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Twickenham - the home of English rugby

Magnificent stadium and the largest of it's kind in the world

Posted Aug 27, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Twickenham stadium

It’s the home of English rugby. It’s a Mecca for rugby enthusiasts. The hallowed turf of Twickenham has been graced by the best rugby players who have played the game and is the largest dedicated rugby union venue in the world.

I can clearly remember the first time I ever visited the magnificent stadium. It was 16th February 2002 I was lucky enough to be invited along to England’s Six Nations encounter with Ireland. 

What a day!

The atmosphere was incredible inside and outside the stadium and with England winning 45-11, it was a cracking day with all 82,000 seats full and the English and Irish fans integrated to make for an atmosphere I had never experienced before. I was used to segregated fans at football matches so this idea was foreign to me! But it worked.

Leaving the stadium, I wondered when I would be lucky enough to get back to this grand stadium. Well I didn’t have to wait long. Just a month later on March 24th, I was back at Twickenham for the final of the Daily Mail Schools’ Cup when Oakham School beat then champions Campion 28-23 in a thrilling match. Although only approximately 10,000 watched the match, the atmosphere was electric. I returned with Oakham School – as a journalist for the Rutland Times both years – in 2003 when they retained their crown with a 30-28 win over Barnard Castle School. This game featured future England international Tom Croft.

Both these days out were incredible, as much for the occasion as the atmosphere generated and the venue where it was played. I was privileged to get to visit the press box and other areas of the stadium off limits to the public and this experience enabled me to see a different side to a stadium.

Twickenham is definitely one of the best stadiums I have ever been to. And, from personal experience, definitely features one of the most intimidating crowds on their day.

I highly recommend the stadium to watch rugby in and if you ever get the chance to go, snap up the opportunity. You won’t regret it.

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