Central London Fanzone kicks off in Trafalgar Square

Rugby fans now have another chance to soak up the RWC 2015 atmosphere in the heart of the English capital.

As Rugby World Cup 2015 moves into its final week, the 15th Fanzone is set to open in Central London's Trafalgar Square.

The tournament has already seen over two million spectators pack into the 13 match venues, and around 900,000 fans also have visited the official Fanzones located in each host city, as well as in Rugby, the birthplace of the game.

Something for everyone

With excitement building towards the final week of the tournament, Mayor of London Boris Johnson is supporting the week-long celebration of rugby in Trafalgar Square, starting on 23 October. People of all ages are welcome to enjoy a variety of rugby-themed activities, from touch rugby taster sessions to rugby highlights on a big screen presented by a live MC. Entry to the Fanzone will also be free.

Managing Director of England Rugby 2015, Stephen Brown, said: "The Trafalgar Square Fanzone is a fantastic addition to the tournament as we approach our final week. Providing fans travelling to England's capital with an iconic city centre location to soak up the atmosphere, watch highlights and participate in rugby taster sessions, the Fanzone will be a celebration of rugby, the tournament, and the fans who have welcomed the world to England and Cardiff throughout the past seven weeks. We are also delighted that the nationwide celebration continues with Fanzones still open in Richmond, Exeter and Rugby as we move towards an exciting end of Rugby World Cup 2015.”

Iconic setting

The Richmond, Exeter and Rugby Fanzones will show the semi-finals and the Final of Rugby World Cup 2015 on their big screens. The Trafalgar Square Fanzone will host a one-off live screening of the Final so that fans can enjoy the iconic central London setting.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "This has been the biggest and most successful Rugby World Cup to date and the past five weeks have captivated the whole country and rugby fans across the globe. With fans finding new teams to support as well as getting behind their own nation, it has been a thrilling tournament – and there is more to come. As the tournament reaches its climax, come down to Trafalgar Square to be part of this greatest celebration of rugby."

Trafalgar Square Fanzone Schedule

Friday, 23 October to Sunday, 25 October
10:00 to 16:00 each day
Fanzone: Trafalgar Square will host a range of rugby-themed activities, sponsor attractions and entertainment, including:

  • The Webb Ellis Cup on display in Trafalgar Square in the Land Rover Trophy Tour Defender 
  • A big screen showing a wide range of rugby highlights hosted by a live MC
  • The Emirates 360 Experience
  • The MasterCard Bus featuring an anthem booth, face painting and a 'referee' MC
  • A Heineken Bar
  • The Canterbury roadshow with activities including a speed test and diving try attraction
  • Coca Cola sampling carts
  • The Dove+Men Care Scrum Together Up and Under Challenge
  • Official Rugby World Cup 2015 merchandise on sale
  • The London Sport Introduction to Rugby and have-a-go set-up.

Monday, 26 October to Thursday, 29 October
10:00 to 17:00 each day
'Find Rugby' hosted by the RFU

Over four days, the RFU is hosting four 'Find Rugby' days, aimed at encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in the sport.

Trafalgar Square will be transformed with a purpose-built astroturf pitch, rugby-themed games and an information area. On 'Find Rugby' Day 1, the RFU showcases it All Schools programme. 'Find Rugby' Day 2 welcomes a touch rugby showcase seeing former Rugby World Cup 2003 England winners Jason Robinson and Jason Leonard getting involved. Days 3 and 4 bring the RFU's Keep Your Boots On and Return to Rugby initiatives to Trafalgar Square, designed to raise awareness of opportunities to stay involved in Rugby and encouraging former players to return to the game through refereeing and coaching opportunities and social rugby sessions. Day 4 will also showcase Rugby Women, a scheme aiming to attract an additional 10,000 females into rugby.

Friday, 30 October
10:00 to 20:00 
Fanzone: Trafalgar Square will host a range of Rugby-themed activities, sponsor attractions and entertainment, including

  • A big screen showing a wide range of rugby highlights hosted by a live MC
  • The Emirates 360 Experience
  • The MasterCard Bus featuring an anthem booth, face painting and a 'referee' MC
  • A Heineken Bar
  • The Canterbury roadshow with activities including a speed test and diving try attraction
  • Coca Cola sampling carts
  • The Dove+Men Care Scrum Together Up and Under Challenge
  • Official Rugby World Cup 2015 merchandise on sale
  • The London Sport Introduction to Rugby and have-a-go set-up.

Saturday, 31 October
10:00 to 20:00
Fanzone: The Central London Fanzone will again welcome fans to Trafalgar Square for rugby-themed activities, sponsor attractions and entertainment, including a live screening of the Rugby World Cup 2015 Final.

For more information about Rugby World Cup 2015 events in Trafalgar Square please go to www.london.gov.uk/events.

For information about Rugby World Cup 2015 events and activities, including the live screening of the semi-finals at the Richmond Fanzone and additional Fanzones across England, go to www.rugbyworldcup.com/fanzones.