There are seven host cities and eight world-class match ready venues.
They are all-seat venues, as originally specified by Rugby World Cup Limited and all have nearby training facilities for the teams.
All host venues have successfully hosted 2010 FIFA World Cup matches.
All the stadia meet and exceed Rugby World Cup match venue requirements – four are capable of hosting a final and the remainder a quarter-final.
The stadia are in South Africa’s largest cities.
All the required transport, accommodation and other infrastructure, including broadcast facilities, already exist.
There is a high level of support for rugby in the seven cities, which host Super Rugby and test matches and SA Rugby has existing city relationships in place to deliver major events.