- Harlequins draw 82,000 to Twickeham Stadium
- Attendance sets new record for a regular season League match
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Premiership Rugby and the RFU have today joined together to congratulate Harlequins on their new world record.
Harlequins' Aviva Premiership clash with Saracens drew a crowd of 82,000 to Twickenham, setting the new mark for a regular season League match previously held by Stade Francais v Clermont.
The Quins' achievement was part of an incredible round of Aviva Premiership Rugby with sell-outs at Gloucester, Northampton Saints and Worcester, while Sale Sharks enjoyed their biggest crowd since May 2009. Some 13,500 fans, almost double their Heineken Cup crowd against Racing Metro, saw London Irish go third in the Aviva Premiership by beating Exeter.
"Everyone at Premiership Rugby is delighted with what Harlequins have achieved this week," said Premiership Rugby Chief Executive Mark McCafferty. "Crowds are booming in Aviva Premiership Rugby with sell outs at Northampton, Gloucester and Worcester, a bumper attendance at London Irish and Sale achieving their biggest crowd since May 2009 in this round alone.
"These figures are a credit to everyone at our clubs and to the supporters who have voted with their feet."
RFU Professional Rugby Director Rob Andrew added: "Congratulations to Harlequins for breaking the record, it is a fantastic achievement.
"When you have a club like Quins that prides itself on developing and selecting Englishmen, averaging around 20 English qualified players per game, playing at the iconic venue that is Twickenham it makes for quite an event. It is fast becoming a must place to be at each Christmas."