Sam sees 'special' World Cup

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 10:38
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Sam Warburton is predicting a 'special' atmosphere in Cardiff when Wales play two of their 2015 World Cup pool fixtures at the Millennium Stadium.

Sam Warburton is predicting a 'special' atmosphere in Cardiff when Wales play two of their 2015 World Cup pool fixtures at the Millennium Stadium.

With less than two years to go until the game's showpiece event, the RWC 2015 organisers have announced kick-off times and ticket prices for the  tournament – with news that, in Cardiff, a family of four will be able to watch Wales in action for £130.

Star skipper Warburton, who led the B&I Lions to a 2-1 Test series triumph in mid-year and captains Wales against Australia at the Millennium Stadium this weekend, is predicting the Welsh fans will be quick to plan ahead to get their hands on the greatest tickets in town for 2015.

"It's significant that the news is this far in advance, so people can prepare for the World Cup and hopefully enjoy it as much as they can,' said the international flank.

"Having games in the Millennium Stadium is awesome. It seems a long way away, but the rugby world works in two year cycles at the top level, it's British & Irish Lions and then attentions turn to the World Cup. It's only around the corner and it will come around sooner than we expect."

The double-Six Nations winning captain also says "having a World Cup game in Cardiff will be pretty special' breaking the cyclical nature of Six Nations and year-end games.

Wales will meet World Cup opposition in the pool stages at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday September 20 and Thursday October 1 in 2015.  

"This news means that fans can start planning now which fixtures they want to go to," said Warburton. " Having a fixture at 2.30pm is will be welcomed by fans and their families, because it's the middle of the day, but as players that's what we prefer as well.

"I'm sure there will be a great atmosphere at the Millennium Stadium. There will be abuzz in Wales as a whole when the World Cup comes around and I think that can only be good for us as a national team."

The home of Welsh sport is set to host eight games including two quarter finals across the 2015 tournament, ensuring a multi-million pound boost to Wales based on comparisons with previous major events.

WRU Group Chief Executive, Roger Lewis, said: "World Cup 2015 offers the opportunity for Welsh fans to see some fantastic matches here in Wales.

"The standard of play in this competition is inevitably extremely high and our supporters are rightly applauded as connoisseurs of the game at the highest level.

"We are used to watching the best teams in world rugby playing here at our Millennium Stadium and it will be a pleasure to welcome some of them back for such crucial and competitive matches.

"I am delighted we have been able to secure so many top notch matches for Wales and I am certainly looking forward to watching players write some new chapters in the modern history of our great game in 2015."

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Wales 4 3 0 1 13
England 4 2 0 2 11
Fiji 4 1 0 3 5
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Team P W D L Pts
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Scotland 4 3 0 1 14
Japan 4 3 0 1 12
Samoa 4 1 0 3 6
United States 4 0 0 4 0
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Argentina 4 3 0 1 15
Georgia 4 2 0 2 8
Tonga 4 1 0 3 6
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France 4 3 0 1 14
Italy 4 2 0 2 10
Romania 4 1 0 3 4
Canada 4 0 0 4 2