OLYMPIC STADIUM MAY HOST RUGBY WORLD CUP

Organisers of the 2015 Rugby World Cup have expressed their desire to use the Olympic Stadium as a host venue during the tournament.

The stadium's future has been a hot topic since the plans were revealed and it does not look like quieting down. English Premier League club West Ham United are battling for the venue's 99-year lease with several other parties and discussions regarding the Rugby World Cup are currently on hold until the Olympic Stadium's long-term future is decided. 

England Rugby 2015 chief operating officer Ross Young said: "We have the option of using the Olympic Park to stage matches and that is at the forefront of our minds. The issue we have is that they [Olympic Park Legacy Company] have gone through a number of options in terms of the long-term use of the stadium. That process is still on-going and it doesn't fit into the timeline we have to operate within. The issue is we can't get finite answers.

"We will give the Olympic Park Legacy Company more time to come back to us with the answers we need. Their major workload doesn't just stop with the parade in London, so what we've said to them is to come back to us as soon as is practicable.

"The first thing we have to answer is whether top-level rugby could be played at that venue, but for now we don't have that info.

"Once the draw has been made, our timeline will involve the match schedule being finalised in the first quarter of next year. Until then, there is flexibility in terms of venue selection, but if that time comes and there are still too many question marks over the Olympic Park, then we will have to decide whether to hold on any longer or allocate games to other stadiums."

For other prospective host cities, England Rugby 2015 have requested proposals are submitted this week.

Posted on 11/09/2012