Rugby World Cup Residents Briefings Scheduled

Twickenham stadium

Twickenham stadium

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


* LBRuT – briefings page
* El Brute RWC main page
* Rugby World Cup 2015


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23 responses to “Rugby World Cup Residents Briefings Scheduled

  1. Purple Haze

    After the vile racist incidents at the PSG game I hope Chelsea get told to get lost if they want to play at Twickenham. Who wants that sort of behaviour in the town?

    • Sally

      Hear hear. it seems that such behavior and racist chanting is pretty common . Even the most ardent apologists in the media today have acknowledged that. At our local station? No thanks. the RFU can do without the extra money to add to its billions.

    • George

      Actually I disagree that it’s common. I regularly go to football matches and never hear it. In the 1980s you heard it every week. That’s why this incident has made headlines. A Nigerian colleague at work is a Chelsea season ticket holder and also regards the Paris Metro ‘fans’ as a totally unrepresentative minority. However I still agree with you that I wouldn’t want Chelsea at Twickenham and this incident reinforces that view.

    • Rufus McDufus

      I’ve come across pretty poor behaviour even at Twickenham to be honest – Army & Navy being the worst. I’ve been pushed about a bit.

    • Purple Haze

      The worst Army & Navy match was in 2005 when there was fighting in the streets, booze and cigarettes were being sold from the backs of vans, property and cars were vandalised and people used the town as a massive toilet.
      Fortunately there was a crack-down after that. It can still be a pretty unpleasant match every year because too many people turn up to it but don’t go to the game, just staying in the pubs getting totally smashed.

  2. Walkinthepark

    Well the chances to cash in on the £2bn generated by the RWC are flooding through our door. Yesterday a chance with the RWC coming up for the “owner of the parking space” to earn a £1000 a year by allowing cars to park on our property by advertising through the Justparking website. This proved to be £20 per car per match so earning the £1000 would take 50 cars, not necessarily for the same match….. Anyway not worth this “owner of a nice front garden” letting the one and a half cars that would fit, crash through the privet and camellias to park.

    I assume we will next get a letter addressed to “the owner of the nice outside loo and vomitarium” inviting me to advertise on the Justpissing and Justvomiting websites.

    We are looking forward to the RWC, we already have the T shirts, and are completely booked up with visitors who aren’t paying a cent. We will send them down the High Street though with strict instructions on where to spend their money, and we don’t need to advertise on the Justenjoying website……

  3. illiad1

    Also the ‘towns’…
    Feltham – already mostly ruined, I would prefer croydon!!! :O
    Isleworth – sThe riverside is ok, but you need have NO nose for the mogden area, or dont mind being the hounslow side!! 🙂

    Fulwell ??? – like ‘east twick’ is not ‘marked’ on most maps… squeezed between Hampton hill, Teddington, Strawberry hill, and Twickenham…
    I know someone in Stanley road, but most say it is either strawberry hill or twick…

  4. Ex-Twickenham Resident

    It’ll be no different to the usual six nations and autumn internationals only just a bit longer. Some residents may have trepidations and I guess that might be natural. On the other hand it’s great for Twickenham being the centre of the Rugby world for a few weeks and my advice is just enjoy it and welcome the visitors. Good luck England!

    • Cleo Talbot

      Thanks for giving us the benefit of your advice and wisdom . . . delivered from a safe distance, it appears.

    • Amir Tahir

      Come on. There’s a certain cachet to the name ‘Twickenham’ which is longstanding and international and derives almost exclusively (pace Alexander Pope) from the rugby connection. Must translate into at least 5% on your house value, surely.
      And if you don’t like the rugby link, think of it as providing a connection with the fall of apartheid, freeing Mandela etc through the ‘No boks’ campaigns, demos and pitch invasions!

    • Ex Twickenham Resident

      Haha, yes true…but nonetheless we have been here before…1991 remember?

      As with most illustrious venues, the venue has been around much longer than any resident. I guess there will always be people who moan about football matches, Grand Prix (Monaco), Wimbledon, Lords, World Cups etc. and the disruption to their daily lives. As a typical Guardian commentator might observe…1st World problems!

