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Olympic Stadium to host Ireland v Italy at 2015 Rugby World Cup

Ireland will also play in Wembley and Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium at the 2015 tournament.

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LONDON’S OLYMPIC STADIUM has been selected as one of the venues for Ireland’s pool matches at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The 80,000-seater will host Ireland v Italy on Sunday 4 October, Ireland’s third game in Pool D.

Thirteen grounds across England and Wales have been confirmed to stage the tournament which opens with England against the “Oceania 1″ qualifier on Friday 18 September.

Ireland get underway the following day against “America 1″ in Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, and then have an eight-day rest before lining out  against “Europe 2″ at Wembley on 27 September.

The clash with Italy follows a week later before a return to Cardiff for the pool finale and a game which could well decide quarter-final seedings against France on 11 October.

Should Ireland qualify for the last eight, they will remain in Cardiff for their quarter-final on either 17 October or 18 October.

Twickenham will host the showpiece fixtures of the tournament’s final stages with both semi-finals (24/25 October) and the final (31 October) allocated to the home of English rugby. The bronze final will take place in the Olympic Stadium on 30th October.

A total eight club football grounds — including Manchester’s Etihad Stadium, St James’ Park in Newcastle and Birmingham’s Villa Park — will host matches while Kingsholm Stadium and Sandy Park are the only club rugby stadiums included on the list.

The full list is: Twickenham Stadium (London), Wembley Stadium (London), Olympic Stadium (London),  Millennium Stadium (Cardiff),  Manchester City Stadium (Manchester), St James’ Park (Newcastle), Elland Road (Leeds), Leicester City Stadium (Leicester), Villa Park (Birmingham), Kingsholm Stadium (Gloucester), stadiummk (Milton Keynes), Brighton Community Stadium (Brighton) and Sandy Park (Exeter).

Pool D (selected fixtures)

19 September 2015 — Ireland v Americas 1, Millennium Stadium

27 September 2015 — Ireland v Europe 2, Wembley Stadium

4 October 2015 — Ireland v Italy, Olympic Stadium

11 October 2015 — France v Ireland, Millennium Stadium

See the fixtures in full here >

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