You will be looking forward to this year’s Rugby World Cup with either excitement or dread. Or indifference. Indifference might not be the best option given that the event is going to have a much greater impact on the town than the usual Six Nations and Autumn International matches.
The tournament begins with England v Fiji on 18th September, the first of ten games at Twickenham Stadium over a six week period. In addition to the usual match day stuff that you’ll be well used to by now, there will be international teams based locally ‘for training purposes’, visitors staying in the town (no doubt you’re registering with airbnb as you read this) and a ‘Festival of Rugby’ across El Brute’s domain with arts and music events as well as oval ball related antics. Oh, and there’s an agreement ‘in principle’ to close sections of the A316 on match days. Yikes. In other words, Twickenham will be busy.
If you want to find out more about these arrangements to help you prepare (or perhaps to help you plan your escape) then El Brute are running a series of community briefings in the coming weeks. There are business briefings on 27th February and 3rd and 12th March. These are now fully booked although the resulting FAQs will be made available online afterwards.
Briefings for residents (that’s people like you, btw) will take place between 5th and 23rd March. Details are:
* Thursday 5th March, 6.30 – 8.30pm, Chase Bridge School, Whitton
* Monday 9th March, 6.30 – 8.30pm, Turks Head pub, St Margarets (Full, apparently)
* Tuesday 17th March, 6.30 – 8.30pm, Clarendon Hall, York House, Twickenham
* Monday 23rd March, 6.30 – 8.30pm, Richmond Adult Community College, Parkshot, Richmond