby world cup final that nothing had been gauranteed for the venue.

However with 1,403 days until the start of Rugby World Cup 2015 the Millennium Stadium has been confirmed as a venue along with Twickenham, Welford Road Stadium, Wembley, Old Trafford, Kingsholm Stadium and St James’ Park.

Cardiff will become the first city to be involved in four World Cups – 1991, 1999, 2007 (hosted four games) and 2015.

Edinburgh, Toulouse and Paris all hosted games in 1991, 1991 and 2007.

The format of the Rugby World Cup will be the same one used for the recent 2011 world cup with 20 teams split into four pools and the draw for the pool stages will take place late next year.

Host, holders and all nations finishing third or above in the pool stages of RWC 2011 have qualified automatically for RWC 2015, meaning that Argentina, Australia, England, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Tonga and Wales are already assured of their places.

Tier 1 teams have committed to playing midweek matches, meaning there will be proper breaks between games for the Tier 2 and Tier 3 nations.

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