Birmingham has a strong history of staging major sporting events including the European Gymnastics Championships, Trampolining and Tumbling World Champions, the annual Great Birmingham Run and the All England Badminton Championships. The long list of major sports events hosted in the city contributes to the world class sporting city reputation that the city now boasts.

To further contribute to the city’s success of hosting events, Birmingham has been selected to host two matches of the prestigious Rugby World Cup 2015. Villa Park, traditionally home to Aston Villa Football club will transform into a Rugby Stadium for the event in September 2015, with the opening matches of the Tournament taking place at Twickenham Stadium on September 18th.

The following fixtures will take place at Villa Park:

Match South Africa v Samoa
Date Sat Sept 26
Match No. 15
Pool B
Kick-off Time 16:45
Match Australia v Uruguay
Date Sun Sept 27
Match No. 17
Pool A
Kick-off Time 12:00
View the full Rugby World Cup 2015 - Match Schedule
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Experience all the excitement of Rugby World Cup 2015 this September as the Birmingham Fanzone takes over Eastside Park.

The official Birmingham Rugby World Cup 2015 Fanzone is free to enter and will be open from Friday 18 – Sunday 20 and Wednesday 23 – Sunday 27 September. There will be a big screen showing live matches and other Rugby content, as well as a Rugby activity zone, fairground rides, covered viewing areas and a range of refreshment stalls; everything that you need to get into the spirit of the Tournament.

The Fanzone will play host to organised invitational Rugby sessions for local schools, Rugby clubs, universities, businesses, plus women’s and girls’ groups, all of whom will benefit from expert coaching delivered by official England Rugby Development Coaches, as well as local rugby clubs.

There will also be the opportunity for visitors to take part in a range of informal ‘have a go’ Rugby activities, including skills zones, inflatable Rugby challenges and a mini Rugby pitch for small sided games.

Thousands of fans are expected to head to Birmingham for Rugby World Cup 2015, as Villa Park hosts two matches on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September – and if you don’t have a ticket to the matches, you can still join thousands of other fans at the Birmingham Fanzone, soak up the atmosphere of the Tournament and join in the nationwide celebration of Rugby.

For full details of opening hours and the match day schedule please see www.rwc2015bham.co.uk or contact the Birmingham City Council Events Team on Eventsteam@birmingham.gov.uk.

To download a map of all the fanzone locations click here

Where is it?

Eastside Park, Entrance from Fazeley Street, Birmingham
10 min walk from New Street Station and 5 mins from Moor St Station.

When is it?

Date Public Opening Times
Friday 18 September 12:00 - 23:00
Saturday 19 September 10:30 - 23:00
Sunday 20 September 10:30 - 21:00
Monday 21 September CLOSED
Tuesday 22 September CLOSED
Date Public Opening Times
Wednesday 23 September 13:00 - 23:00
Thursday 24 September 13:00 - 23:00
Friday 25 September 13:00 - 23:00
Saturday 26 September 10:30 - 23:00
Sunday 27 September 10:30 - 21:00

What's on!

Access to the fanzone is FREE!

There will be on site activities and a large 100 square metres outdoor screen showing live rugby matches from the Rugby World Cup as well as coverage from past events and other video content. Including the newly released film Pacific Warriors about the rugby nations of the Pacific Islands; Tonga, Fiji and Samoa.

A Rugby Development Zone will allow children and adults to test their running, throwing and tackling skills in a safe environment with encouragement and coaching tips from RFU coaches as well as Wasps Rugby and Worcester Warriors and other local rugby teams. Activities include - Running Skills Unit, Tryline Tussle, Tackle Challenge, Passing Cage, Bucking Rugby Ball, Wasps WIT unit

Fairground rides to include a childrens ride, bungee and reverse bungee as well as the tango whirling through the air. Rides will be charged

Food and drink concessions will be available each day as well as the opportunity to purchase Official Rugby World Cup merchandise.

There will be a covered area in case of rain.

NOTE:- Some activities will be chargeable, all individuals taking part do so at their own risk and should be in a fit and healthy state to take part. Some activities will only be open on certain days and are subject to change.

