The French Rugby Union have announced that they are looking to play internationals away from the Stade de France in Paris.
The first will be the France v Italy game in next season’s 6 Nations it is likely that the venue will be Marseille which is close to the Northern Italy border.
Isn’t it about time that the RFU thought about having a similar policy – if only for one game a season?
Moving out of London would give fans the chance to watch England without having to trek down to London.
Tickets for internationals are expensive enough without the added cost of trains or flights and potentially forking out for somewhere to stay. The beer is pricier in the Capital too.
The RFU acknowledged that the game against Uruguay in the World Cup at the Etihad in Manchester was a big success – even if it was a dead match in the pool stage.
There are a number of football stadiums of a decent size including Old Trafford (76,100), St James (52,405) and Anfield (54,742).
They don’t have the capacity of Twickenham and there would be some loss of revenue – but that’s a small price to pay for the richest Union on the planet isn’t it?