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in her own words


'The Rugby World Cup: In Her Own Words' explores the story of the eight World Cups for women so far, from 1991 in Wales to 2017 in Ireland, and looks ahead to the delayed 2021 event being held in New Zealand later this year.

Through written history, quotes from players from through the years, moving footage and memorabilia like shirts and medals, the exhibition will run right through to the end of the year.

Another star object includes the original Rugby World Cup trophy, which will go on display for the first time after being missing for more than 15 years.

The exhibition has been curated as a partnership between the Museum itself, Ali Donnelly the founder of women's rugby website Scrumqueens and Dr Lydia Furse, an expert on the history of the game.

"The World Rugby Museum is proud to promote women's rugby within the permanent exhibitions and to take this additional opportunity to shine a light on the fantastic heritage of the women's Rugby World Cups in the build up to the delayed RWC 2021," said Dr Lydia Furse, Education and Community Outreach Officer at the World Rugby Museum.

The exhibition celebrates the early pioneers of women's rugby as well as the progress the women's game has made since the first World Cup in 1991, where organisers were volunteers and players all paid their own way to compete.

It also looks at the evolution of the sport into a more professional game, with contracted players attracting major crowds and broadcast deals.

The exhibition will increase knowledge of the growth of women's rugby and generate interest ahead of the Rugby World Cup later this year in New Zealand where the Black Ferns will be defending their title on home turf.


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Map & Directions

Road Directions

By car

Twickenham Stadium is on the northern side of the A316 into London. From the M25, exit J12 onto the M3. This becomes the A316 and Twickenham Stadium is off the Whitton Road roundabout.

From London, turn right off the A316 at Whitton Road roundabout.



Complimentary car parking is available for World Rugby Museum and Twickenham Stadium Tour visitors, except on event days.


Parking is generally in the West Car Park (via Gate D, Rugby Road, TW1 1DZ). Occasionally during event periods the West Car Park will be closed and alternative parking will be available.


UPCOMING CLOSURES: The West Car Park will be closed Sunday 17 April - Sunday 29 May 2022.


From Monday 9 May alternative parking will be available in the North Car Park (via Gate D, Rugby Road, TW1 1DZ), except on event days.


In order to get free parking, visitors will need to register their vehicles on arrival at the England Rugby Store. Failure to register may result in a Parking Charge Notice (PCN) being issued.


Please note - parking is not available on event days.

Public Transport Directions

By bus

The following buses travel to the World Rugby Museum: 281, 481, 681 (1 minute walk), H20 (5 minute walk), 267 (8 minute walk), R68, R70, 33, 290, 110, H22 or 490 - (10-15 minute walk).


By train

Approximate time from Richmond upon Thames stations: Richmond Rail & Tube (8 minute train) Twickenham Rail Station (10 minute walk), Whitton Rail Station (20 minute walk), St Margaret's Rail Station (20 minute walk), Hounslow East Tube (30 minute bus).

The Rugby World Cup – In her Own Words Exhibition


World Rugby Museum, Twickenham Stadium, Whitton Road, Twickenham, London, TW2 7BA

Tel: 0208 892 8877

Opening Times

Season (1 Aug 2022 - 31 Oct 2022)

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