I was looking for something besides castles and museums to take my niece and nephew to and was originally going to purchase tickets for a football (soccer) game but then my nephew said what he REALLY wanted to see was rugby, a sport we don't play or watch often in the US. Thanks to my friend Jonathan (SWFC_Fan), I was able to find a rugby league match in Twickenham, just a short train ride from central London.
It was a really exciting sport to watch, the match is played over two 40 minute halves and the action does not stop like it does in American football. I wish we had read up on the rules before we went but with a little help from some of our seat mates and one of the security guards we pretty much understood what we were watching. Although the 1st 1/2 of the game was a blowout by the home team, the visitors caught up and passed them in the 2nd half making for a much more exciting game, the end score was 36-24 in favor of the home team!
What we saw was rugby league at the smaller Twickenham Stoop which is more popular in the north, rugby union is more popular in the south including London and is played at the larger stadium in Twickenham but the season hadn't started yet. The rules for rugby league and rugby union are different sm make sure you read up on the right set of rules before going.
The Stoop is a small venue so it really doesn't matter what level ticket you buy but if you want to sit with supporters of Twickenham you might want to go for the tickets in the west stands. The tickets were more expensive, for that game I think the cheapest seats were in the east stands for £10 and I paid £17 per ticket. I'm not sure if there is usually a discount for kids, I don't think I saw one.
We took the train to Twickenham from Waterloo station, then spotted someone with a Harlequins jersey and followed him, directions are on the website. The kids' train was included with their £1 London travelcard since it included all zones, the adults paid £3.30 extra to extend their travelcards round trip, £5 for David who had an Oyster.
Twickenham stadium , with a capacity of 80,000 fans , is the home of the England rugby union team. Apart from its relationship with the national team, Twickenham is the venue for a number of other domestic and international rugby union matches.
nearest station - Twickenham ( 10 mins walk.)
I've only occasionally been along to Twickenham for this annual grudge match. The day itself is more about what happens in the carpark than inside the ground but I was interested to see the almost completed Twickenham.
We were narrowly beat by 39-25 despite a couple of excellent back line moves that kept the whole crowd on edge until a late army try sealed the win.
Twickenham - home of England rugby. Refurbishment work has just been carried out & there are 4 stands each with a bar & some kind of fast food facilities. There are fast food vendors all around the outside of the stadium towers.
There are toilets on levels 1, 4 & 5 bad luck if you are on level 2&3 of the towers. There is disabled facilities and seating available. Security is tight & bags are checked when you enter the stadium. When you leave the stadium traffic is monitered as well as people traffic which they do with horses.
There is a complimentary bus from Rugby Road to Twickenham or Richmond station although I have never seen it. Transport to the match is either walk from Twickenham station or a mile from Richmond & follow the crowd
Equipment: There is a great vibe at the matches be it international or rugby sevens. At an international match the national athems will be played & there are usually mascots. It is very different to a rugby match fans are not segregated.
Check out the website for ticket information.
In February 2007 a friend took me to a Rugby game of the 6 nations championships. England was facing Italy at Twickenham Stadium which is also called "The home of England Rugby".
England won the game in the sold out stadium with 20:7.
Twickenham Stadium was inaugurated in 1909 by the Rugby Football Union. At that time it had a capacity of 20.000 people both seating and standing. After various extensive rebuildings the capacity has now increased to 82.000. The stadium is also home to the Museum of Rugby.
Twickenham Stadium is situated in the Twickenham district of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The nearest tube station is Richmond (District line) and the nearest railway station is Twickenham, which is served from London Waterloo.
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Jonny Wilkinson is the most excellent rugby player in the world. He plays an important role in the England squads. His position is fly half . His kick is the best on the earth.
Twickenham is the home of the English Rugby team. I've been there once; I watched Ireland lose - almost too kind a word - to England.