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England

Twickenham, EnglandTHE mecca of English rugby, Twickenham is, following the redevelopment of the south stand in 2006, the largest venue in the world which is dedicated solely to rugby union. Although the stadium has, and does, occasionally host other events – the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final, and concerts by the likes of U2, Genesis, Police, Bon Jovi and the Rolling Stones – the fact that it is wholly owned by the Rugby Football Union means it has control over the stadium. It is also home to the World Rugby Museum, which houses one of the finest collections of rugby memorabilia in the world and covers the history of the game globally, not just in England. The stadium is currently undergoing expamsion on the East Stand.

HOW TO GET THERE…

AIR: Twickenham is approximately six miles from London Heathrow, 20 miles from London City Airport, 30 miles from London Gatwick and 40 miles from London Luton. If you are travelling to Heathrow and require a transfer to central London, you can use the Heathrow Express
CAR: Twickenham Stadium is on the northern side of the A316 into London. From the M25, exit J12 onto the M3. This becomes the A316 and Twickenham Stadium is off the Whitton Road roundabout next to the Lexus/Toyota car dealership. From London, turn right off the A316 at Whitton Road roundabout. Parking in the area is very limited and matchday visitors are advised to pre-book
RAIL: Twickenham is the nearest station, a 10 walk from the stadium. Regular trains run to Twickenham from London Waterloo, Clapham Junction, Reading, Ascot and Windsor & Eton Riverside. Other stations in the vicinity of the stadium are Richmond, Whitton, St Margarets and Hounslow. The London Overground service also runs from Richmond to North London and Stratford. The nearest Underground stations are, and Richmond for the District Line.
NB No step-free access at Twickenham station Platforms 4 and 5 at Twickenham station (fast trains to London and services to Reading) until December 2018. This is due to station improvement works.
TUBE: Richmond station on the District Line and Hounslow East for the Piccadilly Line are 2 miles from the stadium. There is a free shuttle bus service before and after a match
BUS: There is an RFU shuttle bus service between Richmond Station and the Stadium and Hounslow East and the stadium. The service is free and the buses return to Richmond and Hounslow after the match. Pre match the services run from the A316 Pools in the Park in Richmond and Hounslow East station, Kingsley Road in Hounslow. Post match the Richmond service departs from Rugby Road adjacent to the stadium and the Hounslow service departs from Whitton Dene to the north of the stadium. Other buses which pass close to the stadium are the 281, 267, 481, 681 and H20
PARK & RIDE: The RFU to offer a park & ride facility from Hounslow Civic Centre (postcode TW3 4DN) to Twickenham Stadium for England matches. This service offers fans an added option for getting to and from the stadium conveniently via accessible shuttle bus. Park & ride tickets must be pre-booked and costs £20 per vehicle. The shuttle bus runs every 5 minutes. It takes 15 minutes to the stadium and also picks up and drops off at Hounslow Central Station Park and Ride

TWICKENHAM STADIUM
Whitton Road, Twickenham TW2 7BA
England

More information at:

ENGLAND: Twickenham Stadium

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France


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Stade de France, FranceSTADE DE FRANCE is not actually in Paris, but just north of the capital city, in the suburb of Saint Denis. It was built for the 1998 football World Cup, which the host nation won. The rugby team have thus far not been able to emulate that feat, despite Stade de France being the only stadium in the world to host both football and rugby World Cup finals. It has a capacity of 80,000 and on its completion took over from Parc des Princes as the home of French rugby. In addition it has hosted international football matches and Champions League finals, the world athletics championship, the Race of Champions motorsport event and a number of domestic events in both football and rugby, although no club team is permanently based there.

HOW TO GET THERE…

AIR: The nearest airport is the Charles de Gaulle then take the RER Line B direct to the stadium
CAR: Saint Denis is 10km from Notre Dame and the stadium is located at the crossroads between auto-routes A1 and A86 but space is limited to reserved parking only
TRAIN: RER B to La Plaine – Stade de France NB Given the choice, take this option! It's much closer & easier to get to the stadium.
TUBE: Paris Metro Line 13 to Saint Denis – Porte de Paris

STADE DE FRANCE
93216 Saint-Denis
France

More information at:

FRANCE: Stade de France

 


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Orange VélodromeORANGE VÉLODROME in Marseille, also  known as Stade Vélodrome, was built to serve as a playing venue for the 1938 World Cup. Soon after it became the new home of Olympique de Marseille after Stade de l’Huveaune had become too small for the club. The stadium was almost completely rebuilt for the 1998 World Cup, and it was then when the stadium got its characteristic round-shaped stands. Capacity got increased to about 60,000 seats, though the new stadium was also criticised for its lack of cover. A further redevelopment was completed by 2014, increasing capacity by 7,000 seats following France being awarded the Euro 2016 tournament.

HOW TO GET THERE…

AIR: Marseille has its own airport, Marseille Provence Airport, which has good connections and is also serviced by low-cost airlines. The airport is located 25 kilometres north-west of Marseille’s centre.
CAR: If you are coming from the direction of the airport or North of the city, take the A55 towards Marseille and follow signs for the city centre. It should take no longer than 25 minutes. There is a reasonable amount of on-site parking located north of the ground which is available to use on matchdays at the price of a few euros.
RAIL: Orange Vélodrome is located in the south of the city of Marseille, about 3.5 kilometres from Marseille’s city centre and a kilometre more from central railway station Saint-Charles. You can reach the stadium with metro line 2. Catch the metro southbound at Saint-Charles railway station or another stop in the city centre (e.g. Noailles), and get off at either Rond-Point du Prado or Sainte Marguerite Dromel (both located at different sides of Orange Vélodrome). If coming from the old port area, you can catch metro line 1 and change at station Castellane to line 2. Marseille has good train connections with the rest of France. There are frequent direct TGV trains from, for example, Paris, Lyon, and Nice. The journey from Paris takes about 3.5 hours. You can book your train tickets in advance through the official SNCF website.
BY FOOT: If it also possible to just walk from the old port area to Orange Vélodrome, which will take 30-45 minutes. Find your way to the Rue de Rome, a few blocks inland, and turn south. The Rue de Rome turns into the wide Avenue de Prado, which brings you in one line to the stadium. It is a pleasant walk.

