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England rugby coach Stuart Lancaster has secured Pennyhill Park "as the host nation's main training base" ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, according to the PA. Lancaster has "opted to keep England at their accustomed Bagshot headquarters for as long as possible during the pool stages" of the '15 tournament. Rugby World Cup organizers have "confirmed 41 training bases will be used throughout the tournament in September and October next year." Lancaster: "It's great to have Pennyhill Park as our training base. It's a place we are used to -- the facilities are first-class, especially with the new training center." Wales is "perhaps the next biggest winners in the team base allocation," with half of its Pool A preparations "taking place at their usual home, the Vale Resort near Cardiff." Tournament organizer England Rugby 2015 vetted "more than 100 applications from complexes to become team-base venues." The final list of 41 centers, "including pitches, state-of-the-art gyms, swimming pools and hotels, allow teams the flexibility to be based close to each fixture" (PA, 8/26). The BBC reported Scotland "will set up camp at Hartpury College, Gloucester, Leeds Metropolitan University and University of Leeds then Newcastle Royal Grammar School." Scotland starts its campaign at Kingsholm, Gloucester, against Japan (BBC, 8/26).
The England & Wales Cricket Board reported record aggregate attendance for T20 cricket, with the competition breaking the 700,000 barrier for season-long attendances for the first time in its 12-year history. The season's aggregate attendance of 704,205 is the highest number recorded since the domestic T20 format was first introduced in '03. The previous record aggregate of 676,753 was set in '10 (England & Wales Cricket Board). ... The facilities for the 2014 Central American & Caribbean Games "are expected to be completed on time and will begin to be presented in September." Mexican State of Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte said, "The Games will be a great window through which we will project Veracruz to the whole world. We have worked and the results are in sight." The Games will take place from Nov. 14-30 (EFE, 8/25). ... The Int'l Cricket Council announced that Namibia will host the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 2 from Jan. 17-24. Six teams will compete in the event, with the top teams earning promotion to both the ICC WCL Championship and the four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup (ICC).