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Topic: Best Rugby Grounds in the World
Posted By: The Blues
Subject: Best Rugby Grounds in the World
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2020 at 17:07
Two Championship clubs appear on the list - 1 on the lost grounds and the other in the current.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/from-vibrant-clermont-to-the-southern-tip-of-new-zealand-rugbys-greatest-stadiums-ranked-gv9gv7rd8?shareToken=bdb8ebb93a2eaf44bb96a2ddf1503f22" rel="nofollow - https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/from-vibrant-clermont-to-the-southern-tip-of-new-zealand-rugbys-greatest-stadiums-ranked-gv9gv7rd8?shareToken=bdb8ebb93a2eaf44bb96a2ddf1503f22



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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2020 at 17:44
Unmissable? I still miss it terribly.

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Posted By: Ex Coach
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2020 at 18:29
I always used to love cov v moseley on Boxing  Day in the good old days always a cracking  game and a virtual sell out and then the Tigers v the Barbarians on the next day. They were proper Christmases sadly never likely to return 

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Posted By: corporalcarrot
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2020 at 18:34
I have been to a few and my absolute favourite was Tynedale (Jersey won by lots & GT got sent off) followed by a night on the Toon closely followed by Ayr which was genuinely gorgeous. The bar at Roth with Iron & Steel on tap is unforgettable although in all honesty the ground was naff but the banter brilliant. Mose pre-Christmas and a curry in Brum afterwards sound good but so does a beer in the Dock in Penzance & Jersey beating Pirates by a point or two. Keep safe all.

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Posted By: Robb
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2020 at 19:18
Glad they did that bonus at the bottom because it's about proper rugby grounds, not corporate BS.

Putting T*ttenham's stadium in there is a crime because its only hosted 1(?) rugby match and its suddenly amoung the best for rugby. I've been there and it is just so soulless and corporate.

I wish they actually focussed it on real rugby grounds, not professional bull


Posted By: isleonian
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2020 at 20:46
What about Hull v KR on Boxing Day? Nowadays the
'new' KCOM stadium takes some beating.
 
For most pleasant enjoyable ground, I nominate Loftus Versfeld.


Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2020 at 22:31
Originally posted by isleonian isleonian wrote:

What about Hull v KR on Boxing Day? Nowadays the
'new' KCOM stadium takes some beating.
 
For most pleasant enjoyable ground, I nominate Loftus Versfeld.
Preferred The Boulevard, but I certainly prefer Craven Park to the KC.


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Posted By: Sid James
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2020 at 22:40
Originally posted by Kimbo Kimbo wrote:

Originally posted by isleonian isleonian wrote:

What about Hull v KR on Boxing Day? Nowadays the
'new' KCOM stadium takes some beating.
 
For most pleasant enjoyable ground, I nominate Loftus Versfeld.
Preferred The Boulevard, but I certainly prefer Craven Park to the KC.

Well said Kimbo. KC is a Footbal stadium. No atmosphere. 
Can't believe any list of best rugby grounds that doesn't include Cross Green, Otley or the Avenue, Wharfedale.
And of course, Brantingham Park on a sunny day is an absolute pleasure.



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Posted By: islander
Date Posted: 20 Apr 2020 at 08:09
Very fond memories of my trip to Wharfedale [ article from then link http://https://www.jerseyreds.je/news_article/wharfedale-diary/" rel="nofollow - HERE if anyone's interested ]. Would love to go back, and might try & get to Tynedale as well...


Posted By: JonDee
Date Posted: 20 Apr 2020 at 08:28
Originally posted by islander islander wrote:

Very fond memories of my trip to Wharfedale [ article from then link http://https://www.jerseyreds.je/news_article/wharfedale-diary/" rel="nofollow - HERE if anyone's interested ]. Would love to go back, and might try & get to Tynedale as well...<div id="ypm-extension" ="ypm-extension">


Would agree had some great trips stayed at The Old Hall Inn at Threshfield the landlord at the time was very involved with the Club and used to give us a lift to the ground had some great times.


Posted By: Richard Lowther
Date Posted: 20 Apr 2020 at 10:14
Lost stadiums, College Grove Wakefield.  Cry

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Posted By: CJB1
Date Posted: 20 Apr 2020 at 11:52
Anyone for Pandy Park, home of Cross Keys?  Deep in a green valley, sheltered from the noise of the local traffic, and with trains passing over a nearby viaduct every half hour.  The beer could be better, and bits of the stadium need some TLC, but overall a lovely day out.


