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TOURNAMENT PREVIEW RUGBY


WORLD CUP SPECIAL


RUGBY


WORLD CUP


Eleven cities across England and Wales will host


matches at this year’s Rugby World Cup. Some of the 13 stadiums are primarily used for football. We take a look at each venue and chart their rugby heritage


Elland Road will host two games Elland Road, Leeds


Capacity: 37,914 Opened: 1897 Home stadium of: Leeds United AFC Matches at 2015 World Cup: 2 Background: Rugby union has been played here before – in 1992 more than 14,000 turned up to watch a North of England XV play South Africa in an exhibition match. Home of Leeds United AFC, the stadium is England’s 12th largest and throughout its history has hosted a number of rugby league clubs.


TOM WALKER, MANAGING EDITOR, SPORTS MANAGEMENT


Brighton Community Stadium


The Brighton Community Stadium is one of eight football venues used for the 2015 Rugby World Cup


Capacity: 30,750 Opened: 2008 Home stadium of: Brighton and Hove Albion Matches at 2015 World Cup: 2 Background: Constructed at a cost of £93m, the stadium’s architecture and atmosphere has won plaudits from both sports fans and architects. It has held one rugby union game – a under- 20s Six Nations contest between England and France in March 2015.


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