The Big Game (rugby)

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An aerial view of Twickenham Stadium. The Stoop can be seen in the top left hand corner.

The Big Game is an annual rugby union match hosted by Harlequin F.C. during the Christmas holiday season each year. As of 2011 for sponsorship purposes it is known as The LV= Big Game. It is one of Harlequins' regular home matches in the Aviva Premiership but it is moved from their usual home ground at the Twickenham Stoop (14,816 capacity[1]) to the much larger Twickenham Stadium (82,000 seats[2]).

There are other high-profile matches in London between the capital's rugby clubs at other times, particularly the London Double Header at Twickenham and Saracens F.C.'s European or Premiership games at Wembley Stadium.

2008[edit]

27 December 2008
16:00
Harlequins 26 – 26 Leicester Tigers
Try: Brown
Monye
Con: Evans (2/2)
Pen: Evans (4)
Report Try: Murphy
Croft
Con: Flood (2/2)
Pen: Flood (4)
Twickenham
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Dave Pearson (RFU)

2009[edit]

27 December 2009
16:15
Harlequins 20 – 21 London Wasps
Try: Care 68' c
Strettle 79' c
Con: Evans (2/2)
Pen: Evans (2) 13', 18'
Report Try: Simpson 2' m
Hart 74' c
Con: Walder (1/1)
Pen: Cipriani (2) 23', 35'
Walder (1) 62'
Twickenham
Attendance: 76,716
Referee: Dave Pearson (RFU)
  • Big Game 2 set a record Premiership attendance of 76,716.[3]

2010[edit]

27 December 2010
16:30
Harlequins 28 – 18 London Irish
Try: Lowe 69' c
Con: Evans (1/1)
Pen: Evans (7) 6', 14', 20', 26', 36', 40', 54'
Report Pen: Malone (6) 13', 18', 29', 38', 47', 59'
Twickenham
Attendance: 74,212
Referee: Andrew Small (RFU)

2011[edit]

27 December 2011
16:30
Harlequins 11 – 19 Saracens
Try: Marler 47' m
Pen: Evans (2) 18', 40'
Report Try: Strettle 19' c
Con: Farrell (1/1)
Pen: Farrell (4) 8', 10', 13', 24'
Twickenham
Attendance: 82,000
Referee: Wayne Barnes (RFU)
  • Going into the game Harlequins had won all of their Premiership games, but fell to defeat in this their eleventh game to the team second in the table. As Twickenham had a capacity 82,000 crowd this game set a global rugby union attendance record for a regular-season club fixture.[4]

2012[edit]

29 December 2012
14:15
Harlequins 26 – 15 London Irish
Try: Care 51' c
Penalty try 77' c
Con: Evans (2/2)
Pen: Evans (4) 6', 22', 42', 57'
Report Pen: Humphreys (5) 12', 24', 48', 55', 61'
Twickenham
Attendance: 82,000
Referee: Greg Garner (RFU)

2013[edit]

28 December 2013
15:00
Harlequins 22 – 6 Exeter Chiefs
Try: Evans 2' c
Walker 31' m
Brown 39' c
Con: Evans (2/3) 3', 40'
Pen: Evans (1/3) 62'
Report Pen: Steenson (2/2) 7', 43'
Twickenham
Attendance: 74,827
Referee: JP Doyle (RFU)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club-by-club guide - Harlequins". BBC. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Twickenham Stadium". Rugby Football Union. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Sheppard, Callum (23 December 2011). "Big Game 4 ticket sales set new record". The Big Game. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Harlequins 11-19 Saracens". BBC Sport. 27 December 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2011.