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Wales is likely to play at the Millennium Stadium but the opposition hgas a far greater chance to come in the form of a qualifying nation. Pool A also features Oceania 1 and the Play-off Winner. Oceania 1 is all but assured of being Fiji while the Play-Off Winner is likely to be Europe 3 which looms as being one of Portugal, Spain or Russia. Neither of these matches are likely to attract sell-out crowds according to history. In Rugby World Cup 2007 Wales v Japan was far from full and Fiji v Canada was also a let-down. Cardiff, nonetheless has won the right to host World Cup matches for a fourth time. The city will be awarded as many as eight matches but with Wales facing England and Australia the liklihood of eight matches eventuating in the Welsh capital are very low. It will certainly be used for at least one Tier One v Tier One match with Pool C´s encounter between The Rugby Championship rivals, Argentina and New Zealand appearing to be a strong candidate.
Both the All Blacks and Pumas played at the Millennium Stadium this past month and both are very marketable teams. The All Blacks will likely be used throughout the host nation as much as possible with New Zealand likely to play, at the most, one match in London. New Zealand will likely play its four matches in the largest stadiums with the likes of Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle all in contention. The Pool only features two Tier One sides with Tonga not having the same drawing power as Argentina. As such should the All Blacks have a match at the Millennium Stadium it is certain to be against Argentina. Los Pumas will likely also play in different parts of England but not at the largest venues. Argentina v Tonga, for instance, could well be allocated to Coventry while Argentina v Europe 1 and Asia 1 could be played in venues such as Leicester, Northampton or Southampton.