Manchester City news

Etihad to host 2015 England rugby clash

May 2, 2013
By ESPN staff

Eight football stadia will host matches in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, organisers have announced, with England playing their final pool stage game at Manchester City.

Manchester City stadium stands Etihad flare
PA PhotosManchester City will play hosts to the England rugby team

Wembley, Newcastle's St James' Park, City's Etihad Stadium, Villa Park, Leeds United's Elland Road, Brighton's Amex Stadium, Leicester's King Power Stadium and MK Dons' stadium:mk are among 13 venues being used for the tournament.

The final list includes four rugby strongholds - Twickenham, the Millennium Stadium, Gloucester's Kingsholm and Exeter Chiefs' Sandy Park.

And the Olympic Stadium, set to become West Ham's future home, will host five games including the bronze medal final.

England coach Stuart Lancaster said: "We always get terrific support at Twickenham, so we're looking forward to the three big games there as well as playing at the Manchester City stadium.

"Taking England to the north is something we'll relish. It's an area that's full of passion and pride, with huge numbers of people playing and involved in the game, and I know we'll get great support."