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Sunday 14 November 2010

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Rugby World Cup: guide to England 2015 stadiums

England won the rights to host the 2015 Rugby World Cup on Tuesday, but where will the games be staged?

Rugby World Cup: guide to England 2015 stadiums - Wembley
 
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Joining the party: Wembley will host matches in the 2015 World Cup Photo: GETTY IMAGES
Rugby World Cup: guide to England 2015 stadiums - Kingsholm
 
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Iconic: Gloucester's Kingsholm ground could increase in capacity for 2015 Photo: GETTY IMAGES
Rugby World Cup: guide to England 2015 stadiums - Twickenham
 
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Rugby's coming home: Twickenham will host the final in 2015 Photo: GETTY IMAGES
Rugby World Cup: guide to England 2015 stadiums - Ricoh Arena
 
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Big job: Coventry FC's Ricoh Arena has staged Heineken Cup games before Photo: PA

The 2015 Rugby World Cup in England will run from the opening match on Sept 4 to the final at Twickenham on Oct 17.

The RFU expect to sell 2.8 million tickets for the tournament, with matches to be played in 10 cities across England and Wales.

Twickenham (London)
The home of English rugby hosted the 1991 World Cup final.
Capacity: 82,000.
Matches: Final; both semi-finals; one quarter-final; pool games.

Wembley (London)
England's biggest stadium, which is to host two Saracens matches this season.
Capacity: 90,000.
Matches: One quarter-final; pool games.

Emirates Stadium (London)
Arsenal's new stadium has never staged a rugby match before.
Capacity: 60,432.
Matches: Bronze medal match; pool games.

Millennium Stadium (Cardiff)
The only stadium being used outside England.
Capacity: 73,350.
Matches: Two quarter-finals; pool games.

Old Trafford (Manchester)
Manchester United's ground staged Argentina v England this summer.
Capacity: 76,100.
Matches: Pool games.

St James' Park (Newcastle)
Newcastle's stadium takes the tournament to the north-east.
Capacity: 52,387.
Matches: Pool games.

Anfield (Liverpool)
Liverpool's ground staged warm-up games before the 1999 World Cup.
Capacity: 45,000.
Matches: Pool games.

Elland Road (Leeds)
Leeds United's ground is more used to staging Test rugby league.
Capacity: 40,204.
Matches: Pool games.

St Mary's Stadium (Southampton)
Southampton's ground has staged international football before and will represent the south coast in the event.
Capacity: 32,689.
Matches: Pool games.

Ricoh Arena (Coventry)
Has hosted the EDF Energy Cup final and Heineken Cup fixtures.
Capacity: 32,500.
Matches: Pool games.

Welford Road (Leicester)
The home of Leicester Tigers is currently being developed into England's biggest club rugby ground.
Capacity: 30,000 (projected).
Matches: Pool games.

Kingsholm (Gloucester)
One of the most atmospheric grounds could be expanded by 2015.
Capacity: 18,000 (projected).
Matches: Pool games.

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