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United Rugby Championship CEO Martin Anayi has praised the league’s clubs for drawing in over 117,000 fans over the Christmas weekend as a new record attendance was set for the festive fixtures.

"55,000 of the 117,000 fans that attended were at the two games in South Africa where they have never played at this time of year before and it is especially pleasing as the Vodacom URC continues to capture the imagination," said Anayi

The figure of 117,448 for Round 10 is also the second-highest attendance in a single round in the league’s history. It falls just short of the overall highest total of 121,177 set in Round 21 of 2018 which included a single attendance of 62,338 for the Judgement Day games in Wales, highlighting the impressive achievement of this weekend with eight stand-alone fixtures.

“We are thrilled for all of our clubs who hosted such fantastic crowds over the Christmas weekend after a couple of years of disruption. All of them are working hard to deliver great fan experiences off the pitch and offer an attractive style of rugby on it.

“The Vodacom URC drew record-breaking TV audiences in year one, now fans have the confidence to return to stadiums and to attract 117,000 in one weekend speaks to the incredible efforts of our clubs. 

Similar crowds are expected again this weekend in R11 with home games taking place in Belfast, Cape Town, Cardiff, Dublin, Durban, Edinburgh, Llanelli and Parma.