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27th Sep 2015

Ireland set a mighty World Cup record before ball was passed against Romania

Stack 'em high

Patrick McCarry

Set records like nobody’s business.

Ireland’s team to face Romania at Wembley, this afternoon, is their oldest ever World Cup XV.

Their opponents are their nation’s most experienced side – 728 caps and an average age of 29 years 345 days – to ever play at the tournament.

Today, fans of both teams helped set a new World Cup record.

Ireland versus Romania at Wembley Stadium is now the holder of the highest attendance at a World Cup match.

Some 89,267 fans packed into the London ground to check out the RWC2015 encounter.

The attendance figure surpasses the record of 89,019 that was set only a week ago, when New Zealand took on Argentina at the same venue.

Given that today’s match is the final one Wembley – home of the English FA – will host, Ireland will hold that record for at least another four years.

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