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15 Sep

The Rugby World Cup 2015 Comes To The UK

England And Wales Play Host To The 2015 Rugby World Cup


September 18th sees the start of the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the six-week spectacle looks set to be one of the best tournaments yet. Thirteen venues across England and Wales play host to the 20 teams who will be taking part in this, the eighth quadrennial championship. 48 games will be played over 44 days, with the final being held at the home of English rugby, Twickenham, on 31st October 2015.

The Venues

The English venues for the matches are spread the length of the country, from Brighton in the south right up to Newcastle in the north, while Wales will use the ever-impressive Millennium Stadium in Cardiff to host some of the games too.

London plays a key role in the tournament with a whopping 17 matches being held in the capital over the six-week span of the championship. The full list of venues is as follows:


  • Twickenham
  • Wembley Stadium
  • Millennium Stadium
  • Manchester City Stadium
  • Olympic Stadium
  • St James’ Park
  • Villa Park
  • Elland Road
  • Leicester City Stadium
  • Kingsholm Stadium
  • Sandy Park
  • Stadium MK
  • Brighton Community Stadium


The Teams

Out of the 20 teams taking part in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, only one change from the 2011 line up can be found, with Uruguay replacing Russia. Qualification was determined by allowing the top three of each pool from the previous World Cup to take their spot in 2015, and the remaining places were decided by regional competitions. England gained automatic qualification as hosts.



The excitement surrounding the championship has seen tickets in hot demand. However, thanks to the vast amount of games and the spread of venues across England and Wales, there are still plenty of tickets available to those who wish to witness Rugby’s elite go up against each other.

The ballot for tickets has now closed, but the official ticketing website will ensure that you get the best of the remaining seats without paying over the odds for them. At the time of writing, all 13 venues have tickets remaining, but not for all of the matches.

However, there are still opportunities to get your hands on tickets for specific games from a number of reputable outlets. Using the official checker prior to booking to make sure that your ticket supplier is one of them approved providers is strongly advised for all ticket purchases.



Thanks to the United Kingdom’s public transport system, getting to and from games should prove to be a piece of cake for spectators, regardless of which game they are attending. All of the selected venues have excellent transport links and full details of each can be found on their websites.

Should you be an annual policyholder with Avanti, and you have two or more nights pre-booked in a UK location, you will be covered by our cancellation and personal property clauses; giving you great peace of mind, allowing you to concentrate on the rugby itself.

All in all it looks set to be a real festival of rugby over the coming weeks until the culmination of the championship at Twickenham on the 31st October.


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