Three grounds that wanted to host World Cup

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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.

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