Tournament organisers have confirmed that Welford Road, home of the Leicester Tigers, will not be hosting matches at the 2015 World Cup.
However, the Olympic Stadium in East London is among the 17 listed potential venues, as are Twickenham, Wembley, the Millennium Stadium, and some of the biggest club football grounds in the country.
Welford Road is the biggest club ground in England but Gloucester's Kingsholm is the only Aviva Premiership arena on the list published by England Rugby 2015.
The home grounds of football sides Manchester United, Newcastle, Sunderland, Aston Villa and
Southampton have all been included after expressing an interest in staging World Cup matches.
And Leicester is represented on the list by the King Power Stadium, which has a capacity of over 32,000.
Other football grounds in the running are the Amex Stadium in Brighton, Bristol City's Ashton Gate, Pride Park in Derby, Coventry's Ricoh Arena, Elland Road in Leeds and Stadium MK.
Critics of the plans think more rugby grounds should be utilised but organisers need to sell 2.9 million tickets in order to raise the £80m they have guaranteed to the International Rugby Board.
England Rugby 2015 will confirm the final list of 10-12 venues early in the new year, once the tournament match schedule has been decided.
Andy Cosslett, England Rugby 2015 chairman, said: "Our vision for Rugby World Cup 2015 is to ensure that we take this prestigious tournament to as many parts of the country as possible, and we believe that the geographical spread of venues selected will enable us to maximise the reach of the tournament.
"We are confident that, with the venues selected, we will be able to reach our target of having up to 2.9 million tickets available, opening up the tournament to more people than ever before."
The long list of venues selected by ER 2015 and approved by the RWCL Board is as follows:
1 Villa Park, Birmingham
2 Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton
3 Ashton Gate, Bristol
4 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
5 Coventry Stadium, Coventry
6 Pride Park, Derby
7 Kingsholm, Gloucester
8 Elland Road, Leeds
9 Leicester City Stadium, Leicester
10 Olympic Stadium, London
11 Twickenham Stadium, London
12 Wembley Stadium, London
13 Old Trafford, Manchester
14 Stadiummk, Milton Keynes
15 St James' Park, Newcastle
16 St Mary's Stadium, Southampton
17 Stadium of Light, Sunderland