Crowds in the Guinness Premiership averaged over 10,000 for the first time ever as attendances rose for an eighth consecutive season.
During the 2005/06 season the average attendance was 10,350 up from the previous seasons high of 9,978. Both Leicester Tigers and Worcester Warriors played before full houses for all of their Premiership home matches averaging 16,815 and 9,728 respectively.
The average figure has nearly doubled over the last eight seasons when the average for the 1998/99 season was 5,507.
The number of season tickets sold throughout the Premiership also hit an all time high at 65,528, up from 59,814 a 10% rise.
Since the 1999/00 season ticket holders have double from just over 31,000 to there present levels.