Wayne’s world

From rugby’s tra­di­tonal strongholds to grounds host­ing the sport for the first time, here is where the drama will be played out

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Daniel Schofield meets ref­eree Wayne Barnes for the in­side track on the men with the whis­tles

LE­ICES­TER CITY STA­DIUM

The home of the city’s foot­ball club was a con­tro­ver­sial choice ahead of Le­ices­ter Tigers’ ground Welford Road. Ca­pac­ity 32,312 Rugby his­tory The Tigers have played six matches here in­clud­ing two Euro­pean Cup semi-fi­nals. Matches 3 Fan park Vic­to­ria Park, ca­pac­ity 5,000

BRIGHTON COM­MU­NITY STA­DIUM

One of the new­est venues, the home of Brighton and Hove Al­bion opened in July 2011 and cost £93mil­lion to build. Ca­pac­ity 30,750 Rugby his­tory Never staged any rugby in its short his­tory. Matches 2 Fan park Madeira Drive, ca­pac­ity 10,000

STA­DIUM MK, MIL­TON KEYNES

Home of MK Dons FC, the town is not known as a rugby hot­bed - yet. Ca­pac­ity 30,717 Rugby his­tory Has staged oc­ca­sional Sara­cens and Northamp­ton games, in­clud­ing 2011 vic­to­ries for the Saints in the quar­ter and semi-fi­nals of the Heineken Cup. Matches 3 Fan park Camp­bell Park, ca­pac­ity 5,000

VILLA PARK

The home of As­ton Villa is one of the most recog­nis­able sta­di­ums in English foot­ball and the venue for 55 FA Cup semi-fi­nals. Ca­pac­ity 42,785 Rugby his­tory New Zealand tour­ing sides played here in 1924 and 1953, although has not hosted rugby for 60 years. Matches 2 Fan park East­side Park, ca­pac­ity 8,000

TWICK­EN­HAM, LON­DON

The world’s largest ded­i­cated rugby union sta­dium and the home of the sport will host both semi-fi­nals and the fi­nal. Ca­pac­ity 81,605 Rugby his­tory Vast - staged the 1991 Rugby World Cup fi­nal and 1999 semi-fi­nals. 2015 Matches 10 Fan park Old Deer Park, Rich­mond, ca­pac­ity 10,000

MIL­LEN­NIUM STA­DIUM, CARDIFF

In only 15 years, the city-cen­tre sta­dium has es­tab­lished it­self as one of the most recog­nis­able in­ter­na­tional venues. Ca­pac­ity 74,154 Rugby his­tory Ex­ten­sive, in­clud­ing Six Na­tions games and the 1999 Rugby World Cup fi­nal and a 2007 quar­ter-fi­nal. Matches 8 Fan park Cardiff Arms Park, ca­pac­ity 5,000

OLYMPIC STA­DIUM, LON­DON

Fresh from re­de­vel­op­ment af­ter the Olympic Games, the Strat­ford sta­dium is hop­ing to rekin­dle the spirit of Lon­don 2012. Ca­pac­ity 54,000 Rugby his­tory Never staged rugby be­fore an ac­ci­dent prone test event last month. Matches 5 Fan park Queen El­iz­a­beth Olympic Park, ca­pac­ity 10,000

MANCH­ESTER CITY STA­DIUM

The Eti­had, home of Manch­ester City, will host just one game – Eng­land’s fi­nal pool match against Uruguay. Ca­pac­ity 47,800 Rugby his­tory It staged rugby sevens at the 2002 Com­mon­wealth Games, which it was built to host. Matches 1 Fan park Al­bert Square, ca­pac­ity 8,000

EL­LAND ROAD, LEEDS

The home of Leeds United will be the host for two matches over one week­end. Ca­pac­ity 37,914 Rugby his­tory Staged just one match - be­tween a North of Eng­land XV and South Africa, just back from their in­ter­na­tional ban, in 1992. Matches 2 Fan park Mil­len­nium Square, ca­pac­ity 5,000

ST JAMES’ PARK, NEW­CAS­TLE

One of Eng­land’s most pas­sion­ate sport­ing cities, although the No9s that New­cas­tle fans wor­ship tend to be cen­tre­for­wards rather than scrum-halves. Ca­pac­ity 52,000 Rugby his­tory None. This tour­na­ment will be its top-flight rugby de­but. Matches 3 Fan park Sci­ence Cen­tral, ca­pac­ity 10,000

SANDY PARK, EX­ETER

Ex­eter Chiefs only won pro­mo­tion to English club rugby’s top flight in 2010, but Sandy Park has quickly be­come a pop­u­lar and at­mo­spheric venue. Ca­pac­ity 12,000 Rugby his­tory Other than the Chiefs, it has been an oc­ca­sional venue for Eng­land Sax­ons. Matches 3 Fan park North­ern­hay Gar­dens, ca­pac­ity 5,000

WEM­B­LEY STA­DIUM, LON­DON

The im­pres­sive arena al­ready boasts the world record at­ten­dance for a club rugby match. Ca­pac­ity 90,000 Rugby his­tory Wem­b­ley has been fre­quently used by Sara­cens to stage show­piece Euro­pean and do­mes­tic matches in front of vast crowds. Matches 2 Fan park Wem­b­ley Park, ca­pac­ity 15,000

KING­SHOLM, GLOUCES­TER

The old-school rugby ground is one of the coun­try’s most in­tense and nois­i­est venues. Ca­pac­ity 16,500 Rugby his­tory Staged its first in­ter­na­tional in 1900 and its next 91 years later, when it hosted the All Blacks for a game dur­ing the World Cup. Matches 4 Fan park Glouces­ter Docks, ca­pac­ity 5,000

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