The 2014 Four Nations final could set more records for international Rugby League on Saturday, after it was revealed that the tournament has broken a number of attendance records this Autumn.
England, Samoa, Australia and New Zealand fans have already contributed to the highest aggregate attendance for the group stages of a Four Nations tournament – with this year’s total reaching 119,603. The previous best was back in 2010, when 101,207 people attended the group stages.
A crowd of more than 17,903 in Saturday’s final would give the 2014 Four Nations the record for overall attendances (137,506), which was also set in the 2010 tournament.
Crowds in the 2014 Four Nations have so far averaged 19,934. In 2010, the last time Australia and New Zealand hosted the tournament, the average crowd through the group stages was 16,868 (19,644 including the final).
“There is no doubt the 2014 Four Nations has been an outstanding success,” tournament director Paul Kind said. “The performances of Samoa have captured the imagination and we have seen some incredible matches in the pool matches.
“The fact that all four nations could have feasibly still participated in the final up until the last pool match highlighted the competitiveness of the tournament.
“The fans have embraced the concept across Australia and New Zealand right from the double header at Suncorp Stadium, and I’m looking forward to seeing the support that the first Four Nations final in New Zealand generates.”
Other records which have been broken in the 2014 Four Nations include:
- The double-header crowd of 47,813 at Suncorp Stadium produced the largest non-World Cup Test match crowd in Brisbane ever (beating the 46,355 at Brisbane Cricket Ground for Australia v Great Britain in 1954);
- The New Zealand-Samoa match at Toll Stadium, Whangarei (16,912) produced the largest-ever crowd for a match between the two nations;
- The 18,456 crowd for the WIN Stadium clash between Australia and Samoa on Sunday was not only the largest crowd for a match between the two nations, but the largest crowd for a Kangaroos match against a nation other than England or New Zealand at home since 1996.