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St James' Park could host Rugby World Cup 2015
Evening Chronicle, October 9th 2012



TOON fans at St James’ Park may have to swap chants of Blaydon Races for the Flower of Scotland, if the city hosts Rugby World Cup games. Both the Newcastle United ground and Sunderland’s Stadium of Light have now made the 17-strong long-list of potential tournament venues, and sources close to the organisers told the Chronicle that should matches be held in the region, it would likely mean an invasion by the Tartan Army.

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes said: “I am delighted that Newcastle has made the long list of venues to host the Rugby World Cup 2015, as shown with the Olympic football, the City Council and its partners can deliver world-class events which put the city on an international stage and bring huge benefits to businesses, residents and visitors. We would be delighted to be a part of the Rugby World Cup and look forward to the announcement of the shortlist.”

While good news for this region, the long-list of potential venues has proved controversial for only including one club rugby stadium, Gloucester’s Kingsholm.


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Scotland v South Africa Sat 3rd October
New Zealand v Tonga Fri 9th October
Scotland v Samoa Sat 10th Oct
 

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Newcastle to host three matches in the 2015
Rugby World Cup at St James' Park

The Chronicle, 2nd May 2013



The City’s St James’ Park stadium will play host to Scotland v. South Africa on October 3rd, 2015, followed by New Zealand against Tonga on October 9th and Samoa v. Scotland on October 10th

City bosses will be hoping the games recreate some of the excitement and revenue generation that came with last year’s Olympic football matches and the European Football Championship (Euro 96) in 1996.

The 13 match venues and host cities also include the Olympic Stadium and Wembley Stadium in London, and Elland Road in Leeds.

Minister for Sport and Tourism, Hugh Robertson said: "The Rugby World Cup in 2015 is another great global sports event coming to the UK".


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Newcastle - The 2015 Rugby World Cup at St James' Park

The match schedule has now been released for the 2015 Rugby World Cup:

Fri 18 Sep - England v Oceania 1, Pool A, Twickenham Stadium
Sat 19 Sep - South Africa v Asia 1, Pool B, Brighton Community Stadium
Sat 19 Sep - Tonga v Europe 1, Pool C, Kingsholm
Sat 19 Sep - France v Italy, Pool D, Twickenham Stadium
Sun 19 Sep - Ireland v Americas 1, Pool D, Millennium Stadium
Sun 20 Sep - Wales v Play Off Winner, Pool A, Millennium Stadium
Sun 20 Sep - Samoa v Americas 2, Pool B, Brighton Community Stadium
Sun 20 Sep - New Zealand v Argentina, Pool C, Wembley Stadium
Wed 23 Sep - Australia v Oceania 1, Pool A, Millennium Stadium
Wed 23 Sep - Scotland v Asia 1, Pool B, Kingsholm
Wed 23 Sep - France v Europe 2, Pool D, Olympic Stadium
Tue 24 Sep - New Zealand v Africa 1, Pool C, Olympic Stadium
Fri 25 Sep - Argentina v Europe 1, Pool C, Kingsholm
Sat 26 Sep - England v Wales, Pool A, Twickenham Stadium
Sat 26 Sep - South Africa v Samoa, Pool B, Villa Park
Sat 26 Sep - Italy v Americas 1, Pool D, Elland Road
Sun 27 Sep - Australia v Play Off Winner, Pool A, Villa Park
Sun 27 Sep - Scotland v Americas 2, Pool B, Elland Road
Sun 27 Sep - Ireland v Europe 2, Pool D, Wembley Stadium
Tue 29 Sep - Tonga v Africa 1, Pool C, Sandy Park
Thu 01 Oct - Wales v Oceania 1, Pool A, Millennium Stadium
Thu 01 Oct - France v Americas 1, Pool D, Stadiummk
Fri 02 Oct - New Zealand v Europe 1, Pool C, Millennium Stadium
Sat 03 Oct - England v Australia, Pool A, Twickenham Stadium
Sat 03 Oct - Samoa v Asia 1, Pool B, Stadiummk
Sat 03 Oct - South Africa v Scotland, Pool B, St James Park
Sun 04 Oct - Argentina v Tonga, Pool C, Leicester City Stadium
Sun 04 Oct - Ireland v Italy, Pool D, Olympic Stadium
Tue 06 Oct - Oceania 1 v Play Off Winner, Pool A, Stadiummk
Tue 06 Oct - Americas 1 v Europe 2, Pool D, Leicester City Stadium
Wed 07 Oct - South Africa v Americas 2, Pool B, Olympic Stadium
Wed 07 Oct - Africa 1 v Europe 1, Pool C, Sandy Park
Fri 09 Oct - New Zealand v Tonga, Pool C, St James Park
Sat 10 Oct - Australia v Wales, Pool A, Twickenham Stadium
Sat 10 Oct - England v Play Off Winner, Pool A, City of Manchester Stadium
Sat 10 Oct - Samoa v Scotland, Pool B, St James Park
Sun 11 Oct - Americas 2 v Asia 1, Pool B, Kingsholm
Sun 11 Oct - Argentina v Africa 1, Pool C, Leicester City Stadium
Sun 11 Oct - France v Ireland, Pool D, Millennium Stadium
Sun 11 Oct - Italy v Europe 2, Pool D, Sandy Park

