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England rebuff

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Thursday, December 06, 2012

LONDON - England's Rugby Football Union (RFU) have rejected a proposal from their Welsh counterparts that the 2015 Rugby World Cup match between England and Wales be played in Cardiff.

Hosts England were drawn in the same group as Wales in Monday's draw, prompting the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) to suggest the encounter between the sides should take place at the Millennium Stadium in the Welsh capital.

England's bid to host the event listed the south Wales stadium as a potential venue for up to eight matches but RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie said that England would prefer to tackle Wales on home ground.

Ritchie is currently overseeing a 76 million ($122.4 million, 93.6 million euros) upgrade of Twickenham, the home of English rugby. Twickenham currently seats 82,000 fans, making it the biggest stadium in the world used solely for rugby.