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Harrogate Rugby Club launches new ground in style with local derby

The first game of the new season played at Harrogate Rugby Club’s new ground at Rudding Lane is set to be one to remember as Harrogate face local rivals Otley.

With crowds of more than 1,000 expected to gather on Saturday 5 September, regular rugby goers, new comers and the local community are invited to experience the new facilities.

Club chairman, James Smithies

The day will begin with a short opening ceremony and unveiling of a plaque by president of the Yorkshire RFU Brian Umpleby followed by a blessing led by Rev John Smith.  Ahead of kick off at 3pm the new Harrogate Rugby Club flag will be raised. The flag has been donated by the Friends of Harrogate Rugby. The Mayor of Harrogate Councillor Nigel Simms will say a few words.

Other activities on the day include performances from the Harrogate Harmony Barbershop Chorus as well as a selection of food stalls including a hog roast and an outdoor bar.


Club chairman James Smithies said:

What better way to welcome people to the new club ground than with a local derby which is set to be full of excitement.

It has taken the club 15 years to finally move from our old home at Claro Road where we spent a very happy 119 years. This first match marks a significant milestone in Harrogate Rugby Club’s history. We are very proud of the new clubhouse and grounds and we look forward to welcoming Otley here on Saturday.


Supporters can arrive at the ground in style on board the 770 service from Transdev which will drop off at the newly named Harrogate Rugby Club stop on Rudding Lane.

Fans can leave their cars at home and catch the 2.05pm from Stand 9, getting to the ground for 2.18pm for £3.50 return. Return services to Harrogate will run at 17.16, 18.16 and 19.22. For a full schedule visit

Harrogate Rugby last played Otley in January and won 20-10.

Admission is £10 for adults including a programme and free for children under 16.

The match is sponsored by Marshall Zoing. For more details on sponsorship opportunities contact Club chairman James Smithies on

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