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The RFU have announced this week that they will be implementing new security measures for the upcoming RBS 6 Nations games held at Twickenham Stadium.

This will include additional security arrangements for bag searches and pat-downs, which will be in place at all entrance points to the stadium and the west fan village.

Match day ticket holders are being advised to arrive at Twickenham Stadium at least 45 minutes before kick-off to allow for these security checks to operate efficiently. Spectators are also being asked not to bring large bags, sports bags or rucksacks into the stadium on match day.

The RFU is working closely with the police and security forces to ensure the safety of those attending games at Twickenham Stadium during the tournament.

Twickenham will host two matches during the RBS 6 Nations, with England to face Ireland on February 27, followed by Wales on March 12.

These heightened security measures follow last November’s terrorist attacks during which three suicide bombers tried to enter France’s National Stadium, Stade de France, as part of a coordinated attack across the city that killed 130 people.

London’s Twickenham Stadium to host inaugural final of Rugby Champions Cup

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European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) have confirmed that the finals of the new Rugby Champions Cup and Rugby Challenge Cup will take place in London this season.

The Champions Cup decider has been scheduled for Twickenham Stadium – the home of England Rugby – on Saturday, May 2, 2015, while the Challenge Cup final will take place at the Twickenham Stoop the day before. Twickenham is the largest dedicated rugby union venue in the world.

Last season, the ERC (organisers of the Heineken Cup) had announced that the 2015 final of Europe’s leading club competition would be hosted by Milan’s San Siro, but the EPCR have awarded hosting rights to London for the both new competitions.

The RFU was handed the honour after what the EPCR termed a “competitive tender process” that was open to the six countries involved in the Pro12, Premiership and Top 14.

An official press release from the EPCR also stated that “[t]he RFU’s successful bid will guarantee the best possible financial return to the clubs.”

Tickets for the finals of both competitions will go on sale on Monday, August 18, 2014, with Twickenham providing space for 82,000 supporters and the Stoop offering a capacity of just under 15,000.

EPCR Director and Executive Committee member, Bruce Craig, said of the decision:

In the inaugural season of the tournaments, the Board of EPCR took the view that the fairest and most commercially-sound approach was to award the finals based on a competitive tender process.

The RFU’s bid was extremely strong and the fact that we are going to London for the 2015 finals is hugely positive for European club rugby.

Twickenham Stadium and the Twickenham Stoop tick every box for fans wishing to attend both the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals next May and with both venues steeped in rugby history, we are certain that the weekend will be an unforgettable experience.


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Twickenham Stadium announces installation of LED floodlights

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Twickenham Stadium has this week become the first stadium in Europe to announce the installation of LED floodlights, which will be delivered by Musco Lighting.


This is part of the Rugby Football Union’s (RFU) stadium redevelopment programme that is already well underway to ensure the home of England Rugby is a world-leading facility for the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and beyond.


The new LED lights will deliver superior broadcast quality lighting, as well as substantially reduce energy consumption in comparison to metal halide light sources.


Richard Knight, Stadium Director, RFU commented:

We were the first stadium in Europe to install mid-tier LEDs and believe we are now the first to have LED floodlights designed. Better quality lighting will allow us to improve the viewing experience for fans both in the stadium and at home, by keeping ahead of fast moving developments in TV technology. This innovative product also has the added benefit of being more energy efficient and requiring less maintenance.


Jeff Rogers, President of Musco, added:

Musco is proud to work with the Rugby Football Union to provide an efficient, state-of-the-art lighting solution using LED technology for this iconic stadium. The RFU’s forward thinking and concern for the responsible use of energy are commendable.


The dimming controls allow for the light output to be varied when full power of the system is not needed, saving additional energy. The floodlights will have instant on/off capabilities, allowing for special effects and eliminating the time for the lamps to warm-up. The installation also includes custom-designed reflectors that significantly reduce light spill and glare for players and spectators.


Musco is working with the RFU and their design team to design, deliver and install this state-of-the-art and sustainable lighting system at Twickenham Stadium for the autumn of 2014.

Diary: Rugby Expo 2013, 13-14 November 2013 at Twickenham

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Twickenham Stadium is hosting Rugby Expo for the third time. The event is working with Twickenham Experience to deliver its extended vision through the conference and events facilities at the venue. The Expo claims to be the ultimate meeting place for the business-to-business world of the sport, combining an unrivalled conference programme and a live exhibition showcasing the latest innovations, products and services for the rugby industry.

The exhibition takes place n the Rose Suite, a dedicated exhibition area of 1,200 square metres with easy access to breakout rooms for master class summits and workshops. The two day event will be the single biggest gathering of the business world of rugby and will host professional clubs, international unions and leagues, rights holders, brands, agencies and key suppliers to the sport as well as representatives from over 500 grass roots clubs.

The conference programme switches its focus from the professional game on day one to grass roots rugby on day two. The programme is made up of main stage plenary sessions, master class summits and smaller, focused workshops with over 50 leading speakers from across the sports industry confirmed.

These include RFU chairman Bill Beaumont, Rugby World Cup 2015 Chairman Andrew Cosset, Ethane CEO James Hogan, M&C Saatchi CEO Steve Martin, SANZAR CEO Greg Peters, MD Derek Palmer, Tomos Grace from YouTube, NZRU General Manager Nick Brown, IMG Senior Vice President Nick Chesworth, Aviva Senior Sponsorship Manager Louisa Cheetham and RFU Development Director Steve Grainger.