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Rugby in London

Whether you’re a fan of Rugby Union or Rugby League, enjoy the action or visit iconic grounds in London.
The exterior of Twickenham Stadium, with a statue of rugby players catching a ball at a lineout. Taken on a clear day.
Twickenham Stadium © visitlondon.com/Antoine Buchet.

The general Rugby Union season takes place between September and May, while Rugby League usually runs from February to October.

Tickets for major rugby matches can be hard to come by, but there are many London rugby clubs where you can enjoy a game. Find more details about each below.

Don't miss the chance to see Rugby League World Cup 2021 games in London, as the men's, women's and wheelchair competitions are brought together for the first time.

Twickenham Stadium

A statue of a rugby player after kicking a ball, and a gold lion statue.

Twickenham Stadium hosts many international matches as well as London Sevens and club competition finals.

Rugby fans shouldn’t miss the World Rugby Museum and Twickenham Stadium tour, which includes a behind-the-scenes visit to the famous ground and a look at memorabilia and exhibits charting the history of rugby.

Rugby Union clubs in London

Harlequins

One of the founding members of the RFU, "Quins" are recognisable for their multi-coloured jerseys, and play home matches at Twickenham Stoop Stadium in south-west London.

London Scottish

The first of the teams known as the “Exiles” (which also includes London Irish and London Welsh) to be formed, London Scottish play at Richmond Athletic Ground in south-west London.

London Irish

Taking inspiration from London Scottish and London Welsh, London Irish were set up as a sports club for the Irish in 1898. Today, their home matches take place at the Brentford Community Stadium in west London.

Richmond

Richmond are one of the oldest “football” clubs of any code in the world. The south-west London team, which was formed in 1861, currently share the Richmond Athletic Ground with London Scottish.

Saracens

Saracens, who have enjoyed multiple Premiership wins in recent decades, play home matches at the StoneX (Copthall) Stadium in Hendon, north London.

Ealing Trailfinders

Run on behalf of its members, Ealing Trailfinders play their home matches at Trailfinders Sports Club in West Ealing, west London.

Rugby League clubs in London

London Broncos

The only professional Rugby League club in the south of England, the London Broncos have had various London homes, but currently play their matches at the Trailfinders Sports Club in west London.

Find more sport in London or enjoy stadium tours across the capital.