This year, England and Cardiff will be hosting the Rugby World Cup, where the best players in the world will battle it out on pitches across the UK. Whether you’re hoping England will win – or you’re supporting Scotland, Ireland or Wales, there’s tough competition for the Home Nations this year from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. Here, we take a look at what you need to know about this year’s venues – plus some rugby fashion styles, perfect for enjoying a day at the rugby.
RUGBY FASHION: WHAT TO WEAR
Here’s five key looks, each featuring the rugby shirt of one of the competing nations:
Style #1: Wallabies – AUS
Here, we’ve combined the bright and bold Australia shirt with more formal styles and understated colours. The BOSS chinos and Barbour boots add a smarter edge and the Lyle & Scott jacket will keep you warm and dry throughout the match.
Style #2: Shamrocks – IRE
This look plays with the green ‘shamrock’ theme, with Fred Perry trainers – complete with green laurel wreath and logo. Plus, a Nudie Jeans raincoat and a pair of True Religion jeans adds a relaxed and casual look, perfect for a day at the rugby followed by a post-match pint or two.
Style #3: All Blacks – NZ
As the name suggests, the New Zealand kit is all black. So, why not extend the look beyond the shirt? Our style idea features an iconic bomber jacket from CP Company and black, organic dry denim Nudie Jeans and a sporty pair of Adidas trainers (which will be the perfect footwear for sudden bursts of cheering!)
Style #4: Roses – ENG
Proudly support England with this look, featuring a red Stone Island jacket, BOSS Orange jeans and Fred Perry blue trainers. With patriotic colours and a classic masculine style, this look will take you from the pitch to the pub.
Style #5: The Dragons – Wales
Lastly, we have a style perfect for a Dragons supporter – featuring a stylish Belstaff waxed cotton jacket, a pair of indigo dyed CP Company jeans and a sporty pair of Asics trainers, the perfect footwear for staying comfy for 80+ minutes of rugby action.
RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015 VENUES
This year, there are 13 confirmed venues across England and Wales. If you’re lucky enough to have tickets, here’s a mini guide to each venue and the surrounding area.
Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton
On the outskirts of Brighton, this stunning stadium is only a short train ride away from the city. The stadium will see South Africa vs Japan on 19th September and Samoa vs the USA on 20th September.
Elland Road, Leeds
While Leeds may be a hotbed of rugby league, the stadium will soon be hosting one of the most exciting rugby union events in the world. In this historic stadium, you can see Italy vs Canada on 26th September and Scotland vs USA on 27th September.
Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester
Kingsholm hosted its first Test match way back in 1900, when Billy Bancroft led Wales to a 13-3 victory over England and now in 2015, the stadium will host Scotland vs Japan on 23rd September – plus many more.
For a traditional English pub for a post-match drink, try The Fountain Inn.
Leicester City Stadium, Leicester
This state-of-the-art facility in Leicester will host Canada vs Romania on 6th October – plus many more matches.
Leicester is famous for its Indian cuisine, so if you’re making a trip to the city, be sure to check out one of their top ten Indian restaurants.
Manchester City Stadium, Manchester
As the centrepiece of Manchester’s successful bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2002, this stadium has played an important part in the city’s sporting history. This year it will see England battle it out against Uruguay on 10th October.
For a post-match pint, try the Port Street Beer House.
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
This much-loved Welsh stadium has seen several victories for Wales at the Six Nations, and this year many are hoping for Wales to be victorious again. The stadium is hosting quite a few World Cup matches including Wales vs Uruguay on 20th September.
If all that rugby has made you hungry, try the Pen and Wig for a post-match and (hopefully) celebratory pint.
The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
Next up, the former Olympic stadium will also be hosting many Rugby World Cup matches, including Ireland vs Italy on 4th October.
For a post-match pint, try The Bow Bells.
Sandy Park, Exeter
Home to the recently-promoted Aviva Premiership side, Exeter Chiefs, Sandy Park is becoming a top rugby stadium and will soon be hosting several World Cup matches.
For a relaxing post-match meal and pint, try Mill on the Exe.
St James’ Park, Newcastle
Hosting its first match in 1880, St James’ Park is a stadium with a rich sporting history. This year, on the 3rd October, St James’ Park will host South Africa vs Scotland – which promises to be a great game – plus many other matches.
For a post-match drink, try Bacchus – a pub which has now won CAMRA Tyneside Pub of the Year for the third year running.
Stadium MK, Milton Keynes
Home to MK Dons, this Milton Keynes stadium will be hosting several World Cup matches, including France vs Canada on 1st October.
For a hearty post-match meal, try The Swan, just outside Milton Keynes.
Twickenham Stadium, London
From its first rugby game between the Harlequins and Richmond in 1909, Twickenham has in many ways become the home of rugby. The stadium will host numerous games this year – including at least three England matches (hopefully more if England win their first few matches).
For a post-match pint in a pub full of rugby fans, try the nearby Barmy Arms.
Villa Park, Birmingham
Built in a Victorian amusement park on the site of a Jacobean stately home, the distinctive façade of Villa Park is a fond sight for many sports fans. This year, the stadium will be hosting several matching including South Africa vs Samoa on 26th September.
While you’re in Birmingham, it’s worth checking out the famous Balti Triangle for a spicy post-match meal.
Wembley hosted its first rugby international in 1992, when England defeated Canada, 26-13, and since then, it has become a popular rugby venue. Wembley will be hosting several matches, including New Zealand vs Argentina on 20th September.
For a post-match drink, try the nearby The Fusilier Inn.
Are you going to the Rugby World Cup this year? Let us know which your favourite post-match pubs are.