Issued on behalf of England Rugby 2015
- 89,019 fans attended Wembley Stadium and broke the record for the biggest ever crowd at a Rugby World Cup match
- Previous record was 82,957 at the Rugby World Cup 2003 Final
- Opening weekend has engaged the nation with full venues and great Rugby
- Tickets for some great matches featuring England at Manchester City Stadium, New Zealand at the Olympic Stadium and Australia at the Millennium Stadium are still on sale via tickets.rugbyworldcup.com
Rugby World Cup 2015 entered the record books on Sunday when 89,019 fans attended Wembley Stadium for New Zealand v Argentina and broke the record for the biggest ever crowd at a Rugby World Cup match.
The previous record of 82,957 at the Rugby World Cup 2003 Final was broken by Match 8 in one of England's most iconic sporting venues where the winners of Rugby World Cup 2011, New Zealand, took on Argentina in a thrilling match.
England Rugby 2015 Managing Director, Stephen Brown, said: "We are delighted to see such a fantastic crowd at Wembley Stadium this afternoon and secure a record Rugby World Cup match attendance with over 89,000 fans enjoying New Zealand v Argentina. The opening weekend has been a true celebration of Rugby with full venues, exciting Rugby and a real buzz in and around the Host Cities with over 100,00 people enjoying our official Fanzones and we're looking forward to more of the same over the coming weeks.”
World Rugby Chairman, Bernard Lapasset, added: "This has been a weekend where Rugby has captivated and inspired a nation and a new generation of fans and players and what better way to cap it than with a Rugby World Cup record crowd. Great people make great events and the stars of this Tournament so far, alongside the players, have been the wonderful fans, the 21st Rugby World Cup team.”
Rugby World Cup 2015 has already become the biggest Tournament to date selling over 2.35 million tickets, crossing the 2.25 million tickets sold in France 2007. Fans can still be part of the Tournament however with some great matches including England at Manchester City Stadium, New Zealand at the Olympic Stadium and Australia at the Millennium Stadium via tickets.rugbyworldcup.com.