For the past 10 years, the festive week between Christmas and New Year plays host to the Big Game, a festive treat for all rugby fans. Harlequins swap their 14,816 seater Twickenham Stoop Stadium for the 82,000 capacity home of English rugby, only half a mile down the road. On top of the rugby, the fixture has hosted artists such as Olly Murrs, Lawson, Rudimental and the Rat Pack along with stunning pyrotechnic displays.
In 2011, Harlequins played Saracens in the Big Game to a sell-out 82,000 crowd, setting a global rugby union attendance record for a regular-season club fixture. The feet was matched the following year and again in 2014.
Quinns and Northampton Saints have met once before in the Big Game. In happened in 2014 in front of a sold-out Twickenham. Saints won the game 25-30 with both teams scoring three tries, a missed conversion and penalty from Quinns’ Tim Swiel cost the home team a draw. For the past few season, Harlequins have finished mid table, so could a Big Game 10 win kick start the second half of their season?
|27/12/2008||Harlequins 26 – 26 Leicester Tigers||50,000|
|27/12/2009||Harlequins 20 – 21 London Wasps||76,716|
|27/12/2010||Harlequins 28 – 18 London Irish||74,212|
|27/12/2011||Harlequins 11 – 19 Saracens||82,000|
|29/12/2012||Harlequins 26 – 15 London Irish||82,000|
|28/12/2013||Harlequins 22 – 6 Exeter Chiefs||74,827|
|27/12/2014||Harlequins 25 – 30 Northampton Saints||82,000|
|27/12/2015||Harlequins 39 – 39 Gloucester||70,718|
|27/12/2016||Harlequins 28 – 24 Gloucester||77,567|
Big Game 10 kicks off at 4pm on Saturday 30th December, so please take care as the Twickenham area will be very busy.