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A century on - Harlequins Amateurs minis meet Richmond

05 October 2009

  • Harlequins Amateurs Under 7s to play first match in Richmond
  • Game will echo the first ever match at Twickenham Stadium

In the week which marks 100 years of rugby at Twickenham Stadium it is apt that youngsters bearing the name of Harlequins will be taking a significant first step in the game.

It was a century ago on October 2, 1909 that the first match was played at Twickenham – a club fixture between Harlequins and Richmond at what would become the home of England rugby.

This Sunday (October 4) at the nearby Athletic Ground in Richmond, the Under 7s team from Harlequins Amateurs will take part in a development tournament for local clubs which will include a mini-sized, seven-a-side tag rugby version of that original Harlequins v Richmond match.

This is the first season of mini rugby at Harlequins Amateurs, with the club is running teams for around 50 players from U7s up to U12s, so the Richmond encounter will be their first competitive outing.

The RFU is staging a number of special events and activities to celebrate Twickenham Stadium's 100th year including a public vote for the O2 Player of the Century, with the winner announced at a sold-out centenary dinner on November 2, 2009.

In August, Martin Johnson and the England team welcomed 4,500 fans of all ages to the Centenary England Training Day at the stadium, while two Walls of Support are being created from a montage of supporters' photos taken at the ground. Also a fascinating list of the Greatest 100 Moments at Twickenham has been compiled by RFU staff and volunteers, council members, constituent bodies and honorary secretaries, England Rugby Supporters Club members, the RFU president John Owen and England team manager Johnson.

The first international match at Twickenham was England v Wales on January 15, 1910 and this will be commemorated when the two countries meet on February 6 in the 2010 RBS 6 Nations.

More information is available on Twickenham’s centenary on the RFU website.