England's Quilter Cup clash against Barbarians expected to have 20,000 spectators

Twickenham Stadium has a capacity of 82,000
Twickenham Stadium has a capacity of 82,000
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England's upcoming Quilter Cup game against Barbarians to be played at Twickenham Stadium is expected to have 20,000 spectators.

The game was originally scheduled in June but now has been rescheduled to be played on 24th October following the pandemic coronavirus.

The outbreak of Covid-19 has seen the sport suspended in the country since March but the Gallagher Premiership has resumed last month as the games were played without any spectators.

However, the Rugby Football Union is now planning to bring back spectators with 25 per cent capacity after taking necessary permission from the government and health authorities.

“We continue to work closely with government and the local authority on the return of sports fans to the stadium,” said RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney.

“The numbers of fans able to attend, given social distancing requirements, will be significantly lower than normal and subject to final agreement from government.

“Local resident and spectator safety is our top priority and numerous measures are being implemented for the events that either adhere to or exceed the guidance provided by the government and the Sports Ground Safety Authority.

“A test event will be held to put into practice our operational plans and demonstrate that Twickenham Stadium is well prepared.”

Following the game against Barbarians, England will face Italy on 31st October in the final round of the Six Nations tournament.

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