England routed Scotland last Saturday 61-21 in a scintillating display of precision passing and power at Twickenham to retain the Six Nations title with a game to spare.
The Richmond & Twickenham Times sent down Marceline Powell from our marketing department to watch the match and get a behind-the-scenes look at Twickenham stadium on match day.
As I arrived at 2pm ahead of the game, the train was packed with excited fans but I couldn't have anticipated the atmosphere on the route through Twickenham.
The English and the Scots were already engaging in competitive banter, and the costumes and bagpipers added to the buzz of excitement and expectation.
When I arrived at the media gate to collect my pass I was pleasantly surprised to be met at the gate by my host Chris Donnelly, the community relations officer, who greeted me with an access all areas pass and we proceeded to do a tour of the stadium and a range of routes surrounding it.
The stadium itself is steeped in rich history having been built in 1810 but the modern day challenges of managing the logistics for an international game like this is quite remarkable.
The RFU do a great job looking after traffic control, crowd control, and even toilet control.
The RFU invest heavily in the local area to keep disruption to a minimum for local residents.
Residents practically become prisoners in their own homes for a couple of hours before and after the game with limited access to their own driveways. Some savvy individuals have learned how to cash in on the big games, and do very well renting out their driveways to vendors and their houses to international fans for a fee.
Mr Donnelly explained that one of the main challenges with an international game such as this the threat of terrorism, especially with two members of the royal family and a secretary of state in attendance.
Despite all the disruption to the local streets and residents, the RFU have told me they only received one complaint.
Mr Donnelly said: “The highlight for me is seeing all the measures which we have taken swing into action and work effectively.
“To get 82,000 people through a residential area with minimal disruption can be tough but I’m always grateful to the whole team for all the effort they make.
“I don’t think that people realise just how many different agencies are involved, the RFU, the council, TfL, police, stewards, volunteers, local businesses and South West Trains.”