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- 27th Dec 2008
- KO 16:00
- Ground: The Stoop
- Att: 12,700
'Big game' delights Quins chief
Evans says Harlequins are on course to sell-out Twickenham
Harlequins chief executive Mark Evans wants to sell out Twickenham in 12 months time following the success of Saturday's game against Leicester.
Quins' 26-26 draw with Leicester was watched by 50,000 fans, a restricted capacity which was a record for a regular season Guinness Premiership match.
Next year Evans is targeting a full house of 82,000 as the London club cashes in on its three-year deal with the RFU to hold their Christmas fixture at Twickenham.
"We were capped at 50,000 which meant we sold out a week in advance," he said. "I wonder how many we would have got.
"We didn't have a walk-up and we didn't have last-week sales, which are usually in five figures.
"We have a three-year deal with the RFU. Big Game II will happen, Big Game III will happen and hopefully by then we will establish it as the big London Christmas sporting event.
"Let's hope next year we can have a real go at 'Big Game II' and maybe fill Twickenham. I really think we can.
"It is about an event, about building a fan-base not just about maximising monetary return.
"Rugby is a small sport in this country and we have got to sell it.
"People don't turn up to sports clubs on a whim, it is because they have got a connection.
"If we get 82,000 next year and the profit margin increases, we will just spend it, have more fireworks."
The match saw Quins claim a dramatic draw after being 26-16 behind, and Quins director of rugby Dean Richards said: "This is a side which never gives up, a side with a huge amount of character.
"Teams are finding out that we are a difficult nut to crack. There is a resilience that wasn't there last year or the year before."
Leicester boss Heyneke Meyer predicted Evans would succeed with his tough late kick.
"I have always rated Evans as an unbelievable player. I thought he would get the kick because we didn't deserve to win the game and he is a quality player who is good under pressure," said Meyer.
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|19:45||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|19:45||Northampton vs Exeter|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|17:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 16th November|
|13:00||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:15||Wasps vs London Welsh|
|Friday 21st November|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Sale|
|20:00||Newcastle vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|15:00||London Irish vs Bath|
|15:00||Exeter vs Wasps|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|13:00||Saracens vs Northampton|
|15:15||London Welsh vs Leicester|
|Friday 28th November|
|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
|Sunday 30th November|
|13:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
|15:15||Newcastle vs Sale|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
|15:00||Northampton vs Leicester|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Wasps 29 - 22 Bath|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Northampton 43 - 10 Sale Sharks|
|Saracens 28 - 21 Gloucester|
|Exeter 44 - 24 London Irish|
|London Welsh 3 - 23 Newcastle|
|Friday 10th October|
|Leicester 22 - 16 Harlequins|
|Sunday 5th October|
|Newcastle 29 - 24 Exeter|
|Sale 25 - 14 Wasps|
|Saturday 4th October|
|Gloucester 33 - 16 Leicester|
|Harlequins 52 - 0 London Welsh|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Northampton|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Bath 21 - 11 Saracens|
|Sunday 28th September|
|Wasps 35 - 18 Newcastle|
|Exeter 36 - 13 Harlequins|
|Saturday 27th September|
|Northampton 31 - 24 Bath|
|Leicester 19 - 22 London Irish|
|Saracens 40 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 26th September|
|London Welsh 10 - 46 Gloucester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|Newcastle 10 - 35 Northampton|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Bath 45 - 0 Leicester|
|Harlequins 26 - 23 Wasps|
|London Irish 32 - 36 Saracens|
|Sale 46 - 8 London Welsh|
|Friday 19th September|
|Gloucester 22 - 25 Exeter|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Newcastle 18 - 20 London Irish|
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