KINGSHOLM STADIUM GLOUCESTER
CAPACITY: 16,500 NORMAL USE: Home of Gloucester Rugby Club POPULATION OF GLOUCESTER: 109,000 GLOUCESTER IS FAMOUS FOR..? Being a stone’s throw from the lovely town of Cheltenham which hosts world famous horse races.
TONGA V GEORGIA // SCOTLAND V JAPAN // ARGENTINA V GEORGIA // USA V JAPAN
The World Cup organisers were keen to drive ticket sales as high as they could by using football stadiums wherever possible. That has seen them give hosting rights to venues that have never hosted rugby in cities that have little affection for the game. Gloucester is entirely different: it is rugby to the core and had to be included as the antidote. Everyone who has played at Kingsholm knows it is an intense ground where the crowd can just about touch the players. It is steeped in history, too. Kingsholm hosted its first test in 1900, when Billy Bancroft led Wales to a 13-3 victory over England. It didn’t host another international for 91 years and when it did, 12,000 fans watched world champions New Zealand score eight tries as they cruised past the USA 46-6 in RWC 1991.