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All Blacks v Argentina sets crowd record

2015-09-20 20:40
Wembley stadium (Getty Images)

London - The Rugby World Cup match between Argentina and defending champions New Zealand at Wembley stadium on Sunday was watched by a tournament record 89 019 people, organisers said.

That topped the 82 957 supporters who saw England beat Australia 20-17 in the 2003 World Cup final at Sydney's Olympic Stadium.

The two next best World Cup crowds came at the same venue in the semi-finals of the 2003 edition, with 82 444 witnessing Australia's 22-10 win over New Zealand and 82 346 present when England beat France 24-7.

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."

Sunday's match at Wembley, best known for its main role as England's national football stadium, was the climax to a dramatic opening weekend which had already seen Japan beat two-time champions South Africa 34-32 in Brighton on Saturday - arguably the greatest upset in international rugby union, let alone World Cup, history.

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