Forthcoming Events

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Forthcoming Events

1 January 2023

Gilbert Global Pass

200 passes of a Gilbert match ball around the globe - one pass for each year since William Webb Ellis took the ball in his arms and ran with it on The Close.

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1 January 2023

2023 Exhibition

Visit the birthplace of the game and see The Close where rugby football first began, visit our 2023 exhibition and learn about how the game has developed since William Webb Ellis first took the ball in his arms and ran with it.

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31 January 2023

Bicentenary of rugby football Art Competition

Rugby School, along with Rugby Borough Council and the Wooden Spoon charity, are running....

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25 March 2023

International Schools U18s Sevens Tournament

We are delighted to be hosting a Bicentenary International Schools U18s Sevens Tournament on Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th March 2023.

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1 April 2023

Warwickshire U14s Sevens Tournament

We are delighted to invite Warwickshire Schools to an U14s male & female Sevens tournament on Saturday, 1st April 2023; 10am to 4pm.

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7 April 2023

U9s Rugby Club Festival

Give your team the chance to play on the birthplace of the game, The Close, which for 2023 will be a new high-quality natural sand-based pitch.

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8 April 2023

U11s Rugby Club Festival

Give your team the chance to play on the birthplace of the game, The Close, which for 2023 will be a new high-quality sand-based pitch.

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10 April 2023

Vets Rugby Club Sevens

Give your team the chance to play on the birthplace of the game, The Close, which for 2023 will be a new high-quality natural sand-based pitch.

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23 April 2023

World’s Largest Rugby Scrum

On Sunday 23rd April 2023 we will be attempting the World's Largest uncontested rugby scrum on the hallowed pitch, The Close, Rugby School. The current world record is 2,586 people, so we are looking for 3,000 participants!

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24 June 2023

XV Celebration Ball – Rugbeian Event

An evening of celebration and entertainment in a spectacular marquee at the birthplace of the game, Rugby School.

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24 June 2023

Re-enactment of the game

Further details to follow…

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25 June 2023

Festival on The Close 2023: With a Fine Disregard

A major public festival of arts and education since 2017.

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2 July 2023

Webb Ellis Cycle Pilgrimage: The Close to Twickenham Day 1

Join us for the first leg of this journey from The Close to Twickenham. 98.5 miles in one day!

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2 July 2023

Twickenham Celebration

Join us for a pitch-side celebration at Twickenham, the home of the game, where we will welcome the cyclists who have cycled 98.5 miles from The Close, birthplace of the game!

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3 July 2023

Webb Ellis Cycle Pilgrimage: The Close to Menton

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2 September 2023

The Rugby Heritage Cup Pontlevoy 2023

Schools from countries participating in the Rugby World Cup France 2023 are being invited to take part in the first Heritage Cup at Abbaye de Pontlevoy, France.

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18 November 2023

The Legends at Rugby A Double Centenary Celebration in aid of Cure Parkinson’s

Organised by the charity Cure Parkinson’s in conjunction with the School, this event will not only celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the game, but also the 100th Anniversary of the famous match that took place at the School when an England and Wales team played against a Scotland and Ireland team.

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7 December 2023

Rugby School Girls XI Guest Match

Further details to be announced

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7 December 2023

Rugby School XV Guest Match

Further details to be announced 

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