Cardiff preparing to add to its rugby history

(ER 2015) Thursday 7 August 2014
Cardiff preparing to add to its rugby history

In the third round of the Rugby World Cup 2015 Cities and Venues Series we travel over the Severn Bridge to Cardiff. Welsh rugby’s heartland is no stranger to European rugby fans, as two Heineken Cup finals have been played at the Millennium Stadium, situated in the centre of the city, in the last four years. It is also famous for being the venue where France shocked world rugby to beat New Zealand in the 2007 quarter-finals.

In 2015 the Millennium Stadium will host eight Rugby World Cup matches, including two Wales pool games. Their first match will be on September 20, against the winner of the repechage play-off, before they host Fiji on October 1. World champions New Zealand will also call the stadium home during the opening phase of the Rugby World Cup, as they take on Georgia on October 2, while Ireland, France and Canada will also run out on the Millennium turf.

We visited Cardiff to find out how their preparations are going. In this episode of our audio series:

  • Millennium Stadium manager Mark Williams talks us through the plans to upgrade the stadium
  • We catch up with former Wales centre Tom Shanklin, who gives his verdict on Wales’ tough challenge ahead