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Top 5: Playfinder venues during the Rugby World Cup

Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup is underway and we’ve already witnessed some spectacular matches, with the hosts Japan shocking the world number one side in Ireland. The so-called ‘tier 2’ nations have shown they aren’t simply at the tournament to make up the numbers. Fiji gave Australia a huge scare in their opening group game, whilst Tonga and Samoa have also put in some valiant displays. England have made a strong start, without being spectacular, securing bonus point wins in their opening two group games – but certainly have tougher tests ahead of them.

If watching the Rugby World Cup has got you itching to play, Playfinder has detailed 5 of the best venues in the UK to practice your skills below!


Rosslyn Park Rugby Club – London

Rosslyn Park rugby club offers some of the best facilities in London. The venue is situated in south-west London, just a short walk from Barnes station. The superb 3G astroturf pitch is kept in immaculate condition and caters for a game even during those wet and windy evenings in the middle of winter. Given the nature of the surface, you needn’t worry about the pitch cutting up or becoming unplayable due to any adverse weather. Training or matches are ensured to be played in the highest quality conditions – enhancing your experience at Rosslyn Park!

Rosslyn Park Rugby Club Union | 3G Astroturf rugby pitch


AJ Bell Stadium – Manchester

If you’re a resident to the city of Manchester and trying to secure a pitch for a game of rugby, look no further than AJ Bell Stadium. Situated in Salford – a short ride from Patricroft station – the state-of-the-art facility has a number of rugby pitches available to hire, including the possibility of hiring out the 12,000 seater stadium for larger events. Outside of the stadium, the venue offers an immaculate grass pitch, as well as 3G astroturf pitch for either training or matches. If you’re looking for the highest quality for your game, this is the venue for you.

AJ Bell Stadium Union | Grass rugby pitch


ALSAA – Dublin

Looking to get some rugby practice in Ireland? Perhaps you think you deserve a late call-up to Japan after the world number one ranked side were toppled by the hosts in a cracking game. If you’re looking to sharpen your skills, ALSAA represents the perfect venue and opportunity for you to do so. Located slightly north of Dublin in Toberbunny, the centres offers a sensational grass pitch available to hire, which is kept well year round. Late night practice after work also won’t cause a problem here, with the pitches fully floodlit and remaining open until 23:00 during the week. If you’re a Dublin resident, get yourself down to ALSAA.

ALSAA Union | Grass rugby pitch


Mowsbury Park – Bedford

Mowsbury Park offers a number of scenic rugby pitches in the borough of Bedford. Situated north of Luton, the excellent playing surface is perfectly suited to either training or matches, whether that be a semi-professional standard, or if you’re just embarking on a new career in rugby. If you’re local to the area and looking for a rugby pitch to hire, look no further. The park is easily accessible by car with free parking available, otherwise the venue is just a short ride away from Bedford train station. So grab 15 players and get down to Mowsbury Park for a game.

Mowsbury Park Pitch | Grass rugby pitch


Tooting and Mitcham Community Sports Club – London

Last, but certainly by no means least, is the cracking venue of Tooting and Mitcham Community Sports Club, situated in south-London. Home to Isthmian League football side Tooting and Mitcham FC, the venue offers superb facilities to hire including a 3G astroturf rugby pitch which is ideally suited to club training. Book this venue in just a few clicks through the online calendar on the venue page. Kept in immaculate condition all-year round, you’ll be itching to return after your session is finished!

Tooting and Mitcham Community Sports Club Union | 3G Astroturf rugby pitch


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