ORANGE VÉLODROME
3 Boulevard Michelet, 13008
Marseille
FRANCE

More information at:

Orange Vélodrome

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Ireland

Aviva Stadium, IrelandTHE new-look Aviva Stadium made its championship bow in 2010, and it is testimony to its success that it quickly felt like home to Irish rugby. It is also home to the Republic of Ireland’s national football team and has hosted the Europa League final. It is controlled by a joint venture between the Irish Rugby Football Union and the Football Association of Ireland, who together hold a 60-year lease on the stadium, after which it will return to the exclusive ownership of the IRFU. Built by the same firm of architects that was behind the Millennium Stadium (not to mention the O2 arenas in Dublin and London and the new Wimbledon Centre Court), the Aviva employs an undulating, wavelike roof similar to that of Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.

HOW TO GET THERE…

AIR: Dublin airport is about 25 minutes’ drive to the stadium; the Air Coach provides a 24-hour service to the nearby D4 Inn on Lansdowne Road
CAR: Not recommended there is a 1km car-free exclusion zone in operation on matchdays and there are no parking facilities at the stadium itself
RAIL: Use the DART from the city centre southbound direct to Lansdowne Road station
BUS: Routes 7, 8, 45 and 84 all serve the Ballsbridge area from Dublin city centre

AVIVA STADIUM
Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4
Ireland

More information at:

IRELAND: Aviva Stadium

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Italy

Stadio Olimpico, ItalyITALY’s home games since 2012 for the 6 Nations championships have been held in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico while the iconic Stadio Flaminio, which has hosted the tournament matches for all 11 years since Italy joined the party, is being renovated. The plan is to return to Stadio Flaminio once refurbishment has increased its capacity to 42,000. As well as being host to Roma and Lazio, Stadio Olimpico hosts the Italian Cup final and doubles as the country’s national athletics stadium. Located 6km to the north of the city centre, the stadium boasts a capacity of 82,000 and promises to be a spectacular venue for this year’s matches.

HOW TO GET THERE…

AIR: Leonardo da Vinci-Flumicino airport is 40km from the stadium
CAR: From Milan, Florence of Bologna on the Autostrada A1, take the exit that goes into the GRA (Gran Raccordo Anulare) towards Flaminia road. Take Junction 5 signposted Flaminia then follow directions to the Foro Italico
RAIL: From Termini Central station, take the Metro Line A towards Battistini and get off at Ottavino-Saint Peter then take bus no.32 to Piazzale della Farnesina, or get off at Flaminio and take tram no.2 to Piazza Mancini

STADIO OLIMPICO
Via Foro Italico, 00194 Roma
Italy

More information at:

Stadio Olimpico

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Scotland

Murrayfield, ScotlandMURRAYFIELD, alone among the 6 Nations venues, is also home to a club side, in this case Edinburgh Rugby who play both Magners League and Heineken Cup matches there. The ground was purchased in 1922 for £3,800 from the old Edinburgh Polo Ground and Murray’s Field. Following its renovation in 1994 it became the largest sports stadium in Scotland, with a capacity of 67,130. In addition to rugby the stadium has, on occasion, hosted football, American football and rugby league games, as well as pop concerts from the likes of Bon Jovi and Oasis.

HOW TO GET THERE…

AIR: Edinburgh airport is about 30 minutes’ drive north west of the stadium
CAR: Take the A8 or A71 into Edinburgh city centre then follow the signs to the stadium. There is very little if any parking available at the stadium, however park & ride sites can be found at Hermiston and Ingliston and extra services are added on matchdays
RAIL: Edinburgh Haymarket railway station is 10-15 minutes’ walk away


MURRAYFIELD STADIUM
Corstophine Road, Edinburgh EH12 5PJ
Scotland

More information at:

SCOTLAND: Murrayfield Stadium

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Wales

Millennium Stadium, WalesNOW widely acknowledged as one of the world’s best sports and entertainment venues, the newly re-branded Principality Stadium (formerly Millennium) replaced nearby Cardiff Arms Park as the home of Wales Rugby Union in 1999. Boasting a capacity of 74,500, it has a fully retractable roof and was designed to be a multi-purpose event venue. It hosts football matches (FA Cup finals and Wales internationals), speedway Grands Prix, rugby league, indoor cricket and boxing, not to mention pop concerts. It is essentially a concrete stadium into which pallets of natural grass can be rolled for sporting events.

HOW TO GET THERE…

AIR: Wales International airport is 20 minutes’ drive from stadium
CAR: From the M4, take Junction 28 to Cardiff then the A48 west to the city centre. There is no parking at the stadium but it is readily available around the city
RAIL: Cardiff Central Railway Station is 5 minutes’ walk from the stadium, and First Great Western runs to and from London, Birmingham, Manchester and south-west England. Arriva Trains Wales branch line connects with Ebbw Vale, Rhymney, Merthyr, Aberdare, Coryton, Penarth and Barry

 

PRINCIPALITY STADIUM
Westgate Street, Cardiff CF10 1NS
Wales

More information at:

Principality Stadium Cardiff

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