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England's Rugby Football Union Declines Welsh Offer To Host World Cup Match
Published December 5, 2012
WEMBLEY AS A COMPROMISE: The LONDON TIMES' Ashling O'Connor reported London's Wembley Stadium "presents a canny compromise." Technically it is a neutral venue, but as the home of English football would provide the sort of "power of the nation" atmosphere that Chris Robshaw, the England captain, said "helped his team to defeat the All Blacks." With 90,000 seats and world-class hospitality facilities, "it also offers the maximum possible commercial return for a sell-out grudge match." The Int'l Rugby Board "is acutely aware that World Cup organisers have a lot of tickets to shift: 2.9 million need to be sold to hit ambitious financial targets." Sources said that officials of the world governing body -- who have ultimate approval on the recommendations of England Rugby 2015, a subsidiary of the RFU -- "would therefore look favourably on as many matches being played there as possible." The RFU "has no sway in the choice of venues" (LONDON TIMES, 12/4).