Scottish Rugby Exiles Moving To Chiswick?

Negotiations for new stadium in City of Westminster grounds at “very advanced stage”

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The Times reported that London Scottish are planning to leave their current grounds they have shared with Richmond Rugby Club for more than a century to take up a residence in Chiswick.

The club's Saudi sponsors are said to be putting £2m into redeveloping the University of Westminster sports ground near Chiswick Bridge. A new stand and capacity for 10,000 supporters is planned for completion as early as the start of next season.

Founded in 1878, London Scottish has a glorious history, producing more Scotland internationals than any other club. Today the club has big ambitions and has secured a three-year investment of £1.5 million with the aim of raising it from National Division 3 to National Division 1.

According to The Times' article, the Scots are getting itchy, fearing that training opportunities in Richmond are inadequate if the club is to achieve its quick promotion aims.

Negotiations for the move are at a “very advanced stage”, a rugby source told The Times, although it is understood that final terms have yet to be agreed.

We asked for comment from London Scottish Rugby Club and are awaiting a response.

March 25, 2009