Rugby 2015 World Cup bases decided
Ireland will move between locations for their Pool D matches in Wales and in London
The Celtic Manor Resort, outside Newport, south Wales, will host Ireland during their 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign. Photograph: Giddens/PA Wire
The bases for all of the teams competing at next year’s 2015 Rugby World Cup in England and Wales have been completed.
Joe Schmidt’s Irish side will move venues between each fixture, making use of Celtic Manor in Newport, the FA’s centre of excellence St George’s Park, Surrey Sports Park and the Sport Wales National Centre.
But Schmidt’s side will remain at Carton House in Ireland until the Thursday before they face Canada in their opening pool match on September 19th in the Millenium Stadium. Cardiff.
The side will then travel to the FA’s St Georges Park until September 24th before moving closer to Wembley Stadium for the second of the pool games against Romania on September 27th.
Following the second match the team is again on the move, this time to the Raddisson Blu Hotel in Guilford, where they will train at Surrey Sports Park training grounds with a move to the London Marriott in the days leading up to the third pool game against Italy in Olympic Park in East London.
The final move takes Ireland to Celtic Manor Resort on October 5th ahead of the final match and possible pool decider against France. Located in the Usk Valley, the Cetic Manor Resort is where the successful 2010 Ryder Cup and the 2014 NATO Summit were held.
“The Ireland Team Management are delighted that during RWC15 the Ireland team will be based at these four locations for the pool stages of the tournament,” said Michael Kearney, Ireland Team Manager
“Team bases play a vital role in team preparation and it is important that the facilities are of a world class standard while also providing a positive atmosphere for the players and management in between training and team activities.”
Ireland suffered badly with their team base location during the 2007 World Cup in France. Rather than staying in the city of Bordeaux, the team was lodged out of town in a souless Hotel removed from everything, where the players were unhappy.
Ireland subsequently struggled in their pool games before departing the competition after being beaten by France and Argentina, failing to advance beyond the pool stages.
New Zealand will base themselves in London at The Lensbury and St Mary’s University, the venue chosen by the Olympic Council of Ireland for Irish Olymnpic team during the London 2012 Games.
England coach Stuart Lancaster has secured Pennyhill Park as the host nation’s main training base.
Lancaster has opted to keep England at their accustomed Bagshot headquarters for as long as possible during the pool stages of the 2015 tournament. England could even stay at their normal Surrey base for all but one fixture in the whole competition, should they top Pool A and progress to the final.