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Big Game 10 set to illuminate Twickenham

ICONIC: Twickenham will play host to Big Game 10 on December 30

ONE OF the sporting highlights of the festive season will be when rugby giants Harlequins take on Northampton Saints at Twickenham on December 30 (4pm kick off).

Big Game 10 is a rematch of Big Game 7 which saw - then defending Premiership champions - Northampton Saints edge past Harlequins 25-30 in front of 82,000 supporters at Twickenham Stadium.

Since its beginnings in 2008, the Big Game series at Twickenham Stadium has rapidly risen in popularity and is now a firm fixture in the festive sporting calendar. The Twickenham Stoop has had a weekend off every December as Harlequins travel across the A316 to swap their famous home for the headquarters of English rugby.

Celebrating a decade of Big Games, this season's is set to be the best one yet. Former England captain Chris Robshaw, who has played in seven of the previous nine Big Games, said: “Big Game is always a brilliant occasion for everyone involved, whether that’s for the backroom staff, the people in the office, the players, the coaches and the fans.

“It’s a great day out first and foremost, featuring two great sides going hammer and tong and it’s become a benchmark of the Harlequins Christmas calendar.

“I was fortunate enough to play in the first Big Game where there were about 50,000 people, to now regularly selling out Twickenham and to see Twickenham in your club colours. It’s a great occasion to play in and to be around.”

All Black international Francis Saili is looking forward to his first Big Game and said: “To be a part of Big Game 10 will be a massive one. I’ve played at Twickenham before but not in front of a packed crowd so to be a part of that will actually be quite nice. To be able to slip on the jersey and be amongst everyone at the club will make it a big outing for us.”

Big Game prides itself on being a day out for all the family as the rugby and entertainment world collide with spectacular musical performances, jaw-dropping pyrotechnics and entertainment for all the family.

This year pop rock ban, Scouting For Girls will headline the half-time show. 2017 celebrates ten years of both Big Game, and the release of Scouting For Girls’ unstoppable million-selling self-titled debut album.

Currently on a UK wide tour, they will bring their most famous and loved hits to Twickenham Stadium including ‘She’s So Lovely’, ‘Elvis Ain’t Dead’, ‘Heartbeat’, ‘I Wish I Was James Bond’, and UK #1 ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’.

Scouting For Girls said: “The last ten years have been a bit of a blur for Scouting For Girls; it’s been the most amazing rollercoaster ride.

We have had big hits and played some of the biggest places in the country. The biggest moment that will stand out will be playing at Twickenham Stadium. Big Game 10 will be one of the best and biggest gigs we have ever done.”

Tickets for Big Game 10 are available to purchase or by calling 020 8410 6010.

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