Papa Johns Community Blog

Papa Johns is delighted to share another year of success as proud supporters of the grassroots game across England Rugby, Scotland Rugby and Wales Rugby. Through our community projects, we’ve worked closely with the unions to champion active lifestyles and encourage people all over the UK to play rugby, regardless of age or ability.


Between the Papa Johns Community Cup with England Rugby, the Tartan Touch initiative in Scotland, and the Road to Principality with Welsh Rugby, we’ve seen blossoming friendships and sporting spectacles alike, all endorsing the strong spirit and competition of grassroots rugby.


England Rugby


The Papa Johns Community Cup involved a whopping 450 clubs, yielding 29 worthy winners, with matches played across four iconics stadiums including Sixways Stadium, Darlington Mowbury Park, StoneX stadium and, no less, Twickenham – the home of rugby.


England legends Kevin Sinfield and Sarah Hunter, who holds the title of most capped Red Roses player, were present alongside England Rugby President Nigel Gillingham OBE to witness some exhilarating finals action before awarding trophies to the winning teams on the famous Twickenham steps. With over 12,000 fans attending the finals all over England, as well as 184,000 watching live at home, the excitement was spread far and wide.


Scotland Rugby


In Scotland, the Papa Johns Tartan Touch enjoyed its biggest year to date with over 6,000 players participating, a near 1,500 rise on last year. Even Scotland men’s captain Jamie Ritchie got involved in the action, serving delicious slices of Papa Johns to aspiring players.


Wales Rugby


The first round of the Road to Principality, Wales’ community rugby competition, kicked off in September, marking the start of a potential journey of a lifetime for almost 250 Welsh rugby clubs. This time around, with the pool system replaced with a straight knock-out format, clubs can expect non-stop drama all the way up to the finals in the Welsh capital.


With over 800,000 people tuning in online to watch the action last year, and more than 2,000,000 impressions on WRU Community Twitter as a result, we expect even bigger numbers this time around. On finals day, expect an incredible 20,000+ fans to attend Principality Stadium, getting stuck into the action and providing that famous Welsh Roar from the stands. Keep an eye out for news on the finals day at Principality Stadium, it’ll be one you don’t want to miss!

A special thanks to our friends at England Rugby, Scottish Rugby, and WRU as we continue to work together to create community rugby memories to last a lifetime.