RWC2015London’s Olympic Stadium will host five games at the 2015 Rugby World Cup which is being held across 13 venues.


Twickenham will host the opening match of the 20-team event on 18 September with hosts England taking on the winner of the Oceania qualifying competition.  Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, Kingsholm in Gloucester and Exeter’s Sandy Park are the only other rugby venues.

Eight football stadiums, including Wembley, St James’ Park, Elland Road, the Etihad and Villa Park will be used.
The Olympic Stadium will host pool games involving South Africa, New Zealand and France as well as hosting the match between Ireland and Italy on Sunday, 4 October.

The bronze match, on Friday, 30 October, will also be played at the east London stadium.

The 82,000-capacity Twickenham will host 10 games including three of England’s four pool games, two quarter-finals, both semi-finals and the final on Saturday, 31 October.

England will play their final pool game, against a qualifier, at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.

The Millennium Stadium will host two of Wales’ pool games and two quarter-finals among its eight games.

Wales open their campaign in Cardiff on Sunday, 20 September against a qualifier before taking on England at Twickenham the following Saturday.

Scotland play their opening game at Kingsholm on Wednesday, 23 September before playing their next game four days later at Leeds United’s Elland Road.

The 13 venues were selected from a long list that was announced in October 2012.

Sandy Park and the Etihad Stadium were added to the list after Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium was withdrawn.

Five other football stadiums were also omitted – Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, St Mary’s in Southampton, Bristol City’s Ashton Gate, Derby’s Pride Park and the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

The tournament’s organisers, England Rugby 2015, must sell 2.9 million tickets to cover the £80m guarantee owed to the International Rugby Board.

Twelve teams have qualified for the finals – Australia, England and Wales in Pool A, South Africa, Samoa and Scotland in Pool B, New Zealand, Argentina and Tonga in Pool C and France, Ireland and Italy in Pool D.

Each pool will be made up of five teams, meaning there are eight places to be filled via a series of qualifying matches which will be concluded in 2014.


Rugby World Cup 2015 Venues

Twickenham – 81,605 (London)
Wembley – 90,256 (London)
Olympic Stadium – 54,000 (London)
Millennium Stadium – 74,154 (Cardiff)
Etihad Stadium – 47,800 (Manchester)
St James’ Park – 52,409 (Newcastle)
Elland Road – 37,914 (Leeds)
King Power Stadium – 32,312 (Leicester)
Villa Park – 42,785 (Birmingham)
Kingsholm – 16,115 (Gloucester)
Stadium MK – 30,717 (Milton Keynes)
Amex Stadium – 30,750 (Brighton)
Sandy Park – 12,300 (Exeter)


Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools



Rugby World Cup 2015 Fixtures

Pool A

Fri 18 Sep – England v Oceania 1 (Twickenham)
Sun 20 Sep – Wales v Play-off winner (Cardiff)
Wed 23 Sep – Australia v Oceania 1 (Cardiff)
Sat 26 Sep – England v Australia (Twickenham)
Sun 27 Sep – Australia v Play-off winner (Villa Park)
Thu 1 Oct – Wales v Oceania 1 (Cardiff)
Sat 3 Oct – England v Australia (Twickenham)
Tue 6 Oct – Play-off winner v Oceania 1 (Milton Keynes)
Sat 10 Oct – Australia v Wales (Twickenham)
Sat 10 Oct – England v Play-off winner (Manchester)

Pool B

Sat 19 Sep – South Africa v Asia 1 (Brighton)
Sun 20 Sep – Samia v Americas 2 (Brighton)
Wed 23 Sep – Scotland v Asia 1 (Gloucester)
Sat 26 Sep – South Africa v Samoa (Birmingham)
Sun 27 Sep – Scotland v Americas 2 (Leeds)
Sat 3 Oct – Samoa v Asia 1 (Milton Keynes)
Sat 3 Oct – South Africa v Scotland (Newcastle)
Wed 7 Oct – South Africa v Americas 2 (Olympic Stadium)
Sat 10 Oct – Samoa v Scotland (Newcastle)
Sun 11 Oct – Americas 2 v Asia 1 (Gloucester)

Pool C

Sat 19 Sep – Tonga v Europe 1 (Gloucester)
Sun 20 Sep – New Zealand v Argentina (Wembley)
Thu 24 Sep – New Zealand v Africa 1 (Olympic Stadium)
Fri 25 Sep – Argentina v Europe 1 (Gloucester)
Tue 29 Sep – Tonga v Africa 1 (Exeter)
Fri 2 Oct – New Zealand v Europe 1 (Cardiff)
Sun 4 Oct – Argentina v Tonga (Leicester)
Wed 7 Oct – Africa 1 v Europe 1 (Exeter)
Fri 9 Oct – New Zealand v Tonga (Newcastle)
Sun 11 Oct – Argentina v Africa 1 (Leicester)

Pool D

Sat 19 Sep – Ireland v Americas 1 (Cardiff)
Sat 19 Sep – France v Italy (Twickenham)
Wed 23 Sep – France v Europe 2 (Olympic Stadium)
Sat 26 Sep – Italy v Americas 1 (Leeds)
Sun 27 Sep – Ireland v Europe 2 (Wembley Stadium)
Thu 1 Oct – France v Americas 1 (Milton Keynes)
Sun 4 Oct – Ireland v Italy (Olympic Stadium)
Tue 6 Oct – Americas 1 Europe 2 (Leicester)
Sun 11 Oct – Italy v Europe 2 ( Exeter)
Sun 11 Oct – France v Ireland (Cardiff)


Sat 17 Oct – Winner C v Second D (Cardiff)
Sat 17 Oct – Winner B v Second A (Twickenham)
Sun 18 Oct – Winner D v Second C (Cardiff)
Sun 18 Oct – Winner A v Second B (Twickenham)


Sat 24 Oct – Winner C/Second D v Winner B/Second A (Twickenham)
Sun 25 Oct – Winner D /Second C v Winner A/Second B (Twickenham)


Fri 30 Oct – Bronze medal match (Olympic Stadium)
Sat 31 Oct – Final (Twickenham)

2 Responses to Rugby World Cup 2015: Venues and fixtures announced

  • 1

    Newcastle is a stones throw from my pad. Anyone needing a place to crash….
    The train station is also just 10 minutes away!

  • 2

    1 @ Just For Kicks:
    Yeah you lucky man, as you can see from the list Scotland play Samoa in Newcastle too so thats two games right on your doorstep, I wasn’t happy with England for not letting any games come up to Murrayfield, but don’t want to miss out so at least this is something of a midway compromise for me. You may find loads of folk here taking you up on your offer and you have quite a house full, my better half will most certainly also want to go to the game as well. Approve


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