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Three Irish Rugby Stadiums Make The Top 20 In The World, Just

Three Irish Rugby Stadiums Make The Top 20 In The World, Just
By Conor O'Leary
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Welsh paper the Western Mail have ranked the top 23 rugby stadiums in the world, and understandably there are three Irish grounds in the top 20.

Thomond Park is widely regarded as one of the most fearsome atmospheres in rugby, and it's no surprise that it ranks as the top Irish ground.

But how does it compare with the rest of the world? Here's how the Mail ranked things:

20. Ravenhill Kingspan Stadium


The Western Mail described Ulster's home turf as a "cauldron of sound and an intimidating place for travelling teams".

18. Lansdowne Road - Aviva Stadium




Not making Croke Park the home of Irish rugby is seen as a mistake by the Welsh, who clearly aren't fans of the design at the Havelock Square end.

10. Thomond Park


Thomond may be rated as one of the most intimidating places to play rugby in the world, but the Western Mail only judge it to sneak into the top ten.

Described as "Famed for the imposing noise during play, but eerie silence while players kick for goal, its unique atmosphere led to a remarkable 12-year unbeaten run for the Irish region at the venue." but seems to lose marks for not being known as flashy.

It is the second highest Northern Hemisphere stadium on the list, behind number one, surprise surprise Millenium Stadium. If you write it, you can put whoever you want at the top.


The top five are:

5. Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
4. Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
3. Ellis Park, Johannesburg
2. Eden Park, Auckland
1. Millenium Stadium, Cardiff

Do you agree?


[Western Mail]

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