Sat 17 Oct - Winner Pool C v Runner-up Pool D, Millennium Stadium
Sat 17 Oct - Winner Pool B v Runner-up Pool A, Twickenham Stadium
Sun 18 Oct - Winner Pool D v Runner-up Pool C, Millennium Stadium
Sun 18 Oct - Winner Pool A v Runner-up Pool B, Twickenham Stadium

Sat 24 Oct - Semi-final, Twickenham Stadium
Sun 25 Oct - Semi-final, Twickenham Stadium

Fri 30 Oct - Bronze final, Olympic Stadium
Sat 31 Oct - Rugby World Cup Final, Twickenham Stadium
 

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Newcastle to host Rugby World Cup 2015

Courtesy of the Newcastle City Council web site @ http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/news-story/newcastle-host-rugby-world-cup-2015

Newcastle to host Rugby World Cup 2015

Published date: Thu, 02/05/2013 - 09:45

Newcastle will welcome the world to its doorstep once again by playing a starring role in the Rugby World Cup 2015, as host city.

Following the roaring success of the Olympic football competition last summer, Newcastle will join the world’s great sporting cities by staging three matches of the famous Webb Ellis Cup at St James’ Park in October 2015.

Two of rugby’s great superpowers – defending champions, the all-conquering New Zealand All Blacks - will join mighty double World Cup winners South Africa in group matches in the city.

They will be joined by former World Cup semi-finalists Scotland and the formidable South Sea Islanders Tonga and Samoa in three mouth watering clashes:

South Africa v Scotland - 3 October
New Zealand v Tonga - 9 October
Samoa v Scotland - 10 October

The 13 Match Venues and Host Cities selected are: Twickenham Stadium (London), Wembley Stadium (London), Olympic Stadium (London), Millennium Stadium (Cardiff), Manchester City Stadium (Manchester), St James’ Park (Newcastle), Elland Road (Leeds), Leicester City Stadium (Leicester), Villa Park (Birmingham), Kingsholm Stadium (Gloucester), stadiummk (Milton Keynes), Brighton Community Stadium (Brighton) and Sandy Park (Exeter).

A press conference at Twickenham will launch the vision, match venues and match schedules for host nation England with simultaneous launches throughout the country.

Newcastle will stage a photo opportunity and launch at St James Park on Thursday 2 May at Noon. Present will be:

Dean Richards, Director of Rugby at Newcastle Falcons
Assorted Falcons players
Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council
Stephen Savage, Newcastle City Council, Director RWC 2015 team

Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council, said: “This is a thrilling opportunity for the city to recreate the joyous, carnival spirit of the Olympics and be part of one of sport's great spectacles as we once again prove we can play host to the biggest and best tournaments in the global sporting calendar.

“It is also a chance to demonstrate to a worldwide audience all that is best about our city: our love of sport, our beautiful historic buildings, streets and attractions and the warmth and generosity of our welcome.”

