Ireland are now the pre-eminent force in European rugby and will be a severe test of England’s Rugby World Cup credentials.
Their victory in the summer against Australia followed up their mightily impressive Grand Slam to prove they are one of the favourites for the showpiece in Japan.
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. 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.
Harrods is the world's most famous department store where visitors can view the latest men's and women's fashion, accessories, gifts and food. Harrods continues to astonish and intrigue customers from around the world with first-class service, retail theatre, product quality and an unmatched international brand selection. From its humble beginnings as a grocer and tea merchant in 1834, Harrods continues to grow. From haute couture to pet accessories, the finest luxury merchandise is showcased in the lavish setting of the Knightsbridge store, stretching across 7 floors and 330 departments plus 27 eateries to satisfy every taste.
The Tower of London is by far one of the most famous and well preserved historical buildings in the world. From its earliest structural beginnings by its founder William I of England, better known as William the Conqueror 1066-87, the Great Tower or White Tower as it later came to be called was fast becoming the most talked-about building in England. Visitors can discover the priceless Crown Jewels, join an iconic Beefeater on a tour, stand where famous heads have rolled, learn the legend of the Tower's ravens, storm the battlements and get to grips with swords and armour!
Step aboard the London Eye, Europe’s tallest observation wheel in the centre of London, and see the city’s world famous landmarks from above. The London Eye is one of the most recognisable landmarks, and the most popular ticketed tourist attraction in the city. Enjoy spectacular 360° views of London, including Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, the Shard and much more. All capsules are air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible and customers can enjoy a pre-flight 4D movie experience.
As examinations go, it doesn’t get much more difficult for England and Twickenham will be rocking.