Bristol City's Ashton Gate ground in line for Rugby World Cup matches
BRISTOL City's Ashton Gate stadium will host Rugby World Cup matches in 2015, according to a report in a national Sunday newspaper.
Yesterday's Sunday Times reported that Ashton Gate will, later this month, be confirmed as one of 12 venues for the World Cup.
The report suggested Ashton Gate - which is likely to be Bristol Rugby's home by then – will host three matches in the group stage of the tournament.
Nine football grounds are among the reported World Cup venues, with Gloucester's Kingsholm stadium the only other West-based venue.
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If Bristol City are unable to build a stadium at Ashton Vale, they will redevelop Ashton Gate at a cost of £40 million. It is unclear how any commitment to hosting World Cup matches would affect the proposed redevelopment of Ashton Gate.
The report claimed the 12 venues are decided but stated that, should the Olympic Stadium become available for use, it will be added to the list.
In addition to Ashton Gate, the stadiums reported to have been chosen to host matches are: Twickenham, Wembley, Millennium Stadium, Old Trafford, Kingsholm, St James' Park in Newcastle, Elland Road in Leeds, Amex Stadium in Brighton, Villa Park in Birmingham or Ricoh Arena in Coventry, King Power Stadium in Leicester and Stadium mk.