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Posted By: Taffy
Date Posted: 20 Apr 2020 at 12:31
Originally posted by CJB1 CJB1 wrote:

Anyone for Pandy Park, home of Cross Keys?  Deep in a green valley, sheltered from the noise of the local traffic, and with trains passing over a nearby viaduct every half hour.  The beer could be better, and bits of the stadium need some TLC, but overall a lovely day out.


For me it has to be Abertillery Park  http://twitter.com/evrfc/status/500968571280060416?s=20" rel="nofollow - http://twitter.com/evrfc/status/500968571280060416?s=20


Posted By: isleonian
Date Posted: 20 Apr 2020 at 14:10
Coulman Road on a dry day?


Posted By: Wobbler
Date Posted: 20 Apr 2020 at 14:10
Originally posted by CJB1 CJB1 wrote:

Anyone for Pandy Park, home of Cross Keys?  Deep in a green valley, sheltered from the noise of the local traffic, and with trains passing over a nearby viaduct every half hour.  The beer could be better, and bits of the stadium need some TLC, but overall a lovely day out.

My favourite away day.


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Posted By: islander
Date Posted: 20 Apr 2020 at 14:44
Originally posted by CJB1 CJB1 wrote:

Anyone for Pandy Park, home of Cross Keys?  Deep in a green valley, sheltered from the noise of the local traffic, and with trains passing over a nearby viaduct every half hour.  The beer could be better, and bits of the stadium need some TLC, but overall a lovely day out.

Given how many thousands of rugby grounds there are in the world, I wouldn't support the inclusion of a ground with sub-standard beer in the lofty heights of the global top 10!


Posted By: Cherub
Date Posted: 20 Apr 2020 at 17:04
I have to agree with some of the comments above who give a mention to Wharfedale’s lovely ground in Threshfield, just outside Grassington, in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales. As an exiled Ampthill supporter living in North Yorkshire, Wharfedale is my adopted local club. The surrounds are so picturesque, you never have to wait long for a pint at the bar, the crowds are usually between 500-700, and the standard of rugby is usually very high. And with Harrogate being promoted to the same division for next season, there is plenty to look forward to.


Posted By: strent
Date Posted: 21 Apr 2020 at 20:38
Originally posted by CJB1 CJB1 wrote:

Anyone for Pandy Park, home of Cross Keys?  Deep in a green valley, sheltered from the noise of the local traffic, and with trains passing over a nearby viaduct every half hour.  The beer could be better, and bits of the stadium need some TLC, but overall a lovely day out.

You clearly have never had the pleasure of playing there on a wet Wednesday in December! 


Posted By: isleonian
Date Posted: 23 Apr 2020 at 12:53
Castle Park in the sun!


Posted By: Raider999
Date Posted: 23 Apr 2020 at 13:39
Any ground with a decent game on at present.

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Posted By: corporalcarrot
Date Posted: 23 Apr 2020 at 14:03
Originally posted by isleonian isleonian wrote:


Castle Park in the sun!
Brilliant playing surface, pies, Bovril, beer, banter on the terrace opposite the stand and proper competitive rugby - gets my vote even if it is not sunny.

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Posted By: Pappashanga
Date Posted: 23 Apr 2020 at 14:12
Used to live in Newlands and walk down there every Saturday to watch the club rugby. I recall so many matches - Test, provincial and touring sides from everywhere. The cricket ground is nearby and was also a feast of sport.
Now it's the RAG, which has a lot of charm and good rugby.


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Posted By: isleonian
Date Posted: 23 Apr 2020 at 15:42
Nice one Pappashanga, and a half decent club for a beer and a bite?
 
But as grounds go I do have a preference for Loftus Versfelt?
 
Maak nie saak nie, bly veilig en gesond


Posted By: Shush
Date Posted: 23 Apr 2020 at 16:00
 Paviors RFC, Burnstump, Nottingham.

 A rugby club located in the woods. The very same woods that would've been part of the original Sherwood Forest.


