London Irish to play last few home games at Quins' The Stoop this term

London Irish to play remaining home games at Harlequins’ The Stoop this season as Premiership Rugby outfit’s tenancy at Madjeski Stadium expires and their new ground at Brentford’s Community Stadium is yet to be ready

  • London Irish faced the prospect of being homeless going into the rugby restart
  • The Exiles’ tenancy at Reading FC’s Madejski Stadium has expired
  • And their new home at Brentford FC’s Community Stadium – is not ready yet
  • Yet, Harlequins have stepped in and offered The Stoop as a temporary home

London Irish will play their remaining home matches at Harlequins’ home of The Stoop when the Premiership resumes next month.

The Exiles’ tenancy at Reading FC’s Madejski Stadium has run out but their new home – Brentford FC’s Community Stadium – is not ready yet.

So Quins have allowed Irish to play their final 2019-20 season home games in Twickenham, only a few miles from their training base in Sunbury.

London Irish will play their last few home games of the rugby season at Harlequins’ The Stoop

The announcement means that Irish’s home match against Saracens – previously scheduled for Sunday August 30 – will now take place the following day on the Bank Holiday Monday, to avoid a clash with Harlequins hosting Northampton Saints.

On the sharing move London Irish CEO Brian Facer said: ‘Although we may be fierce competitors with Harlequins on the field, even rivals can support each other during extraordinary circumstances such as these, and I would like to thank the Quins Board, and in particular their Chief Executive Laurie Dalrymple and his team, for their positivity in accommodating our matches.’

Harlequins CEO Laurie Dalrymple said: ‘We are delighted to support our soon to be returning neighbours to be able to complete the 2019-20 Premiership season.

‘The Club is doing everything within its power to help get the sport back on its feet following the substantial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

‘With that in mind, Harlequins have come to an agreement that London Irish will play their remaining five home games in Twickenham, one of which comes against Harlequins.’

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