LONDON WELSH SIGN THREE-YEAR KASSAM STADIUM DEAL

Rugby union side London Welsh have signed a three-year lease extension to remain at Oxford United's Kassam Stadium.

Welsh compete in the second tier of English rugby following their relegation from the Premiership last season, but will continue to play their home matches at the 12,500-capacity ground.

Having announced the extension with their football club tenants, Welsh have ended speculation that they could relocated to a new stadium in Witney.

The former home of Witney Town football club was being lined up as their new home with 10,000-seater redeveloped stadium.

Alongside playing at the Kassam, the Exiles will continue to train at their facility at Old Deer Park.

London Welsh chairman Bleddyn Phillips said: “The Kassam Stadium is an excellent facility with a great pitch and very popular with the club’s players. We are delighted to be in a position to be able to confirm the club's commitment to Oxfordshire with the signing of this agreement.

“We are looking forward to building up and deepening local support in Oxfordshire to help us achieve and continue to play top class rugby in the county."

Posted on 07/04/2014