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2015 World Cup venues & Match schedule revealed

The Olympic Stadium will host four pool matches and a quarter final

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Article Published: Saturday 4 May 2013

Rugby World Cup 2015 organisers England Rugby 2015 (ER 2015) have announced the full list of Match Venues and published the Match Schedule for Rugby World Cup 2015, hosted in England.

The 13 Match Venues and Host Cities selected are: Twickenham Stadium (London), Wembley Stadium (London), Olympic Stadium (London), Millennium Stadium (Cardiff), Manchester City Stadium (Manchester), St James' Park (Newcastle), Elland Road (Leeds), Leicester City Stadium (Leicester), Villa Park (Birmingham), Kingsholm Stadium (Gloucester), stadiummk (Milton Keynes), Brighton Community Stadium (Brighton) and Sandy Park (Exeter).

Taking the game to ten cities across the country enables England Rugby 2015 to showcase the game to a large audience across the length and breadth of the country.

The Match Schedule will see 25 matches played in dedicated Rugby venues, seven in multi-event stadia and 16 in football venues.

This blend of stadia will provide a variety of Rugby World Cup match day experiences and over two million opportunities for fans to engage with one of the world's most recognisable major sports events.

The Tournament will open at Twickenham Stadium on Friday September 18, 2015, where England will face Oceania 1, confirmed at the close of the Qualification process in 2014.

In addition to a selection of Pool games, Twickenham Stadium will also host two Quarter-Finals, the Semi-Finals and the Final on October 31.

Two Quarter Finals will also be played in Cardiff at the Millennium Stadium and the Bronze Final will be hosted at the Olympic Stadium.

Confirmation of the Match Venues and Match Schedule follows approval from the Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) Board and an extensive and thorough evaluation process, undertaken by England Rugby 2015 in collaboration with tournament owners RWCL, Host Broadcaster ITV, and commercial stakeholders.

The 13 Match Venues selected from the long list of 17 named in October 2012, plus Sandy Park added last month and the Manchester City Stadium which replaces Old Trafford, took into account geographical spread, sporting and facilities criteria, support from host cities, and capacity requirements to deliver the best possible platform for a fully engaging world class Tournament for fans and teams.

England Rugby 2015 also launched the vision for Rugby World Cup 2015 today outlining the Tournament as a celebration of Rugby and its unique values, exciting and inspiring our nation and the world to play and support the game.

England Rugby 2015 Chief Executive, Debbie Jevans, commented: "The world can now start planning for Rugby World Cup 2015. "

"Today, we've brought the Tournament to life, announcing the Match Venues and the full Match Schedule. In less than two and a half years time, we will be welcoming the world to England and to a celebration of Rugby, played in a range of atmospheric stadiums right across the country. "

"Rugby has so much to offer - and over the next two and a half years, we will be working hard with RWCL to deliver a Tournament which celebrates the unique values of Rugby and excites and inspires the nation and the world to play and support the game. The countdown to 2015 begins in earnest today and we look forward to welcoming the world to England in 2015.

"We are very grateful to all the cities and venues who have been part of the selection process for Rugby World Cup 2015.

"The support and interest shown by Coventry, Bristol, Derby, Southampton and Sunderland has been excellent and, whilst they have not been selected to host, we will continue to build upon the relationships forged throughout this process to ensure that these cities will still play a part in this truly nationwide tournament."

RWCL Chairman Bernard Lapasset commented: "The delivery of the Match Schedule and Match Venues in collaboration with England Rugby 2015 is an important milestone for what promises to be a truly spectacular Rugby World Cup. "

"Through this rigorous process we have been able to develop solid foundations for the best tournament experience for all participating teams, the host nation and the global Rugby community.

"We have also worked hard with all stakeholders to deliver a Match Schedule that is fair and balanced for all teams and that will provide the stage for the world's finest players from 20 nations to perform to the best of their ability during a six week festival of world class Rugby."

"Rugby World Cup 2015 is about opportunity. It is the promise of more than 2 million opportunities to engage with one of the world's biggest major sports events."

"It is the opportunity to engage new fans the length and breadth of the country and to grow Rugby around the world in order that more men, women and children may experience the sport and its character-building values. It is set to be an exceptional event for the teams, the fans, the host nation, and the continued development of Rugby worldwide."

Minister for Sport and Tourism, Hugh Robertson commented, "Rugby World Cup in 2015 is another great global sports event coming to the UK. "

"It has the full backing of Government and will be fantastic for Rugby in this country encouraging more people to get involved. There is also a great tourism opportunity to make the most of with matches being played across the country."

