Monday, 12th August 2019 @ 10:00
Tickets are now on sale for Big Game 12, where the Club will face Leicester Tigers in its annual fixture staged at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 28 December.
The London Club will, this year, host the 12th edition of the match, with 2019 seeing a repeat of Big Game 1, when Harlequins hosted Tigers at the Home of Rugby in 2008.
Tickets went on sale for Big Game 12 today (12th August) and are expected to sell quickly, with Harlequins having last year defeated Wasps in front of a capacity 82,000 crowd.
Seen as the pinnacle of the rugby calendar, Big Game 12 offers supporters the unique chance to break up the festive period with a can’t-miss spectacle and festival of rugby at Twickenham, alongside world-class Gallagher Premiership Rugby.
In 2008 Harlequins took the innovative step of playing their festive fixture with Leicester Tigers across the A316 to Twickenham Stadium, seeing the beginning of the Big Game concept. Both sides shared the spoils with a 26-26 draw. Tries were scored for the home side by Mike Brown and Ugo Monye with four penalties and two conversions from Nick Evans.
Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care, who has played in each edition of the Big Game series said:
“The Big Game is the highlight fixture of the festive period, with a packed Twickenham crowd sharing in the festive spirit and watching world-class rugby. Our supporters really get behind us and it’s a great day.
“I can’t wait to face Leicester Tigers, taking us back to where Big Game all began, and I have no doubt that it will be an intense match on the pitch with some high quality rugby and Leicester’s supporters will travel down in numbers as they always do.”
Former All-Black and Harlequins fly-half Nick Evans, now coach at Harlequins, who played in seven editions of Big Game added:
“I have experienced a number of Big Games both as a player and coach, with every one of them as special as the other. As a father, I can see the appeal of The Big Game to a family audience with it being more than just a game of rugby – it’s a real occasion which caters for all spectators.
“This is a huge fixture for us, on and off the pitch. Leicester are a strong side with some outstanding players so we need to capitalise on the occasion and pull together to ensure we give our supporters a win this festive period.”
Tickets to Big Game 12 are now available at tickets.quins.co.uk
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