CONFIRMED: London Irish are leaving the Madejski Stadium

London Irish will end two decades of playing at Reading’s Madejski Stadium when they move into Brentford’s new Community Stadium from the 2020/21 season.

The Exiles, who were relegated from the Premiership last season, started off playing in Sunbury and spent a season at Twickenham’s Stoop in 1999 before becoming tenants of Reading Football Club in 2000.

But they will now return closer to their spiritual home, shortly after construction work on Brentford’s new 17,250-seater stadium on Lionel Road finishes.

London Irish Owner Mick Crossan said: “We’re delighted to be moving to the new Brentford Community Stadium with Brentford FC.

“It has been a long-held ambition to return to our roots in west London, and this stadium has everything we need – location, capacity and facilities – to re-establish ourselves as London’s authentic top-flight rugby club. We can’t wait to start playing there!”

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