The International Rugby Board votes 16-10 in favor of rubber-stamping the recommendation from Rugby World Cup Ltd (RWCL) that England should be the host for he 2015 World Cup, beating South Africa and Italy. It will be the second time England will host the competition, the last time being in 1991. Rugby Football Union chairman Thomas:
[The decision is] a relief, and also great joy for England…We have been trusted with making a great competition and providing a great spectacle, and delivering what the IRB needs in terms of host revenue…Australia did an immense job [in 2003], France raised the bar [in 2007] and we have got to raise it again. We have got some very iconic stadia and it will be tremendous for world rugby and immense for participation in England
The RFU says England will lay on the biggest World Cup to date, generating a surplus at least £60m larger than that of the other bids. Between the event’s running dates it says three million people will watch the games live at stadiums across the country. The stadia selected are Twickenham, Wembley and the Emirates Stadium in London, Old Trafford in Manchester, Newcastle’s St James’ Park, Anfield in Liverpool, Elland Road in Leeds, the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, Welford Road in Leicester, Kingsholm in Gloucester and St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton. The only stadium outside England to host matches will be Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, which will stage two quarter-finals and some pool matches.