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SBD Global/October 10, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
WC Organizers Failed To Include 'The Heart And Soul' Of English Rugby On Stadium List
Published October 10, 2012
DECISION CRITICIZED: Also in London, Mark Souster opined that "perception is everything" and Welford Road not making the cut as a rugby World Cup venue "is a spectacular error by England Rugby 2015." The organizers can quote processes, tick boxes and offer countless figures to substantiate their argument that Leicester’s ground is not big enough and its facilities are lacking, but denying the biggest and most successful English club its rightful place "is shameful and it sends out entirely the wrong message." The decision "shows a complete lack of understanding." Naming only one club ground on the proposed list of 17 stadiums to be used -- Kingsholm, the home of Gloucester -- "threatens to remove the soul from the tournament." It "may well prove phenomenally successful in terms of cash generated, but you have to ask at what ultimate cost." After all, "this is the rugby World Cup" (LONDON TIMES, 10/9). The BBC wrote that Gloucester has "no plans" to expand its ground in an attempt to improve its chances of hosting games at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Managing Dir Chris Ferguson told the BBC the club would not need "to make capital investment" to make the final list of 12 stadia. He continued: "The ground as it stands hold 16,000, and we have the facilities and infrastructure to match that" (BBC, 10/9).