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  • Champions Cup Semi-Final Venues Confirmed

    ... played host to an England U20s game, will host a semi-final should Wasps make it to the next round. Interestingly, should Northampton qualify for the semi-finals, their fixture will take place at Wasps' Ricoh Arena in Coventry.The Stade Velodrome in Marseille will be the venue should Toulon qualify for the next round, with Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne hosting should Clermont Auvergne make it through. The Stade Velodrome is by far the largest ground out of the four, with a capacity...

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  • Draw hands England 2015 tough venue choice

    ... In World Cup 2007 Stade de France delivered seven 70,000+ crowds, including an England v South Africa Pool game, to help the French achieve the record overall tally of 2,263,223 (47,150 per match). Even so, fixtures such as Italy v Romania (44,000) in Marseille and Canada v Fiji (27,000) in Bordeaux were played out before crowds way below capacity.    Millennium Stadium: Could stage as many as eight World Cup games in 2015 In World Cup 1999, the last time the World Cup was hosted in the Bri...

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  • Mark Evans - Harlequins RFC

    ... 2007 has made rugby union in France extremely attractive in areas and cities where traditionally it wasn’t. Montpellier is an interesting example. “I think we should keep a very close eye on what’s happening in Lyons and I hear of a project in Marseilles. We haven’t got that level of activity or interest in England but to start saying, ‘the French are spending loads, we’ve got to spend more’ is pretty shallow thinking. “We’ve got a model in English club rugby that is under pre...

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  • Fan Focus - Gordon Macdonald

    ... guarantee of tickets and good hotel accommodation, plus the flexibility to organise my own gastronomic tour between match weekends and entertain an old friend and All Blacks supporter from Monaco.   What games are you going to? Two quarter-finals in Marseilles, two semi-finals in Paris and the final, plus the third-place match that’s also in Paris.   Have you been to previous Rugby World Cups? Yes. In 1991 went to games in London, Edinburgh, Dublin and Paris. I had great fun getting 15 or s...

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