Posted By: Pappashanga
Date Posted: 23 Apr 2020 at 16:01
I admit I've never been to Loftus Versveld. Wouldn't have been able to afford the fare for one thing. I had a school friend who used to go to the Wanderers(cricket?)-' Kaaks end Fentas aaver yeer!' Ellis Park I know nothing of.


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Posted By: JonDee
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2020 at 08:48
Originally posted by Shush Shush wrote:

 Paviors RFC, Burnstump, Nottingham.

 A rugby club located in the woods. The very same woods that would've been part of the original Sherwood Forest.


A lovely ground played there many times Son in Law and his Dad are former players and my grandson now plays in the Mini's so still going.


Posted By: isleonian
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2020 at 11:50
Pappashaga, at the 1995 RWC final I was sitting in the very top row of the highest old stand at Ellis Park, the SAA Tristars flew just a little lower than my seat!


Posted By: Pappashanga
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2020 at 13:29
Memories!


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Posted By: JohnLowe
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2020 at 15:06
I was there as well in bottom left hand corner from where Nelson Mandela sat. Flew out from Heathrow on the Thursday and back on the Sunday. Very exhausting not helped by all the alcohol. Everyone very friendly. However couldn’t wait to fly back as the atmosphere around the Holiday Inn where I was staying was very intimidating. Arrived back in Heathrow on Monday morning and flew out to Margarita Island in West Indies on Tuesday morning with wife and daughter for fortnight’s holiday. Even more exhausting but wonderful memories.


Posted By: Pappashanga
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2020 at 15:29
In 1963 the Wallabies played three matches at Newlands -a gainst Southern Universities (Stellenbosch and Cape Town) ,Western Province and a Test.
Our Under 15A played curtain raiser to one of them. I think it was Southern Universities, as the centre, Rob Little, broke his collar bone. The prop, Mervyn Key, was moved to centre and I went from No 8 to prop for the rest of the season. So I nearly played on that hallowed turf, like the Monty Python character who nearly slew the dragon.
I met Rob Little five years ago and didn't recognise him. However I haven't changed much, obviously, as he greeted me by saying his first encounter with me was at prep school when I square cut his first ball for four. Didn't tell him I thought it was a full toss and an off drive. I recalled being bowled soon after.
What it is to be old.


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Posted By: isleonian
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2020 at 17:26
Surprised you say that John Lowe as my recollection is very clearly that the atmosphere in the whole of Jo'berg, and for that matter throughout the country, was electric, positive and dynamic. At that very moment all seemed to be coming together for South Africa and its President, but so sadly not sustained.


Posted By: islander
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2020 at 20:10
Originally posted by isleonian isleonian wrote:

Pappashaga, at the 1995 RWC final I was sitting in the very top row of the highest old stand at Ellis Park, the SAA Tristars flew just a little lower than my seat!

Originally posted by JohnLowe JohnLowe wrote:

I was there as well in bottom left hand corner from where Nelson Mandela sat. Flew out from Heathrow on the Thursday and back on the Sunday. Very exhausting not helped by all the alcohol. Everyone very friendly. However couldn’t wait to fly back as the atmosphere around the Holiday Inn where I was staying was very intimidating. Arrived back in Heathrow on Monday morning and flew out to Margarita Island in West Indies on Tuesday morning with wife and daughter for fortnight’s holiday. Even more exhausting but wonderful memories.

John - having known you for many years, I never knew we were both at this game. My late Father and I entered a comp sponsored by Jacob's Creek in the Evening Standard - and out of 10s of thousands of entries (all correct - the question was to name the nickname of the Australian rugby team) he was picked out as winner of trip for 2. Which meant we got to see Jonah Lomu trample over England one Saturday, and the final 7 days later.

Isleonian - I think I was about 10-15 rows in front of you. The plane came from behind the stand as I recall.

The only shame was that our prize trip was on a package that involved going straight to Jo'burg Airport & home after the game - we were buzzing but missed a rather large party!

Hope we get the chance to discuss further over a beer soon! Beer


Posted By: Clive Norling
Date Posted: 25 Apr 2020 at 12:58
Originally posted by Richard Lowther Richard Lowther wrote:

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Agreed, lovely people there and some great players (Terry Garnett for one) and the sloping pitch ... what was there not to like!


