The NFL have announced that they have reached a three-year agreement with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to hold at least three International Series games at the home of English Rugby from 2016. The first game will be held in October 2016, with the specific matchup to be announced later in the year. There is also the option to hold an additional two games during the life of the agreement, meaning potentially up to 5 NFL games at Twickenham between 2016 and 2018. With the NFL’s recent announcement that they will continue to play at least two games a year at Wembley until 2020, this could see at least three NFL regular season games a year in 2016 and 2017, and with the arrangement with Tottenham Hotspur FC to host at least two regular season NFL games at the new White Hart Lane stadium from 2018, this means that 2018 could see six regular season games held in London – two at Twickenham, two at Wembley, and two at the new White Hart Lane. This also means that 2016 will be the first time the International Series has been held at a different location to Wembley Stadium, and therefore the first time it will be held at two separate venues in the same year.
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