The Tournament will open at Twickenham Stadium on Friday September 18, 2015, where England will face Oceania 1, confirmed at the close of the Qualification process in 2014. In addition to a selection of Pool games, Twickenham Stadium will also host two Quarter-Finals, the Semi-Finals and the Final on October 31. Two Quarter Finals will also be played in Cardiff at the Millennium Stadium and the Bronze Final will be hosted at the Olympic Stadium.

Taking the game to ten cities across the country enables England Rugby 2015 to showcase the game to a large audience across the length and breadth of the country. The Match Schedule will see 25 matches played in dedicated Rugby venues, seven in multi-event stadia and 16 in football venues. This blend of stadia will provide a variety of Rugby World Cup match day experiences and over two million opportunities for fans to engage with one of the world’s most recognisable major sports events.

The 13 Match Venues selected from the long list of 17 named in October 2012, plus Sandy Park added last month and the Manchester City Stadium which replaces Old Trafford, took into account geographical spread, sporting and facilities criteria, support from host cities, and capacity requirements to deliver the best possible platform for a fully engaging world class Tournament for fans and teams.

England Rugby 2015 also launched the vision for Rugby World Cup 2015 today outlining the Tournament as a celebration of Rugby and its unique values, exciting and inspiring our nation and the world to play and support the game.

England Rugby 2015 Chief Executive, Debbie Jevans, commented: “The world can now start planning for Rugby World Cup 2015. Today, we’ve brought the Tournament to life, announcing the Match Venues and the full Match Schedule. In less than two and a half years time, we will be welcoming the world to England and to a celebration of Rugby, played in a range of atmospheric stadiums right across the country. Rugby has so much to offer – and over the next two and a half years, we will be working hard with RWCL to deliver a Tournament which celebrates the unique values of Rugby and excites and inspires the nation and the world to play and support the game. The countdown to 2015 begins in earnest today and we look forward to welcoming the world to England in 2015.

“We are very grateful to all the cities and venues who have been part of the selection process for Rugby World Cup 2015. The support and interest shown by Coventry, Bristol, Derby, Southampton and Sunderland has been excellent and, whilst they have not been selected to host, we will continue to build upon the relationships forged throughout this process to ensure that these cities will still play a part in this truly nationwide tournament.”

View the match schedule poster (pdf, 58Kb)

View the match schedule tables (pdf, 1.7Mb)

Notes to Editors

Rugby World Cup 2015 Match Venues and Host Cities:

1. Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton & Hove – 30,750
2. Manchester City Stadium, Manchester – 47,800
3. Elland Road, Leeds – 37,914
4. Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester – 16,115
5. Leicester City Stadium, Leicester – 32,312
6. Millennium Stadium, Cardiff – 74,154
7. Olympic Stadium, London – 54,000
8. Sandy Park, Exeter – 12,300
9. Stadiummk, Milton Keynes – 30,717
10. St James’ Park, Newcastle- 52,409
11. Twickenham Stadium, London - 81,605
12. Villa Park, Birmingham – 42,785
13. Wembley Stadium, London – 90,256

Tickets:
Tickets for the 2015 Tournament will go on sale in 2014.

Media Enquiries:
All Rugby World Cup 2015 media enquiries, including venues related matter, should be made through the England Rugby 2015 press office using the contact details below.

Rights free images and footage of today’s announcement is available via [email protected] / 07921163782
 

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Too much of a southern bias - a week elapses before any games are played in the Midlands or the North. This seems a stupid oversight to me, even if you can't play any more games up there it would be good for the North to be involved from the start.

Too many games at the Millenium stadium, don't want to have a go at the Welsh, if they can persuade every WC played in Europe to use their stadium fair play to them, but would have been nice to see their semis go to English provincial stadiums.

Seems foolish to ignore Coventry, which has a decent modern stadium, and only have a few games in Birmingham, as Rugby is popular in the region (if not in the cities themselves).

On the positive side- Good to see Gloucester and Exeter being used, which makes the tournament more inclusive to club rugby and the South West.
 

