IN PICTURES: LEGENDARY RUGBY STADIUMS

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Every national team has its stadium, and some of these have become stars in their own right. Here are 10 of the most legendary rugby stadiums. 

For a sensational match, you need a stadium that's equal to the task. Rugby union is fortunate to be played in some of the best stadiums in the world. Let's run you through a few: 

EDEN PARK

Eden Park is the All Blacks' stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. Like its national team, Eden Park is considered to be one of the most famous rugby stadiums in the world. It can hold 50,000 spectators normally, or 60,000 with additional temporary seating, as was the case for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. 

 

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TWICKENHAM

Twickenham Stadium is the home of the England rugby team. Located in Twickenham, south London, this stadium is very well known in the world of rugby. With a capacity of 82,076 people, it is one of the biggest rugby stadiums in the world. It was renovated in 2006 and today is a modern stadium containing a treatment centre and even an MRI machine. 

 

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STADE DE FRANCE

The relatively youthful Stade de France in Paris was opened in 1998 for the Football World Cup. It is used by the France rugby union team for Six Nations matches as well as friendlies. When set up for rugby, it has a maximum capacity of 80,698 seats.  

 

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ELLIS PARK STADIUM

Ellis Park Stadium, currently known as Emirates Airline Park for sponsorship reasons, is the stadium of South Africa's national team. Located in Johannesburg, it notably hosted the 1995 World Cup Final, which was won by South Africa itself. It currently has a capacity of 62,567

 

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AVIVA STADIUM

The Aviva Stadium, Dublin's second stadium, was inaugurated in 2010, taking the reins from Croke Park. It is used by both Ireland's national rugby team and its football team. Since 2011, it has hosted the side's Six Nations matches, which were previously played at Croke Park, and can seat 51,700 spectators. 

 

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MILLENNIUM STADIUM

The Millennium Stadium, or Principality Stadium, is the national stadium of Wales and also the home of the Welsh Rugby Union. Located in Cardiff, it opened in 1999 for the Rugby World Cup. It is a multipurpose stadium that can hold up to 74,500 people. 

 

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ANZ STADIUM

The ANZ Stadium, formerly known as the Telstra Stadium, can be found in Sydney's Olympic Park and was opened in 1999. It is the home stadium of Australia's national rugby union team as well as several rugby league clubs. This hallowed rugby ground has a capacity of more than 83,500 seats when configured for rugby. 

 

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MURRAYFIELD STADIUM

Murrayfield Stadium is Scotland's stadium in Edinburgh, where the national team plays its international matches, including those for the yearly Six Nations tournament. While it holds the record for the number of spectators at a rugby match, Murrayfield has since had to reduce its capacity to comply with new safety regulations. Nowadays, it can hold 67,144 people. 

 

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STADIO OLIMPICO

As its Italian name suggests, the Stadio Olimpico is located in north-west Rome. Built in 1953, it currently has 72,698 seats and has been used by the Italian Rugby Federation since 2012 for the Italian rugby union team's home matches. It shares the stadium with football club AS Roma. 

 

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ESTADIO JOSÉ AMALFITANI

Argentinian rugby has not yet turned professional. Yet the Estadio José Amalfitani, a football ground, has gained itself a reputation nonetheless thanks to Argentina's ever-impressive matches. Located in Buenos Aires, the stadium has 49,540 seats. 

That was our list of 10 of the most legendary rugby stadiums in the world. Over to you: which is your favourite stadium?

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