Bristol's Ashton Gate in the running to be Rugby World Cup 2015 venue
Bristol is in the running to host games during the Rugby World Cup in 2015.
Ashton Gate has made it to a longlist of 17 venues across England and Wales which was announced this morning.
The list will need to be whittled down to a total of 12 - which should be finalised by the spring.
The venues selected comprise some of sport’s most iconic stadia with the best facilities from 15 different cities across England and Wales.
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Confirmation comes after approval from the Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) Board and follows an extensive and thorough evaluation process, undertaken by England Rugby 2015 (ER 2015) in collaboration with tournament owners RWCL, host broadcaster ITV and commercial stakeholders.
The next stage in the venue selection process is for ER2015 to continue positive discussions with the venues in collaboration with their respective city councils, regional authorities and other stakeholders.
The World Cup is due to be played between September 18 and October 31, 2015.
Back in 1999, when the Rugby World Cup was last hosted by England - as well as Wales, France, Scotland and Ireland - Ashton Gate hosted a tie between New Zealand and Tonga.
This is the full list of longlisted venues:
1. Villa Park, Birmingham
2. Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton
3. Ashton Gate, Bristol
4. Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
5. Coventry Stadium, Coventry
6. Pride Park, Derby
7. Kingsholm, Gloucester
8. Elland Road, Leeds
9. Leicester City Stadium, Leicester
10. Olympic Stadium, London
11. Twickenham Stadium, London
12. Wembley Stadium, London
13. Old Trafford, Manchester
14. Stadiummk, Milton Keynes
15. St James' Park, Newcastle
16. St Mary's Stadium, Southampton
17. Stadium of Light, Sunderland