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So, by region:

London/south east: 22 matches
South west/Cardiff/Gloucester: 15
Midlands: 5
North west/central: 3
North east: 3

So, England's World Cup nearly 80% south-biased. There are nearly as may games played in Wales (8) as there are north of Milton Keynes (11 games).

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Qualifying is going to be spread out over the next couple of years - the eight remaining teams should be known as follows:

Aug 2013 - Americas 1 (I predict Canada)
Nov 2013 - Americas 2 (I predict USA)
Apr 2014 - Europe 1 (I predict Georgia)
Apr 2014 - Europe 2 (I predict Russia)
May 2014 - Asia 1 (I predict Japan)
Jul 2014 - Africa 1 (this could see a team making its RWC debut - keep an eye on Uganda and Madagascar!)
??? 2014 - Oceania 1 (Fiji)
??? 2014 - Play-off winner (Portugal? Uruguay?)
 

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This is a quick comparison of the venues used in 2007 (with actual attendance superimposed) and 2015. In 2007 the total attendance was 2,263,223 out of a theoretical 2,477,270, and the theoretical maximum for 2015 is 2,584,860 (all capacities from Wikipedia - Exeter's could be over 12,000 by 2015).


 

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With American Samoa, Chile, New Caledonia, Niue, Slovenia, Tuvalu, the UAE, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna now eliminated, 36 teams remain in contention for the remaining eight places:


Africa (1 qualifying place, 1 play-off place):

Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe are still in contention.


Americas (2 qualifying places, 1 play-off place):

Canada, Uruguay and USA are still in contention.


Asia (1 qualifying place, 1 play-off place):

Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, South Korea and Sri Lanka are still in contention.


Europe (2 qualifying places, 1 play-off place):

Belgium, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the Ukraine are still in contention.


Oceania (1 qualifying place):

The Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Tahiti are still in contention.


Of these 36, 11 (Canada, Fiji, Georgia, Japan, Namibia, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Uruguay and the USA) have appeared in the Rugby World Cup before.
 

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After the announcement of ticket prices for the Rugby World Cup, may I suggest, splitting the failed World Cup 2018 bid and Rugby World Cup bid 2015 into seperate threads?

Not sure how much there will be to talk out when compared to the Olympic hosting but still going to be a major event for the City
 

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After the announcement of ticket prices for the Rugby World Cup, may I suggest, splitting the failed World Cup 2018 bid and Rugby World Cup bid 2015 into seperate threads?

Not sure how much there will be to talk out when compared to the Olympic hosting but still going to be a major event for the City

Yes, ok, I'll get it done in the next couple of days.

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OK, Here (WEF Sunday 23rd June 2013) is the requested "2015 Rugby World Cup at St James' Park" thread.

ALL the posts about this have been removed from the former shared thread with the (sadly failed) 'Football World Cup 2018' bid, and are now in this new thread.

SO . . .

Is there any new information to go on here, eg, ticket prices and/or ticket availability, etc?
 

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Information is coming out in dribs and drabs. There's yet to be an official 'ticketing supplier' appointed at the moment (most likely Ticketmaster)

The top priced ticket for the Final game will be £715 with the lowest for the final expected to be around £100

Games in the regions will see ticket prices as low as £7-£15 but middle priced ticket prices have been raised after Old Trafford withdrew, forcing a reduction in capacity from 2.8m to 2.6m. The average ticket price per game is expected to be £71 based on average capacities of 50,000.

Bear in mind, the week before you'll be able to see Newcastle United and the Falcons play for nearly a quarter of that price.

There will be 50 training bases in the country and applications are now under consideration. I believe Kingston Park and Gateshead have offered their services
 

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The Cook Islands won the Oceania Cup on Saturday, eliminating Papua New Guinea from qualification. Yesterday Madagascar won the 3rd/4th place match in the Africa Cup, eliminating Uganda.

29 teams remain in contention for 8 places:

Africa (1 qualifying place, 1 play-off place):

Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia and Zimbabwe are still in contention.


Americas (2 qualifying places, 1 play-off place):

Canada, Uruguay and USA are still in contention.


Asia (1 qualifying place, 1 play-off place):

Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, South Korea and Sri Lanka are still in contention.


