Brighton embraces historic first

As the Brighton Community Stadium hosted its first ever rugby match last Friday, a title-deciding Six Nations clash between England and France Under 20s, headed to the south coast to find out what the locals made of the spectacle.

England won their fourth Under 20s Six Nations title in five years last week, as they lit up the Brighton Community Stadium with the first ever rugby match to be played at the Rugby World Cup 2015 venue.

Just over 12,000 people, a record crowd for an Under 20s rugby match in England, packed into the ground to see the Rugby World Cup 2015 host nation relieve France of the Six Nations title, a victory made all the more special for the home crowd by a Man of the Match performance from local boy James Chisholm.


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The match in Brighton formed part of tournament organiser England Rugby 2015’s operational testing plan ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015. The testing programme is being carried out in partnership with a number of stakeholders involved in tournament-time delivery plans, including host cities and match venues.

Other test events this year include Northampton Saints v Saracens at Stadium MK on 25 April and Samoa v Barbarians at the Olympic Stadium on 29 August. Transport testing will also be in place for the England warm-up matches at Twickenham Stadium in the weeks before the tournament.