ENGLAND TO PLAY WORLD CUP GAME UP NORTH

2015 Rugby World Cup organisers have opened discussions with the RFU over England potentially playing one group game away from their usual Twickenham home.

England won the rights to host the tournament in 2009 and England Rugby 2015's biggest challenge is to ensure a legacy is created. ER2015 want to spread the event across Britain having already confirmed a number of matches will be played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

There is worry as to whether any legacy impacts will reach northern England where the main winter sports are football and rugby league. Sale are currently the only northern-based team in the Aviva Premiership and ER2015 are hoping to boost interest by arranging for a pre-tournament game or one group fixture to be played in a large stadium located in the north, away from Twickenham.

ER2015 chairman Andy Cosslett said: "There is a tremendous appetite for making sure this World Cup gets to as many corners of the country as we can take it.

"Taking it out of the traditional rugby [Union] strongholds, where we are fighting the battle against Premier League football teams, is a priority.

"The RFU are very supportive of that. We haven't come to a final conclusion yet, but I think you will find there are a fair few northerners [at the RFU] like [England head coach] Stuart Lancaster and [chief executive] Ian Ritchie so I am sure that we can do the right thing."

Posted on 18/09/2012