• 41 Team Bases selected for use at Rugby World Cup 2015
• The Sport Wales National Centre will be a Team Base for Ireland and New Zealand at Rugby World Cup 2015
• Sport Wales National Centre Team Base consists of grass training pitch, gyms, as well as specialist sporting facilities for Wales’ elite athletes
• 20 competing teams will be based across England and Wales
• Range of rugby clubs, schools, universities and dedicated training centres have been selected
• Team Bases extend the reach of Rugby World Cup 2015 to even more communities in England and Wales
England Rugby 2015, the Organising Committee for Rugby World Cup 2015 (RWC 2015), has announced the approved list of 41 Team Bases that will host the 20 participating teams during the Tournament, taking place in England and in Cardiff between September 18 and October 31 2015.
The Sport Wales National Centre will be a Team Base for New Zealand and Ireland at Rugby World Cup 2015. The Sport Wales Team Base will consist of grass training pitch, cardio and free weight gyms as well as indoor sports halls. Sport Wales will also host teams during the knock out stages of the Tournament.
A Rugby World Cup 2015 Team Base will consist of an outdoor pitch, indoor training facility, a swimming pool, gym and hotel and will be utilised by the competing teams in the lead up to and during the six week event. The facilities must meet international team training standards and be located on one site or within close proximity of one another. Match venue locations have also been taken into account as part of the selection programme.
The search for Team Bases was launched via an open tender process in May 2013 and over 90 bids from across the country and in Wales were received. Sport Wales has worked closely with England Rugby 2015 over the past 12 months to facilitate detailed site visits and liaison with the teams prior to confirmation of its status as an official Team Base for Rugby World Cup 2015. With New Zealand and Ireland based in Sport Wales National Centre this gives Cardiff the opportunity to be part of the world’s third largest sporting event and celebration of rugby next year.
A mix of rugby and football clubs, schools, colleges, universities and dedicated training facilities will be utilised by the 20 teams, taking the reach of the Tournament even further.
Sport Wales Chief Executive Sarah Powell says: “Hosting Ireland and New Zealand is a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase our first class facilities at our National Centre. It’s where many of our record breaking Commonwealth Games team train intensively week in, week out. The teams are set to receive a warm, Welsh welcome and we are looking forward to playing our part in Rugby World Cup 2015, the third largest sporting event in the world.
England Rugby 2015 CEO, Debbie Jevans said: “As the organising committee for Rugby World Cup 2015 we are committed to ensuring that all participating teams have the optimum training environments available to them throughout the Tournament and in this regard we are delighted to announce our 41 official Team Bases for the event. Rugby, rightly, is at the heart of all our planning and we have worked closely with the teams to ensure that they have access to facilities and a Team Base that meet their individual needs.
“I would like to thank all those who have been part of the Team Base selection process and we are lucky to have some fantastic facilities right across the country. With a wide range of excellent facilities and locations secured the teams can be assured of having all their training needs met whilst allowing us to spread the reach of the Tournament even further throughout England and in Wales.”
New Zealand manager Darren Shand said: "The All Blacks are looking forward to coming to England and Wales next year for Rugby World Cup 2015. We will be based in London, Cardiff and County Durham at the Tournament and, while preparing for our Test matches will be key, we are also looking forward to experiencing the local culture in each of the areas."
The full list of Rugby World Cup 2015 Team Bases is available on link
• The search for Rugby World Cup 2015 Team Bases was launched in May 2013
• 65 bases were listed as approved bases in February 2014, meeting the criteria to be a Team Base, 41 have been selected as the Official Team Bases for RWC 2015