KING­SHOLM STA­DIUM GLOUCES­TER

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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.

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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.

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