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Excitement builds for Season Finale

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The anticipated attendance is over 40,000 but tickets will be on sale on the day so all rugby fans are being urged to turn up and witness what promises to be a thrilling battle for the ultimate prize in domestic rugby. 

Howard Thomas, Chief Executive of Premier Rugby is delighted with the ticket sales so far, "We have already exceeded our target attendance for this first ever Premiership Final and with the excitement and tension building amongst the two clubs, we hope more people will turn up and buy their tickets on the day. There is great rivalry between Gloucester and Wasps and you are always promised an exciting match between them so even neutral fans will be in for a treat of a rugby match.  To have a crowd of 40,000 for what is a new concept for rugby fans in this country is very encouraging, and we hope that over the next couple of years we can continue to build the event into the sell out it deserves to be." 

For the first time ever, a cashback scheme has been operated at Twickenham for the Final.  The group sales programme used by the Premiership clubs offers a simple way for rugby clubs and schools to raise much needed funds as well as coming to Twickenham to watch the Final.  Over 4000 people will be coming to Twickenham – many of them for the first time – as part of the cashback scheme which has generated over £35,000 for schools and clubs nationwide.  Wells Rugby Club (junior section) in Somerset are just one of the groups who benefited from the scheme.  Bringing 60 people to the Final, many of whom have never been to Twickenham before, has enabled them to earn money for next year's rugby tour to Torquay. 

Spectators are in for a treat as the first and second placed clubs are closely matched on the field – they have both won a major piece of silverware each this season and have both one win apiece from their league meetings this season.  Both teams have a number of players who will be representing England this summer but they will be desperate to win the Zurich Premiership Final trophy for their club first. 

As well as the action on the pitch there will be lots going on around the stadium. The Zurich Village (open before and after the match) in the West Car Park boasts an enviable line-up of players from every Premiership club who will be on hand to sign autographs.  There is face painting, bouncy castles and live music to entertain people before kick off at 3.30pm. 

At half time there will be annual Mascot Sevens, but this year's tournament has a twist as the Premiership mascots will take on the Rugby Football Union!  Who will reign supreme in the competitive world of rugby mascots?  Last year's tournament was shrouded in controversy as Sharky from Sale Sharks was sent off by referee Ed Morrison for a bad tackle.  As a result he has been banned from playing for the Premiership team and will have to play for the RFU. 

Whatever happens this year, the whole day promises a great day out for rugby fans of any age.

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