Bok RWC training venues confirmed

The Springboks will use the facilities of three Universities as well as the Gateshead International Stadium.

FILE: The Springboks sing the national anthem before the start of their clash against the World XV at Newlands on 7 June, 2014. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Springboks will use the facilities of three universities and the Gateshead International Stadium, home of premier rugby league club Gateshead Thunder, as their training venues at next year's Rugby World Cup.

The announcement was made on Tuesday by England Rugby 2015, the organising committee for the international showpiece.

The 2007 and 1995 Rugby World Cup winners will use the training facilities at St Mary's University, the University of Birmingham and University of Brighton during their campaign in England.

A total of 41 training bases featuring an outdoor and indoor training facility, swimming pool and gym were allocated to the 20 teams participating in the World Cup, which will be hosted in England and Cardiff between 18 September and 31 October 2015.

The organising committee began the search for team bases in April 2013 via an open tender process and close to 100 bids were received from across the country and in Wales.

All the prospective team bases were subject to a rigorous selection process which included an expansive and detailed programme of site visits as well as liaison with the competing Rugby World Cup 2015 teams.

England Rugby 2015 CEO Debbie Jevans said the various parties involved have worked closely with the teams to ensure that they have access to the best facilities and a team base that meets their individual needs.

"We are confident that we have 41 high quality training environments which will provide a home away from home for the teams."