- Iconic venue to provide maximise access for supporters to RWC 2015
- Stadium will provide the gateway to Rugby strongholds in the West and South West of England
- Third Rugby World Cup tournament for the Millennium Stadium
The Millennium Stadium in Wales will host Rugby World Cup 2015 matches after the International Rugby Board Council ruled that the iconic venue is strategically important to the hosting of the tournament.
The Rugby Football Union had recommended its use, highlighting that the location in Cardiff was strategically important in making the tournament more accessible to fans from English Rugby strongholds in the South West such as Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire and Somerset. With a capacity of 74,500 it also means more fans can experience Rugby’s showpiece event.
International Rugby Board Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “The Millennium Stadium is one of the world’s iconic sporting venues with a rich pedigree in hosting major sports events, including matches at Rugby World Cup 1999 and Rugby World Cup 2007.”
“The venue is ideally positioned as a gateway to the tournament for fans from Wales and the South West and I am sure that it will add another exciting dimension for fans attending Rugby World Cup 2015.”
Paul Vaughan, Chief Executive of Tournament Organiser England Rugby 2015, said: “We are determined that Rugby World Cup 2015 will be the best tournament ever and to do that we want the best stadia available. Our commitment is to sell three million tickets at iconic and accessible venues. We are delighted that the IRB have listened to our case and that the Millennium Stadium can now be included in our planning for this global event.”
Welsh Rugby Union Chairman David Pickering said: “I am delighted for Wales and for Welsh Rugby that this decision has now been confirmed. I want to thank my colleagues on the IRB Council and the RFU for recognising the benefit of playing Rugby World Cup 2015 matches across the border in Wales.”
“Cardiff is extremely accessible by road, rail and air while the city centre location of the Millennium Stadium is now firmly established as a huge benefit for visiting fans. The Rugby World Cup is now one of the greatest tournaments on the sporting calendar and Wales can be proud to be playing a pivotal role in its delivery.”
With a little over four years to go until England hosts RWC 2015, the foundations for delivery of Rugby’s showcase event are already well established with England Rugby 2015 and Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) collaborating to develop the detailed strategic and master plans that will guide the delivery of the tournament.
Further announcements regarding the Rugby World Cup 2015 match schedule and match venues will take place in due course.