Europe (2 qualifying places, 1 play-off place):

Belgium, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the Ukraine are still in contention.


Oceania (1 qualifying place):

The Cook Islands and Fiji are still in contention.


Of these 29, 11 (Canada, Fiji, Georgia, Japan, Namibia, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Uruguay and the USA) have appeared in the Rugby World Cup before.
 

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Possible qualifiers by area:

Africa 1: Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia or Zimbabwe
Americas 1: Canada
Americas 2: Uruguay or USA
Asia 1: Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, South Korea or Sri Lanka
Europe 1: Belgium, Georgia, Portugal, Romania, Russia or Spain
Europe 2: Belgium, Georgia, Portugal, Romania, Russia or Spain
Oceania 1: Cook Islands or Fiji
Repechage: Belgium, Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Moldova, Namibia, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA or Zimbabwe
 

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RFU launches Posts in the Parks to mark two years to go to RWC 2015

From Newcastle City Council's web site http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/news-story/rfu-launches-posts-parks-mark-two-years-go-rwc-2015

RFU launches Posts in the Parks to mark two years to go to RWC 2015
Published date: Wed, 18/09/2013 - 09:42

Former England fly-half Dave Walder will be leading the search for the next Jonny Wilkinson as he puts the kicking skills of local kids to the test to celebrate two-years-to-go to Newcastle playing host to Rugby World Cup 2015.

The Newcastle Falcons’ kicking coach and Falcons’ players will be putting the youngsters of Kenton School through their paces in Blakelaw Park at 10.30 on Wednesday 18 September.

Also in attendance will be Cllr David Stockdale, deputy cabinet member for public health, culture, leisure and libraries at Newcastle City Council, plus members of the Northumberland Development Team and the RFU.

The nationwide initiative is part of The Rugby Football Union (RFU) launch of its Posts in the Parks scheme.

Single rugby posts are being installed in parks in the 10 RWC2015 English host cities as visible symbols of the RFU’s commitment to broadening the appeal of rugby and to reaching out to new audiences and new areas.

From Newcastle to Exeter and from Birmingham to London, the specially designed posts will raise people’s awareness of rugby, to get the nation behind the tournament and help them feel a real connection to the sport in the build-up to RWC2015.

Councillor David Stockdale, deputy cabinet member for public health, culture, leisure and libraries at Newcastle City Council, said: “Rugby World Cup 2015 is a wonderful opportunity for the city to recreate the magical spirit of the Olympics and be part of one of global sport's great spectacles.

“It will inspire a new generation of children to take up rugby and make sport a part of their lives both competitively and for fun and show the world our love of sport and the warmth of our welcome.”

Launched last year, All Schools is a key part of the RFU’s Legacy plans, aiming to create a step-change in the number of secondary schools playing rugby union by supporting schools new to rugby over a three year period. It forms one of the RFU’s seven legacy strands of the Rugby World Cup 2015 to deliver the greatest participation legacy for the game.

From building capacity by getting more school children playing rugby to improving facilities in rugby clubs, to increasing the quantity and quality of coaches, or inspiring participation by encouraging players to return to the game, the RFU’s Lead up and Legacy plans are on track and making good progress.

Ian Ritchie, Chief Executive said: “When we launched our legacy vision last year, we talked about inspiring people and bringing rugby to more people across the country. Today marks an important step on that journey to get people thinking about the game and to make the most of the opportunities that hosting the Rugby World Cup brings.

“Over the past year we have put in place realistic plans and additional investment to ensure that we build a lasting legacy for the game. We want more people playing, coaching, refereeing and volunteering, watching and talking about rugby - and we are on our way to delivering that vision.”

Lawrence Dallaglio, who was a key member of England’s 2003 World Cup winning side and is an ambassador for England 2015 added: “Two years out from the tournament and we are already seeing the impact of Rugby World Cup 2015 being hosted in England. ‘Posts in the Parks’ is a great concept – to see 100 rugby posts going up in parks all across the country is a real opportunity to raise interest and awareness of the game. For the RFU to have a legacy programme in place now means that more people can have access to rugby – not only in the lead-up and during the tournament, but long afterwards.”
 
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