IRB Confirm Millennium Stadium to Host 2015 RWC
May 25, 2011
The International Rugby Board (IRB) have confirmed that the Millennium Stadium in Wales will host Rugby World Cup 2015 matches after its Council ruled that the iconic venue is strategically important to the hosting of the tournament.
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) had recommended its use, viagra highlighting that the location in Cardiff was strategically important in making the tournament more accessible to fans from English Rugby strongholds in the South West such as Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire and Somerset.
IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “The Millennium Stadium is one of the world’s iconic sporting venues with a rich pedigree in hosting major sports events, including matches at Rugby World Cup 1999 and Rugby World Cup 2007.
“The venue is ideally positioned as a gateway to the tournament for fans from Wales and the South West and I am sure that it will add another exciting dimension for fans attending Rugby World Cup 2015.”
Paul Vaughan, Chief Executive of Tournament Organiser England Rugby 2015, stated: “We are determined that Rugby World Cup 2015 will be the best tournament ever and to do that we want the best stadia available. Our commitment is to sell three million tickets at iconic and accessible venues. We are delighted that the IRB have listened to our case and that the Millennium Stadium can now be included in our planning for this global event.”
Welsh Rugby Union Chairman David Pickering added: “I am delighted for Wales and for Welsh Rugby that this decision has now been confirmed. I want to thank my colleagues on the IRB Council and the RFU for recognising the benefit of playing Rugby World Cup 2015 matches across the border in Wales.”