England to find new venue

LONDON – England plans to stage a home Test away from their traditional home of Twickenham in the lead-up to next year’s World Cup, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said yesterday.

Either Manchester or Newcastle is the likely destination for one of the three to four games ahead of the tournament in Japan. “A Six Nations game is unlikely but an autumn Test could be an option,” said RFU chief executive Steve Brown.

The RFU is keen to broaden support for the game around the country, and tests away from Twickenham, which is in west London, could become a regular feature of the rugby calendar.