Rugby World Cup 2015 organisers, England Rugby 2015 (ER 2015) have released a list of 17 potential venues for Rugby World Cup matches but surprisingly Leicester Tigers home ground Welford Road has been left off the list.
Welford Road is one of English rugby's most famous grounds and has a seating capacity of 24 000 and instead the 32 000 seater Leicester City Stadium has made it on to the list to potentially host the 48 Rugby World Cup 2015 matches.
Out of the 17 venues released there are just two English Rugby grounds - Twickenham and Kingsholm - as the other 15 are primarily football or mixed use grounds.
ER 2015 have released a statement saying that they have identified the best facilities from 15 different cities across England and Wales.
The Pool Allocation Draw for Rugby World Cup 2015 is taking place in London on December 3 2012, after which ER 2015 and RWCL will be in a position to work through the fixture schedule with all stakeholders to select a final list of up to 12 venues, which will be concluded by spring next year.
Following the selection of match venues, England Rugby 2015 will also subsequently be selecting a range of training and team base camps at locations throughout the country, as well as numerous locations for fan zones, in order to deliver a sporting and cultural celebration that will bring together the British sporting community across the length and breadth of the country, and the global Rugby family, for a festival of world class sport, culture and hospitality.
Andy Cosslett, England Rugby 2015 Chairman, commented:"The selection of the long list of potential venues represents an exciting milestone for Rugby World Cup 2015, when fans up and down the country can begin to get excited about the prospect of one of sport's greatest events coming to their local city or town.
"We will now continue to work extremely closely with the venues, cities and stakeholders, including the Premier League and Football League, to plan the scheduling of matches and city hosting programmes to select a final list of up to 12 venues, which will be agreed by the early part of next year.
Rugby World Cup 2015 will involve 48 matches and will take place over a six week period from September 18 to October 31 2015.
The long list of venues selected by ER 2015 and approved by the RWCL Board is as follows:
1. Villa Park, Birmingham
2. Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton
3. Ashton Gate, Bristol
4. Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
5. Coventry Stadium, Coventry
6. Pride Park, Derby
7. Kingsholm, Gloucester
8. Elland Road, Leeds
9. Leicester City Stadium, Leicester
10. Olympic Stadium, London
11. Twickenham Stadium, London
12. Wembley Stadium, London
13. Old Trafford, Manchester
14. Stadiummk, Milton Keynes
15. St James' Park, Newcastle
16. St Mary's Stadium, Southampton
17. Stadium of Light, Sunderland