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Twickenham Stadium

  • Twickenham Stadium, London

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) purchased the land where Twickenham Stadium stands for just over £5,500 in 1907. Before the ground was bought, it was actually used to grow cabbages, and so Twickenham Stadium is affectionately known as the 'Cabbage Patch'. The first game was played there in 1909, a battle between local sides Harlequins and Richmond. The first international game, England v Wales, took place on 15 January 1910 when the stadium had a maximum capacity of 20,000 spectators. Twickenham Stadium is the home of the RFU and is primarily a venue for rugby union games, the stadium hosts England's home test matches and was the host of the 1991 Rugby World Cup Final in which Australia beat England 6 –12. Twickenham is etched into rugby's DNA with thousands of great battles staged there with some jaw-dropping moments. From England captain Bill Beaumont being lifted off the field after the 1980 Grand Slam to Phillippe Saint-Andre's incredible try for France in 1991 and Australia beating England in that year's Rugby World Cup final; every rugby fan has a Twickenham memory. The World Rugby Union Museum is located in Twickenham Stadium and is a collection of the finest collection of rugby memorabilia in the world. It tells the history of the sport from its origins to the present day and includes interactive displays showcasing the history of William Webb Ellis. Twickenham Stadium will host three of England’s pool games, two quarter-final games, both semi-finals and the Final of Rugby World Cup 2015.

Key facts

Twickenham Stadium, located in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, is the largest dedicated rugby union venue in the world.

Getting there...

Whitton Rd, Twickenham TW2 7BA

An official Rugby World Cup 2015 venue

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