2 October

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Twickenham Stadium Opened Today

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Twickenham Stadium, in south-west London, opened on this day in 1909 with a match between the Harlequins and Richmond rugby union clubs.


Constructed on land previously used to grow cabbages, it has been affectionately known as "the Cabbage Patch" ever since. Its agricultural leanings came back to the fore when it was used during World War I to graze cattle, horses and sheep. Owned and operated by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), it is currently the third-largest rugby union stadium in the world and is home ground to the English rugby union team. Its inauguration capacity for 20,000 spectators has grown to 82,000.

Today we are raising a toast to all the players who have stepped on to the pitch at Twickenham with (no insult intended) a Sophisticated Savage.

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