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English rugby match attracts world-record crowd

Updated: December 27, 2011, 15:18

LONDON(AP) A world-record attendance for a regular-season club rugby match watched Saracens beat Harlequins in the English Premiership on Tuesday.

A sellout crowd of 82,000 packed into Twickenham - the home of England's national team - to see the match, which Saracens won 19-11 to end their rival's unbeaten league record.

The previous record attendance for a club league match came in 2009 when a Top 14 game between French teams Stade Francais and Clermont-Auvergne attracted 79,842 spectators.

Harlequins usually play their home matches at The Stoop, a few hundred meters away from Twickenham in southwest London, but have played matches against their neighbors from the capital at the national stadium in recent years.

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