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Rugby World Cup Final set to break attendance record again

By Ian Cameron
New Zealand perform the haka ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2021 Semifinal match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on November 05, 2022, in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

The 2021 Rugby World Cup Final between England and New Zealand in Auckland next week is set to break a new attendance record at Eden Park.

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World Rugby have confirmed that just shy of 8,000 tickets were snapped up immediately after final whistle on the last semi-final, and while current seating “is almost entirely allocated, a review of remaining space is underway as organisers look to release every last seat for fans.”

New Zealand and England have booked their place in the Rugby World Cup 2021 Final after two nail-biting semi-final matches left fans on the edge of their seats and with their fingers on the button ready to snap up the few remaining tickets to next week’s big dance.

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While the opening game of the tournament was a sellout at Eden Park, which is set at a 40,000 capacity for the tournament, organisers are looking to maximise every last seating opportunity for the final, which should see the record tumble once more. Prior to the tournament, the record attendance was 17,440, a figure set in Grenoble in 2018 during a France versus England international.

The tournament has already set a high water mark for attendance at women’s rugby matches and the goal now is to maintain that momentum going forward.

World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “Rugby World Cup 2021 has proven to be a triumph for rugby, women’s sport and New Zealand. On and off the field records have tumbled, personalities have been projected and barriers smashed as the stars of women’s rugby have shone brightly, underscored by two incredible semi-finals.

“People make great events and New Zealanders have been amazing – the team behind the teams. My message to them is don’t miss out, snap up the last tickets, turn on your televisions, engage in social media and let’s make history together – the greatest women’s rugby event ever and an inspiration for girls and boys to get into rugby.”

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Rugby World Cup 2021 Tournament Director, Michelle Hooper said, “What we saw during the semi-finals was arguably the greatest spectacle of international rugby this country has seen in a very long time. Those two matches have had an immeasurable impact on the game that we may not see the true results of until generations to come when young girls and boys will talk about those moments. What’s more, there’s still a week to go.

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“We could not have written a better script than to have the host team, the Black Ferns, competing in a Rugby World Cup final for the first time ever at home in front of wh?nau and friends, and against the number one team in the world – England.

“I know all New Zealanders and fans watching around the world share in my anticipation for next week and we saw evidence of that immediately after the final whistle when our ticketing system was almost at the brink trying to keep up with demand. These teams deserve legendary support next Saturday and we encourage fans to get together and get behind their team, host watch parties at home, or if you’re lucky enough to be in the stadium, cheer on these w?hine as loud as you can for the final time this Rugby World Cup.”

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