The English Rugby Football Union is planning a chain of rugby-themed High Street coffee shops.

The RFU wants to open the first "Cafe Rugby" at its headquarters in Twickenham, West London, rolling the concept out across the UK by 2003.

Towns and cities targeted for the concept are all places with a strong rugby union following, including Leicester, Richmond in West London, Bath and Bristol. The cafes would feature themed memorabilia, and sell rugby merchandise as well as coffee.