QBE Internationals Match Day Entertainment
Saturday, November 16 sees the culmination of the 2013 QBE Internationals at Twickenham Stadium, when England take on World Champions New Zealand. Following a titanic tussle in 2012 when England produced a performance for the ages to defeat New Zealand, this weekend promises to be another match that no one should miss. New Zealand are unbeaten since that defeat in December and England are on a 6 game winning streak at Twickenham, something will have to give.
With the match kicking off at 2.30pm, we would advise fans to enter the stadium at least 45 minutes in advance to enjoy the atmosphere building as the teams prepare to run out.
This weekend also sees England Women taking on their French counterparts. Following their defeat at Twickenham in last season's Six Nations, England will be looking to strike back against a talented French team. Entry is free for all ticket holders.
With the new and improved West Fan Village opening at 11am and the pre-match pitch-side entertainment starting at 1.45pm, the atmosphere promises to be second to none, so make sure you get to the ground well before kick off and soak up the excitement. And if one game of international test rugby isn’t enough, we’ll be showing Ireland v Australia on the BMW Big Screen in the West Fan Village at 5.45.
Fly the flag
If you have a ticket in the east lower and east middle tiers, make sure you get to your seat ahead of the anthems as we’ll be asking you to help us turn the stadium white ahead of the National Anthem being sung. Show your support and help drive the team’s performance.
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The National Anthem will be sung by Laura Wright, England Rugby’s official anthem singer, with the New Zealand anthem being performed by Melissa.
Having sold more than one million albums, Laura has been nominated for a Classical Brit Award for the past two years and performed for the Queen more times than any other artist in 2012. Melissa has sung in some of the greatest venues in the world; working with some of the best in the business including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Charles Mackerras and Sir Antonio Pappano – from The Royal Opera House Covent Garden to the Salzburg Festival.
Giant St George’s cross parade
Another great reason to get yourself to your seat early will be to see the unveiling of our giant St George’s Cross flags – with members of our military forces taking part it will be a fantastic opportunity to get everyone ready for the challenge ahead. Once the flags have completed their journey they will be brought into position by our military crew in time for the challenge ahead.
GUINNESS pre-match pundit
The GUINNESS pre-match pundit will be pitchside and on the big screen. Former England international Lee Mears will be on hand to offer his views of the challenge that lies ahead and who to look out for in this famous fixture. He will be joined at half-time by TV presenters Andi Peters and Ben Sheppard, two of the All Schools ambassadors, to showcase the great work that the RFU initiative is doing to get more kids playing rugby.
Look out for the O2 Angels and O2 cannons at half-time for your chance to get limited edition O2 and England branded goodies. The O2 Angels will be parading around the edge of the pitch and firing out prizes into the lower tiers of the stands.
Find out more about the match day entertainment in our West Fan Village.