WEMBLEY and the Olympic Stadium are among three London venues on the longlist for use when England hosts the Rugby World Cup in 2015.
Twickenham is the other on the 17-strong list, which will be cut to 12 and controversially does not include Welford Road, the home of Leicester Tigers. Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium is one of just three specialist rugby arenas, along with Gloucester’s Kingsholm and Twickenham. Leicester is represented by the city’s football ground, a decision Tigers chairman Peter Tom called “disappointing and confusing”.
2015 VENUES LONGLIST
Villa Park, Birmingham; Brighton Community Stadium; Ashton Gate, Bristol; Millennium Stadium, Cardiff; Coventry Stadium; Pride Park, Derby; Kingsholm, Gloucester; Elland Road, Leeds; Leicester City Stadium; Olympic Stadium, Twickenham, Wembley Stadium, all London; Old Trafford, Manchester; StadiumMK, Milton Keynes; St James’ Park, Newcastle; St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton; Stadium of Light, Sunderland