Three grounds that wanted to host World Cup
Two that made it
Gloucester’s home was part of England’s original winning bid for the tournament back in 2009, and is one of the most iconic rugby grounds in Britain. Despite a capacity of only 16,500, it is famed for its atmosphere, especially in the famous Shed (above).
Sandy Park, Exeter
It was guaranteed to be selected after Bristol’s Ashton Gate withdrew from the long list of venues, because of the commitment of organisers to taking the tournament to all corners of the country. The World Cup’s smallest venue at 12,500 capacity, but with huge potential for expansion.
... and one that didn’t
Welford Road, Leicester
The Tigers’ ground staged matches during the 1991 World Cup, and looked certain to do so again after being part of England’s winning bid. But it fell foul of changes to regulations about pitch sizes to safeguard the welfare of players.