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Rugby chiefs ditch plan to sell Twickenham

NEWS: England rugby chiefs have ditched a shock proposal to sell Twickenham and buy a 50 percent share in Wembley from the Football Association.

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The radical idea to quit the home of English rugby was considered by the Rugby Football Union’s board last year but discounted without a formal approach to the FA.

“The RFU is focused on continuing to develop Twickenham,” said an RFU statement.

“Previous considerations looking at the viability of moving to alternative sites have been rejected. We do not anticipate major stadium works starting before 2027.”

A “masterplan programme” outlines plans for a revamp of Twickenham, in southwest London, which has been England’s home since it was built in 1909.

Beginning the overhaul between the 2027 and 2028 Six Nations tournaments would minimise disruption due to the absence of an autumn schedule in a World Cup year.

“Our long-term masterplan for Twickenham is being developed to ensure England’s national rugby stadium stays up to date, is compliant with all relevant regulations, provides the best possible experiences for fans and continues to generate revenue for reinvestment into the community and professional game,” the RFU statement said.

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