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Twickenham is the home of the Rugby Football Union with the ground being the biggest rugby stadium in the world and the venue for England’s home rugby matches.

In the 19th century rugby had become a popular sport and England were hiring the Crystal Palace to play their home games. It soon became obvious that they needed their own ground and committee man and property developer William Williams was given the task of finding a site. In 1907 he bought a large market garden for £5,500 which, not being fondly received, became known as Billy Williams’ Cabbage Patch.

An east and a west covered stand were built and Harlequins became club tenants, playing their first game in 1909, with England playing their first international here in 1910 against Wales. By the 1920’s expansion was needed and stadium expert Archibald Leitch was recruited. By 1937 all four stands had been rebuilt and the RFU had moved their headquarters to the ground. During the war the stadium was set aside as a possible decontamination area but escaped major damage.

By the 1980’s the 1930’s design and facilities had fallen behind and major renovation was needed. A gradual schedule of work was planned resulting in the 82,000 all seated stadium we see today. It includes a hotel, conference centre, spa and museum.

Whilst it’s the home of Rugby Union, often called ‘HQ’, other events have taken place including rugby league and music concerts. Rugby Union events, apart from England and Harlequins who played club matches here until the 1960’s, have included the annual Oxford v Cambridge and Army v Navy games, Middlesex Sevens, Heineken Cup and Premiership finals and schools rugby. The stadium held the England v Australia World Cup final in 1991.

Together with Lord’s for cricket and Wembley Stadium for football, for rugby fans, Twickenham is amongst the London must sees for sports fans.

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