Rugby World Cup stars could train at the Lensbury Club and St Mary’s University after they were shortlisted as team bases for the 2015 tournament.

The club in Teddington and university in Twickenham, who worked together as a training camp for the Irish Olympic team during London 2012, were selected as a combined venue and added to the approved list of 65 suitable spots.

Teams are currently touring venues to check their suitability.

The Lensbury’s general manager Ivor Turner said: “Our facilities and those of St Mary’s are world class with two rugby pitches, state-of-the-art training facilities, a 25m swimming pool and, from April 2014, there will be 32 brand new team styled bedrooms in our Ascot building and a unique bespoke heavy weights room.

“We are thrilled to have made it to the approved list and we are very excited at the possibility of hosting an international team during the Rugby World Cup 2015.”