Posted By: JohnLowe
Date Posted: 03 Jun 2020 at 13:54
Tom

By a strange coincidence I also won my trip in a national draw filling my details in on a beer mat.

John


Posted By: tigerburnie
Date Posted: 03 Jun 2020 at 17:46
Welford Road is my favourite English ground, Cardiff Arms Park for a Welsh one and Murrayfield for a Scottish one, been to Ireland but I was fishing not for the rugby. Not been abroad to watch any rugby.


Posted By: gerg_861
Date Posted: 12 Jun 2020 at 18:56
A way to go yet to be world class, but Trailfinders Sports Ground has installed a large LCD panel just off the North East corner of the pitch. Must be about 15x15 feet. Nice addition to the ground.


Posted By: JonDee
Date Posted: 12 Jun 2020 at 19:43
Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

A way to go yet to be world class, but Trailfinders Sports Ground has installed a large LCD panel just off the North East corner of the pitch. Must be about 15x15 feet. Nice addition to the ground.

in what way does this post have anything to do with the Best Rugby Grounds in the World apart from a bit of free advertising


Posted By: gerg_861
Date Posted: 12 Jun 2020 at 21:02
Originally posted by JonDee JonDee wrote:

Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

A way to go yet to be world class, but Trailfinders Sports Ground has installed a large LCD panel just off the North East corner of the pitch. Must be about 15x15 feet. Nice addition to the ground.

in what way does this post have anything to do with the Best Rugby Grounds in the World apart from a bit of free advertising
 
It's a post about an improvement to a Championship rugby ground in a thread about rugby grounds in a forum about the Championship? I guess I could have made a thread just for this, but I thought that would be a bit excessive. I'm in no way affiliated with the club, but saw the new LCD panel when passing by on a run today. I'm not really sure what the need for the hostility is - there's enough of that in the world without adding to it on a friendly rugby board.


Posted By: Shush
Date Posted: 12 Jun 2020 at 21:42
Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

Originally posted by JonDee JonDee wrote:

Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

A way to go yet to be world class, but Trailfinders Sports Ground has installed a large LCD panel just off the North East corner of the pitch. Must be about 15x15 feet. Nice addition to the ground.

in what way does this post have anything to do with the Best Rugby Grounds in the World apart from a bit of free advertising
 
It's a post about an improvement to a Championship rugby ground in a thread about rugby grounds in a forum about the Championship? I guess I could have made a thread just for this, but I thought that would be a bit excessive. I'm in no way affiliated with the club, but saw the new LCD panel when passing by on a run today. I'm not really sure what the need for the hostility is - there's enough of that in the world without adding to it on a friendly rugby board.

 
If Lady Bay had the facilities I'd be announcing it here, so If trailfinders are improving their ground then they're to be congratulated, rugby is the winner.


Posted By: isleonian
Date Posted: 14 Jun 2020 at 12:09
islander, certainly one hell of a party that night, and more back in Cape Town in following days.


Posted By: WEvans
Date Posted: 14 Jun 2020 at 14:54
Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

Originally posted by JonDee JonDee wrote:

Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

A way to go yet to be world class, but Trailfinders Sports Ground has installed a large LCD panel just off the North East corner of the pitch. Must be about 15x15 feet. Nice addition to the ground.

in what way does this post have anything to do with the Best Rugby Grounds in the World apart from a bit of free advertising
 
It's a post about an improvement to a Championship rugby ground in a thread about rugby grounds in a forum about the Championship? I guess I could have made a thread just for this, but I thought that would be a bit excessive. I'm in no way affiliated with the club, but saw the new LCD panel when passing by on a run today. I'm not really sure what the need for the hostility is - there's enough of that in the world without adding to it on a friendly rugby board.

Hear hear!


Posted By: spy28482
Date Posted: 19 Jun 2020 at 20:59
Originally posted by corporalcarrot corporalcarrot wrote:

Originally posted by isleonian isleonian wrote:


Castle Park in the sun!
Brilliant playing surface, pies, Bovril, beer, banter on the terrace opposite the stand and proper competitive rugby - gets my vote even if it is not sunny.


Hey. Don't forget those backed potatoes that they serve!

This is not a joke, I still remember Carrot pointing this out on the menu board a Castle Park.

Couldn't agree more on a few pints of Iron & Steel. Not expensive in the club house either so you could call it an Iron & Steal! Beer


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