      I actually had always enjoyed the cachet of saying where I lived and knowing that the person would know it from the Rugby, whether they be English, French, Australian or South African…and I always enjoyed the match day atmosphere, watching the game on telly and hearing the crowd roar from my living room. I miss it.

  5. Mervyn

    Thanks for the briefing. It would be very helpful if the RFU could publish the events at Twickenham in a shareable calendar form (eg iCalshare) so local residents could have in their calendars the days when it would be sensible not to venture out. I will suggest it to them (yet again).

  6. Sally

    Thanks very much for telling us all about that. I’ll certainly go to a briefing, although with some trepidation at finding about just how horrible, sorry, exciting and vibrant those six solid weeks will be ! Having school aged kids means one can’t plan long holidays or even to stay at home until it blows over.

    Is there anywhere an independent balance sheet of how much hosting this will cost us all (cleaning up, policing, lost revenue for most shops) versus the gains to the town (pubs making a fortune, RFU PR donations) ?

    • Boss

      Welcome to Twickenham. Other towns are available – try Feltham, Isleworth, Fulwell….

    • illiad1

      Dunno what you are talking about, Boss… please clarify… 🙂
      Don’t panic sally, only 10 matches will be held at Twickenham, mostly on sat after 4 pm.. more details here..

    • Boss

      To clarify, I just don’t get people in Twickenham who complain about the rugby. It’s been the home of English rugby since the 1920s. Anyone since then who has chosen to live here knew exactly what this involves. Either embrace it, or clarify what exactly you were expecting when you chose to live here.

    • Alexis

      Quite right Boss. I take pride in the fact that we are known worldwide. Isn’t 6 weeks of Saturday disruption once in our lifetime better than being a “small town nowhere”?


      PS: I’m nothing to do with the RFU or any rugby clubs, simply a local resident of 34 years standing who took the stadium into account when I moved here.

    • illiad1

      Many people love twickenham, it is not as expensive as richmond, and has far more small green spaces.. and lovely houses just a street or two away from the green..
      Yes, residents know about the rugby, and have got used to them! 🙂
      But recently due to many shops closing and staying so, and more grief from street works reducing your takings, stupid unverified reports from ‘castle in the sky’ people, I do believe the last straw was the possibility of *more* sports, and them not spending on anything except beer…

      I am sure you would feel the same way if an ‘old school friend you had not seen for years’ came to stay for a few weeks, and refused to clean up, drank all your beer, and you only got a pile of abuse if you complained!!

    • Sally

      I do see your point. But umpteen years ago we moved here for the lovely parks, riverside, Strawberry Hill House, excellent schools, being able to cycle to work in a beautiful setting, Sandy’s fish shop and so on. There was also a wacking great stadium, and good luck to it, but if it was put out of action (giant sinkhole, meteor strike) we’d be able to struggle on. The romance of all that wore off the seventh time I had to hose vomit off our driveway.

      I’d like to see an independent balance sheet really weighing up the costs and gains to the town. I may well be wrong but have always suspected what with the costs of cleaning, lost shop revenue etc, it might not be not the bonanza the RFU presents. If so perhaps our leaders could be more assertive. The stadium is bigger; they want to put on football too and expand. We need the Council officials to stop being flattered by being allowed to pose in the stadium and hold the ball from time to time and to look at keeping limits on what the stadium is getting up to. So while expecting there to be rugby games and all, didn’t expect the expansion and the terrible impact of the town after some games.

    • dellboy

      Boss, this is a red herring, who could foresee that the stadium would grow to the size it is now, or that the game would change from amateur to professional.
      Those nearest the stadium have reached a tipping point. Their roads are closed, special permits issued. The mess left on their property, of any sort, they have to clear up.It doesn’t matter that only a minority of spectators “misbehave” if if happens to you it’s 100%.
      For the rest of us it’s a minor inconvenience, usually easily got round. What is now the problem is the future. The RFU is a business it has to turn a profit or go broke,what plans do they have in store for us , do you know?

    • illiad1

      costs and gains to the town? the politicians , RFU and developers don’t really care, while they are sitting in their plush office suite, or their million pound mansion in the country, with a nice fat wallet…..