When Rugby World Cup 2015 comes to England, the excitement in the air will be palpable. There are a number of venues around the capital to check out the action, including Wembley and Twickenham. But perhaps the most spectacular is the Olympic Stadium.
Situated in Stratford, just 6.5 miles from the centre of London and just six minutes from Kings Cross, and built especially for the London 2012 games, the stadium’s birth of the couldn’t have been any more spectacular, as the eyes of the world marvelled at Danny Boyle’s incredible opening ceremony, complete with HRH the Queen parachuting in! The centrepiece of a newly constructed village, the Olympic Stadium hosted some of the most memorable events in sports history.
Now, gearing up for its eighth tournament, Rugby World Cup 2015 road show will roll into a selection of England’s finest stadiums later this year. The inaugural competition, won by hosts New Zealand in 1987, featured 16 nations. This time around, 20 countries will compete for the Webb Ellis Cup in some of England’s finest sporting arenas. In the capital, Wembley can look forward to playing an integral part in the festivities. Famous as the home of English football, rugby fans will get the chance to walk down the iconic Wembley Way, evoking countless memories of the incredible football matches played there since its construction in 1923; the 1966 World Cup win, Euro 96, and scores of memorable FA Cup finals. Refurbished in 2007, this stunning venue normally hosts English club rugby.
No mention of rugby in England is complete without a sideways pass towards Twickenham. Situated in Richmond-upon-Thames, southwest of London’s centre, it is the world’s largest stadium devoted purely to rugby. The capacity of 82,000 makes it the second biggest sports venue in the United Kingdom. Other key centres of action are in Manchester, at the Etihad Stadium, Brighton (American Express Community Stadium), the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, and St James’ Park in Newcastle. It will truly be a feast of rugby—right here in England.