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Attendance for England-France clash in Bolton records impressive number

England’s World Cup campaign got off to the perfect start in Newcastle last Saturday as a 45,000-strong crowd were in attendance to witness the 60-6 demolition of Samoa.

That impressive victory saw ticket sales for Shaun Wane’s men second group game against France at the University of Bolton Stadium this afternoon receive a welcome boost.

There were talks prior to the game of a possible 28,700 sell-out for the clash in Bolton but despite that not eventuating, the attendance was still a good one.

As England closed out their win over the French, it was announced that 23,648 were in attendance to witness the 42-18 triumph which all but secure Wane’s side a place in the quarter-finals.

It was a match that brought about some eye-catching moments which brough about a great atmosphere at the home of Bolton Wanderers, none more so than the length of the field try from England flyer Dom Young.

Though the rest was probably never in doubt, despite a first-half fightback from France, England’s display failed to live up to the heights of the previous week against Samoa.

This was highlighted after the game as Player of the Match George Williams admitted on the BBC that they received a ‘roasting’ from head coach Wane at half-time.

“Credit to France, I think we started really well and we were really pleased with that first 20 minutes but they came back fighting and they put us in a tough spot for a pretty long period,” said Williams.

He continued: “We got a bit of a roasting at half-time with how we finished the half but I think we finished strong and they only scored one try in the second-half so pretty pleasing.

“We were far from perfect, but we won and that’s the most important thing and we continue on our journey now. That’s two wins and we’ll look forward to Greece next week.

“We’re on a journey, we are try to improve each week and we’ll prepare for Greece and hopefully we can put in a better performance than we put in tonight.”

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  1. Nigel

    October 23, 2022 at 8:36 am

    Rubbish. I was there. At least 50% of the seats were empty so ~14,000 at best. Maybe the 23,648 is the tickets sold and the other 10,000 abandoned trying to get there because of the shambolic gridlock for miles around the place. The people who run this stadium couldn’t run a bath.

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