Rugby World Cup 2015 Match Venues and Host Cities:
1. Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton & Hove - 30,750
2. Manchester City Stadium, Manchester - 47,800
3. Elland Road, Leeds - 37,914
4. Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester - 16,115
5. Leicester City Stadium, Leicester - 32,312
6. Millennium Stadium, Cardiff - 74,154
7. Olympic Stadium, London - 54,000
8. Sandy Park, Exeter - 12,300
9.Stadiummk, Milton Keynes - 30,717
10. St James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne - 52,409
11. Twickenham Stadium, London - 81,605
12. Villa Park, Birmingham - 42,785
13. Wembley Stadium, London - 90,256
Fixtures for the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup in England:
Fri Sep 18 (Pool A) England v Oceania 1 Twickenham Stadium
Sat Sep 19 (Pool C) Tonga v Europe 1 Kingsholm Stadium
Sat Sep 19 (Pool D) Ireland v Americas 1 Millennium Stadium
Sat Sep 19 (Pool B) South Africa v Asia 1 Brighton Community Stadium
Sat Sep 19 (Pool D) France v Italy Twickenham Stadium
Sun Sep 20 (Pool B) Samoa v Americas 2 Brighton Community Stadium
Sun Sep 20 (Pool C) New Zealand v Argentina Wembley Stadium
Sun Sep 20 (Pool A) Wales v Play-Off Winner Millennium Stadium
Wed Sep 23 (Pool B) Scotland v Asia 1 Kingsholm Stadium
Wed Sep 23 (Pool A) Australia v Oceania 1 Millennium Stadium
Wed Sep 23 (Pool D) France v Europe 2 Olympic Stadium
Thu Sep 24 (Pool C) New Zealand v Africa 1 Olympic Stadium
Fri Sep 25 (Pool C) Argentina v Europe 1 Kingsholm Stadium
Sat Sep 26 (Pool D) Italy v Americas 1 Elland Road
Sat Sep 26 (Pool B) South Africa v Samoa Villa Park
Sat Sep 26 (Pool A) England v Wales Twickenham Stadium
Sun Sep 27 (Pool A) Australia v Play-Off Winner Villa Park
Sun Sep 27 (Pool B) Scotland v Americas 2 Elland Road
Sun Sep 27 (Pool D) Ireland v Europe 2 Wembley Stadium
Tue Sep 29 (Pool C) Tonga v Africa 1 Sandy Park
Thu Oct 1 (Pool D) France v Americas 1 stadiummk
Thu Oct 1 (Pool A) Wales v Oceania 1 Millennium Stadium
Fri Oct 2 (Pool C) New Zealand v Europe 1 Millennium Stadium
Sat Oct 3 (Pool B) Samoa v Asia 1 stadiummk
Sat Oct 3 (Pool B) South Africa v Scotland St James' Park
Sat Oct 3 (Pool A) England v Australia Twickenham Stadium
Sun Oct 4 (Pool C) Argentina v Tonga Leicester City Stadium
Sun Oct 4 (Pool D) Ireland v Italy Olympic Stadium
Tue Oct 6 (Pool D) Americas 1 v Europe 2 Leicester City Stadium
Tue Oct 6 (Pool A) Oceania 1 v Play-Off Winner stadiummk
Wed Oct 7 (Pool C) Africa 1 v Europe 1 Sandy Park
Wed Oct 7 (Pool B) South Africa v Americas 2 Olympic Stadium
Fri Oct 9 (Pool C) New Zealand v Tonga St James' Park
Sat Oct 10 (Pool B) Samoa v Scotland St James' Park
Sat Oct 10 (Pool A) Australia v Wales Twickenham Stadium
Sat Oct 10 (Pool A) England v Play-Off Winner Manchester City Stadium
Sun Oct 11 (Pool D) Italy v Europe 2 Sandy Park
Sun Oct 11 (Pool B) Americas 2 v Asia 1 Kingsholm Stadium
Sun Oct 11 (Pool C) Argentina v Africa 1 Leicester City Stadium
Sun Oct 11 (Pool D) France v Ireland Millennium Stadium
Sat Oct 17 Quarter-Final 1: Winner Pool C v Runner-Up Pool D Millennium Stadium
Sat Oct 17 Quarter-Final 2: Winner Pool B v Runner-Up Pool A Twickenham Stadium
Sun Oct 18 Quarter-Final 3: Winner Pool D v Runner-Up Pool C Millennium Stadium
Sun Oct 18 Quarter-Final 4: Winner Pool A v Runner-Up Pool B Twickenham Stadium
Sat Oct 24 Semi-Final 1: Winner QF1 v W QF2 Twickenham Stadium
Sun Oct 25 Semi-Final 2: Winner QF3 v W QF4 Twickenham Stadium
Fri Oct 30 Bronze Final Olympic Stadium
Sat Oct 31 Final Twickenham Stadium

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