In pictures: 100 years of Twickenham Stadium

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The surrounding streets were less congested and the stands were not so high. But on January 15, 1910, the crowds filled Twickenham to witness the first ever international fixture held at the stadium.

Click here or click the image to launch our gallery of classic Twickenham pictures from the RFU archive.

The teams taking to the field that day were the very same sides that meet at the home of rugby this weekend: England v Wales.

The opening game of the 2010 Six Nations championship marks 100 years of international rugby at the iconic ground and the Rugby Football Union are preparing to celebrate the milestone.

For Saturday's match, England will be wearing a special centenary kit, reminiscent of the strip the side wore in 1910.

The RFU have also teamed up with Vision Sports Publishing to publish the official book celebrating the rich history of the world's most famous and iconic rugby stadium.

The coffee-table style book is packed with classic photographs from the RFU's own archives, many of which can be seen by clicking here . The book also tells the story of how an isolated orchard developed into one of the world's most famous stadiums, plus looks back at some of the legends and famous matches to have taken place on the turf in TW1.

On that historic day in 1910, England ran out 11-6 winners. Martin Johnson will be hoping that it's not just the kits that are reminiscent of that game come Saturday.

Twickenham - 100 Years of Rugby's HQ is published by Vision Sports Publishing on the 6 February 2010, RRP £30, ISBN 9781905326761