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Record crowd set for World Cup clash at Headingley

Headingley Carnegie is set to host a record breaking crowd for a World Cup game when World Champions New Zealand take on Papua New Guinea this Friday, kick off 8pm with over 16,500 tickets already sold for the game.
Record crowd set for World Cup clash at Headingley
by rleague.com

Headingley Carnegie is set to host a record breaking crowd for a World Cup game when World Champions New Zealand take on Papua New Guinea this Friday, kick off 8pm with over 16,500 tickets already sold for the game.

The game has created massive interest amongst sporting fans across West Yorkshire but both seating and standing tickets are still available. However, the South Stand and Carnegie Stand terraces are both sold out already as fans have been keen to snap up one of the hottest tickets in town for the Rugby League World Cup.

World Champions New Zealand have named superstar Sonny Bill Williams in their 19 man squad for the game whilst Papua New Guinea include new Leeds Rhinos signing Paul Aiton in their squad. Fans will be able to pay on the night at the turnstile £15 for access to the Western Terrace and the attendance is set to be the fifth highest of all time in the World Cup for a pool game not involving a host nation and the biggest in 45 years.

So far this World Cup, a host of games have been sold out and the two biggest crowds for games not involving a host nation has seen over 14,000 at St Helens' Langtree Park last Saturday night for Australia v Fiji and over 13,000 at Warrington for New Zealand's first game against Samoa.

Headingley has got heritage in the World Cup as the only venue being used that has featured in all five previous World Cups in this country including hosting the Final in 1970 between Australia and Great Britain. That game posted the biggest ever crowd for a World Cup game at Headingley with 18,776 present which could be tested on Friday night.

Tickets are on sale now from Headingley Carnegie for the game between New Zealand and Papua New Guinea or can be booked online 24 hours a day at www.rlwc2013.com/tickets The stadium will also host the World Cup Quarter Final on Friday 15th November and fans who purchase tickets for the Papua New Guinea game can take advantage of half price tickets for the Quarter Final clash as well, also likely to feature New Zealand. Fans will be able to pay at the turnstile on the night for ground entry, priced £15 for adults and £7.50 for concessions.

Previous World Cup games at Headingley Carnegie:
18,776 Australia v Great Britain 1970 (Final)
15,405 England v Ireland 2000 (Quarter Final)
15,169 Great Britain v Australia 1970
14,041 England v South Africa 1995
10,842 England v France 10,842 1975
10,773 Australia v New Zealand 1960
10,052 England v Fiji 2000

Ten biggest attendances for a stand alone Pool game not involving a host nation:
50,077 France v Great Britain 1957 Sydney
22,142 France v New Zealand 1957 Brisbane
20,278 Australia v France 1960 Wigan
20,000 Australia v New Zealand 1954 Marseille
15,760 France v Great Britain 1968 Auckland
15,145 England v New Zealand 2008 Newcastle, NSW
14,263 Great Britain v New Zealand 1957 Sydney
14,137 Australia v Fiji 2013 St Helens
14,105 Great Britain v New Zealand 1968 Sydney
14,000 Great Britain v New Zealand 1954 Bordeaux


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