On Screen Coverage and Events – the day by day guide to what’s on

Friday 18 September 13:00 England vs Scotland 2011 Replay
15:30 2003 Final ENGLAND vs AUSTRALIA - replay
19:00 Opening Ceremony – live coverage
20:00 ENGLAND vs FIJI - live coverage
Saturday 19 September 12:00 TONGA vs GEORGIA - live coverage
14:30 IRELAND vs CANADA - live coverage
16:45 SOUTH AFRICA vs JAPAN – live coverage
20:00 FRANCE vs ITALY - live coverage
Sunday 20 September 12:00 SAMOA vs USA – live coverage
13:45 Haka Dance workshop – live performance
14:30 WALES vs URUGUAY - live coverage
16:45 NEW ZEALAND vs ARGENTINA – live coverage
Monday 21 September CLOSED
Tuesday 22 September CLOSED
Wednesday 23 September 14:30 SCOTLAND vs JAPAN - live coverage
16:45 AUSTRALIA vs FIJI - live coverage
20:00 FRANCE vs ROMANIA - live coverage
Thursday 24 September 12:00 Haka Dance Workshop – live performance
13:00 WALES vs CANADA 2003 Replay
17:00 France vs New Zealand 2011 Final Replay
19:00 Haka Dance Workshop – live performance
20:00 NEW ZEALAND vs NAMIBIA – live coverage
Friday 25 September 14:00 England vs South Africa 2007 Final Replay
16:45 ARGENTINA vs GEORGIA – live coverage
20:00 Ireland vs Wales 2011 Replay
Saturday 26 September 10:30 – 13:30 RWC Trophy Tour visit
12:00 FILM Pacific Warriors
14:30 ITALY vs CANADA – live coverage
16:45 SOUTH AFRICA vs SAMOA – live coverage from Villa Park
20:00 ENGLAND vs WALES – live coverage
Sunday 27 September 12:00 AUSTRALIA vs URUGUAY – live coverage from Villa Park
13:45 Haka Dance Workshop – live performance
14:30 SCOTLAND vs USA – live coverage
16:15 Haka Dance Workshop – live performance
16:45 IRELAND vs ROMANIA – live coverage
18:45 IRELAND vs WALES 2011 - Replay
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Getting there and around

Located right in the heart of England, Birmingham is incredibly easy to reach by air, rail or road.

  • Air: The nearest airport is Birmingham Airport. Regular trains take 10 minutes from neighbouring Birmingham International station to the city centre, and there are also National Express coach services and the number 900 bus.
  • Rail: Birmingham New Street station is one hour and 25 minutes from London Euston station.
  • Road: Birmingham is on junction 6 of the M6 and is also linked by the M5, M40 and M42.

Birmingham is an exciting and diverse city with so much to offer to its visitors.

2015 will see a year of celebration for Birmingham as the city commemorates a host of activities including the completion of Birmingham New Street Station, the extension of the Midland Metro tram system through the city centre and the redevelopment of the National Indoor Arena.

There will be plenty of time to explore our great city for the duration of the Rugby World Cup 2015 and our partners over at Visit Birmingham can help you to plan your stay, from planning where you stay including budget hotels to the most luxurious, the most delectable restaurants to dine and drink in and a whole host of leisure opportunities to enjoy.

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One of the key reasons for hosting matches of the Rugby World Cup 2015 is the prospect of providing the profile and focus to help the development of Birmingham Rugby, and a motivation to drive forward a lasting Rugby legacy for the city.

Within Birmingham and the surrounding areas there really is something for everyone, and many local clubs have facilities for Women’s Rugby and have their own Mini + Youth sections. As well as offering a wide range of playing opportunities, from contact to touch Rugby (non-contact), there are also numerous opportunities to coach, referee or volunteer.

To find your local club please club finder: http://www.rfu.com/takingpart/clubfinder
As well as the clubs in Birmingham there are numerous opportunities within schools, colleges and universities. The RFU also look to offer community based touch Rugby projects for those just wishing to come and have a go. Visit: http://www.rfu.com/o2touch for more information.

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