The Organising Committee for Rugby World Cup 2015, have confirmed that Sandy Park has been added to the long list of potential match venues.
The Devon venue has been identified as one of a number of potential hosting sites by competition organisers, England Rugby 2015, who are keen to ensure the tournament utilises venues all over the country.
The home of the Premiership Rugby side Exeter Chiefs has been added due to Bristol City's planned redevelopment of Ashton Gate creating uncertainty over the stadium's availability.
Ashton Gate will remain on the long list but organisers were keen to ensure there was an alternative in the South West if the difficulties posed by the redevelopment cannot be solved.
Sandy Park, which was built in 2006 at a cost of £15 million, meets all of the Rugby World Cup 2015 minimum standards criteria, including playing facilities, pitch size, commercial considerations and the support of the local authority. In addition, the stadium will also have an increased capacity by 2015.
"We are very pleased to add Sandy Park to the long list of potential match venues for Rugby World Cup 2015," said England Rugby 2015 chief executive Debbie Jevans.
"We want to ensure that Rugby World Cup 2015 is a truly national event, and Sandy Park, located in the rugby heartland of the South West, gives us the option to take the Tournament as far and wide as possible."
The addition of Sandy Park means there are now four traditional rugby venues including Twickenham, the Millennium Stadium and Gloucester's Kingsholm on a long list otherwise made up of football grounds and the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.
The announcement comes after organisers on Sunday denied reports that the final list of 12 venues had already been decided, with Ashton Gate said to be included.