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Grounds / Kennington Oval, London
Kennington Oval
Kennington, London, England
Established 1845
Unused 1879 (rugby)
Capacity 20,000 (rugby)
Floodlights No
Other sports Cricket, football, hockey, greyhound racing, lacrosse, Australian Rules Football
Time 08:11, Sun Oct 26, 2014 (UTC +0000)
Notes The venue staged the first rugby international in England in 1872
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As sport took a hold on the national consciousness from the 1850s onwards, Kennington Oval was, briefly, at the hub of cricket, rugby union and football. Used for cricket since 1845, the ground staged the first rugby international in 1872, the same season it was home to the first FA Cup final. Two years earlier it had seen the first football international (as with rugby, against Scotland) and in 1880 it became England's first Test cricket ground.

It hosted seven rugby internationals until 1879, with England winning six and drawing one.
Martin Williamson

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