England say no to World Cup clash with Wales in Cardiff

RUGBY Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie has rejected the proposal that England’s crunch 2015 Rugby World Cup pool match against Wales should be played in Cardiff.

England are the host nation of the tournament but the RFU’s bid included the prospect of the Millennium Stadium being used for up to eight matches, including two quarter-finals.

England and Wales were drawn together alongside Australia in the World Cup’s pool of death, with the likelihood of them being joined by Fiji as Oceania qualifiers.

Immediately after the draw, Welsh Rugby Union boss Roger Lewis suggested Wales should play England at the Millennium Stadium because “it is the finest rugby stadium in the world.”

Ritchie’s response to the WRU was a polite thank you but no thank you – and that is the message he will take to the board of England Rugby 2015, who will make the final decision on venues.

“We have a very nice home of our own and I would hope very much we would contemplate playing the match here,” said Ritchie, who is overseeing a £76million upgrade of Twickenham stadium.

“With our modest little stadium here at Twickenham, with the further investment we might be able to make it into a decent spot to play rugby.

“We equally believe we are very good hosts here and that we could hold a decent game here and would very much want to do that. Shock, horror and astonishment that I would suggest that!

“We will not get a better opportunity to inspire people to play rugby, be volunteers and participate in rugby.

“We are putting the building blocks in place to make sure we can take the most advantage of having the World Cup.”

The final decision on fixture dates and tournament venues will be made by tournament organisers England Rugby 2015, of which Ritchie is a board member, by the end of March. There are currently 17 potential venues.

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5:03pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Regionalist says...

Blimey, I didn't see that one coming. I'd have thought they'd have bitten our hands off to stage their most important game in our soul-less Millstone Stadium amongst the cowboy hats and the vuvuzelas.
Blimey, I didn't see that one coming. I'd have thought they'd have bitten our hands off to stage their most important game in our soul-less Millstone Stadium amongst the cowboy hats and the vuvuzelas. Regionalist

5:52pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Robert Shillabeer says...

England have no say in the matter, they don't plan where anyone play that's down to the IRB organising committee. Perhaps they will play it in Edinburgh or possibly Manchester or some other soccer ground!
England have no say in the matter, they don't plan where anyone play that's down to the IRB organising committee. Perhaps they will play it in Edinburgh or possibly Manchester or some other soccer ground! Robert Shillabeer

9:25pm Tue 4 Dec 12

arvinda strop says...

Well there goes plan A to win the world cup Rog will have to come up with a good reason when we go out in round one.
excuse 1 rob howley sack for not getting the team in the right frame of mind.
excuse 2 gatland was at fault accepting the lions coaching role.
Result Rog. in for another 5 years with a big fat raise and a bonus for sorting out the mess that the wru and regional coaches have got us into.
Well there goes plan A to win the world cup Rog will have to come up with a good reason when we go out in round one. excuse 1 rob howley sack for not getting the team in the right frame of mind. excuse 2 gatland was at fault accepting the lions coaching role. Result Rog. in for another 5 years with a big fat raise and a bonus for sorting out the mess that the wru and regional coaches have got us into. arvinda strop

11:18pm Tue 4 Dec 12

dalesman1666 says...

You can see why rog is getting a massive salary from the union,That was his plan B. The new run out song for the national team next year should be exodus (bob marley) What a shambles.
the english are creasing with laughter.
You can see why rog is getting a massive salary from the union,That was his plan B. The new run out song for the national team next year should be exodus (bob marley) What a shambles. the english are creasing with laughter. dalesman1666

12:52am Wed 5 Dec 12

Robert Shillabeer says...

All this doom and gloom two days after the draw and almost three years before the competition! I dread to think what the doom and gloom merchants will come up with in the interim, perhaps they will just commit suicide because they seem to have written Wales off from day one. Tough yes impossible no not yet by a long way.
All this doom and gloom two days after the draw and almost three years before the competition! I dread to think what the doom and gloom merchants will come up with in the interim, perhaps they will just commit suicide because they seem to have written Wales off from day one. Tough yes impossible no not yet by a long way. Robert Shillabeer

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