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King Power Stadium to be rugby World Cup 2015 venue

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Leicester City's King Power Stadium will host three matches in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. City's ground is one of 13 stadia selected to stage matches during the tournament in England in two years' time. It will host Argentina v Tonga in Pool C on October 4, Argentina v Africa 1 in Pool C on October 11 and Americas 1 v Europe 2 in Pool D on October 6. Exeter's Sandy Park and Gloucester's Kingsholm are the only exclusively club-rugby grounds chosen compared with eight football stadiums: Wembley Stadium, Villa Park (Aston Villa), Amex Stadium (Brighton), Elland Road (Leeds), King Power Stadium, Etihad (Man City), Stadium mk (MK Dons) & St James' Park (Newcastle). Only Twickenham (10), the Millennium Stadium (8), the Olympic Stadium (5) and Kingsholm (4) will stage more games than City. King Power Stadium, which holds 32,312, was chosen ahead of Welford Road, the home of Leicester Tigers, which was not included on the shortlist of potential stadia after being told their pitch was too small despite having the largest capacity of all the club rugby grounds in the country (24,000).

King Power Stadium to be rugby World Cup 2015 venue


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