Olympic Rugby

  • Olympic Stadium joins 2015 RWC Shortlist

    London’s Olympic Stadium may be used to host matches during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The company who manage the venue, the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC), has submitted an application for it to be used during the tournament. After the Games, the stadium is to be downsized from its current capacity of 80,000 to 60,000 and will act as a multi-use arena. It is still unknown who will be primary tenant for the ground, the decision is due to be announced by the OPLC after the event has finished...

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  • Eagles Get Disappointing News About Olympic Legacy Park

    Sheffield Eagles have discovered they are not the preferred option for tenancy of the new Olympic Legacy Park to be opened next year. Sheffield Eagles met with representatives of Olympic Legacy Park Ltd on Monday this week. A club statement said that “whilst the news and decision is not the preferred option of Sheffield Eagles, the club will work with all parties to ensure the club is back in Sheffield and at the Olympic Legacy Park in 2018." The decision made by the Olympic Legacy Park Ltd wi...

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  • World Cup Role for Olympic Stadium?

    The Mail Online have run the following article: Organisers of the 2015 Rugby World Cup want to use the Olympic Stadium as one of their venues for the country’s next global sporting event. But their plan to make a formal application is on hold because there is uncertainty over issues such as tenancy and future capacity. It is expected that the stadium, which currently holds 80,000, will eventually be occupied by West Ham United.  ‘We have the option of using the Olympic Park to stage matches...

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  • Sevens Retained For Paris Olympics 2024

    The International Olympic Committee has decided to retain all 28 sports that featured at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games programme meaning that sevens Rugby union will continue to play a part. The decision, taken by the IOC membership at the IOC Session in Lima last week, ratifies the earlier recommendation of the IOC executive board and is another endorsement of Rugby 7s, which made a debut at the Rio Games. World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: “World Rugby, li...

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  • Olympic Stadium Could Host Five World Cup Games

    The Olympic Stadium is set to host as many as five fixtures at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, it emerged on Wednesday night, according to The Telegraph. The London 2012 centrepiece is at the heart of the match schedule ­submitted by England 2015 for approval by the International Rugby Board, demonstrating just how crucial the stadium has become for ­tournament organisers since they were given more time to secure the ­venue’s inclusion. Staging five games at the iconic arena would help to solve t...

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  • Olympic Stadium To Host International Rugby League

    The Olympic Stadium in London will host international Rugby league for the first time in November 2015 when England face New Zealand in the second game of a three-match series. The 54,000-capacity all-seater stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London joins the KC Stadium in Hull and the DW Stadium in Wigan as one of three host venues named. The series will mark England’s first appearance on home soil since their defeat to New Zealand in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup semi-final at Wemb...

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  • IOC To Recommend Rugby Continues For 2024 Olympics

    World Rugby have expressed their appreciation for the IOC Executive Board’s recommendation to retain all 28 sports that featured at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for the 2024 Olympic Games programme (to be held in Paris or Los Angeles). The recommendation, which will be considered at IOC session in Lima, Peru in September, is an endorsement for Rugby sevens, which was considered as one of the stand-out highlights on debut at the Rio Games. World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: “While the IOC...

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  • Firm In Threat To Disrupt Olympic Stadium Games

    A company that helped to refit the Olympic Stadium has threatened to make it “unusable” for the rest of the Rugby World Cup after not being paid for the work, according to The Telegraph. Gallowglass, run by the former Scotland full-back Nick Grecian, warned that it planned to sneak into the £700 million venue and remove materials essential for the functioning of its retractable seating. The plot has been hatched in a bid to force the stadium owners to honour a payment of £712,000 to the...

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  • Olympic Stadium Transformation Costs Soar To £272 Million

    The cost of transforming the Olympic Stadium in Stratford in time to host five matches at the Rugby World Cup in September and October has almost doubled from £152 million to £272 million. The stadium had a capacity of 80,000 for the London Olympics in 2012, making it the third largest ground in the country behind Wembley and Twickenham, but Balfour Beatty won the contract to transform it into a 56,000-capacity stadium ready for the World Cup and to be the new home of West Ham United. The aren...

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  • RWC Organisers Hold Out For Olympic Dream

    Rugby World Cup organisers have delayed confirming the venues to be used in 2015 in the hope that London's Olympic Stadium can be included.The full list of grounds and dates were to be released today but instead the International Rugby Board (IRB) issued a statement reporting on a meeting of the Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) board and England Rugby 2015 to discuss tournament planning where a "key agenda item" was the match schedule and selection of venues. Despite no further news being given on...

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