POTENTIAL RWC VENUES ANNOUNCED

Organisers have announced the potential venues for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and amongst those selected is Wembley Stadium and the Olympic Stadium.

The only Premiership rugby ground on the list is Gloucester's Kingsholm, but rugby union's main base at Twickenham and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, which regularly hosts rugby matches, have both been included.

Meanwhile, some of the biggest football grounds in England have been included.

Manchester United's Old Trafford, Sunderland's Stadium of Light, Newcastle's St James' Park, Aston Villa's Villa Park and Southampton's St Mary's Stadium have all been named on the 17-stadium list.

Six Football League venues have also been included - the Amex Stadium in Brighton, Bristol City's Ashton Gate, Pride Park in Derby, Coventry's Ricoh Arena, Elland Road in Leeds and Stadiummk in Milton Keynes.

The main exclusion from the list was Leicester Tigers' Welford Road, which is the biggest club rugby ground in England.

Leicester chairman Peter Tom was unhappy with the decision, he said: "We are hugely disappointed to learn that Welford Road will not play a part in England's hosting of the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

"Welford Road has hosted many major occasions over the years, including visits from South Africa, Australia and Argentina national teams in recent seasons.

"That the organisers of RWC2015 do not think this an appropriate venue for its fixtures is disappointing and confusing both for the professional club game in this country and for its supporters."

Leicester City Football Club's King Power Stadium has been included, however, with organisers deeming it to be more suitable.

Once the tournament match schedule has been created, the final list of 10-12 venues will be confirmed.

Posted on 09/10/2012