Leeds to host bases for World Cup nations

Stuart Lancaster, who has taken England up to train at his nearby West Park Leeds RUFC Rugby Union club, which will host the Canadian team at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Stuart Lancaster, who has taken England up to train at his nearby West Park Leeds RUFC Rugby Union club, which will host the Canadian team at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

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Five sites in Leeds have been selected as bases for nations competing at next year’s World Cup.

Two pool games will be played at Elland Road on the weekend of September 26/27, with three of the teams in action basing themselves in Leeds for the build-up. Canada, who play Italy on September 26, are to base themselves at West Park Leeds and also use the facilities at the John Charles Centre for Sport.

Scotland and the United States, who meet the following day, will also prepare in the city.

Scotland will utilise the facilities at Leeds University and Leeds Met, with the US to be based at Leeds Trinity and to make use of Kirkstall Leisure Centre.

England - who have used West Park Leeds in each of the past two years ahead of the Six Nations - will be based at their traditional Pennyhill Park venue in Surrey and in Salford, ahead of their final Pool A game at the City of Manchester Stadium.

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