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Harlequins choose Stoop over HQ

22nd January 2013 17:26

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Home comforts: Twickenham Stoop

Harlequins have confirmed that their Heineken Cup quarter-final against Munster will be held at the Twickenham Stoop.

The number one seeds were rumoured to be considering moving the fixture to Twickenham Stadium in order to attract a bumper crowd but "a gesture of appreciation to its supporters and players" the English champions have decided that the tie will be held at their usual home, which has a capacity of just under 15,000.

"The Stoop ranks among the finest club rugby grounds not just in this country, but also in Europe and is perfectly capable of hosting big occasions such as this quarter-final," Harlequins chief executive told his side's official website.

"Our players have worked hard to secure a home quarter-final and our loyal supporters have backed them every step of the way. It is only right therefore that we play the match where our players and supporters are most comfortable."

Confirmation of the day and kick-off time of the quarter-final is expected during the week when ERC, the tournament organiser, completes its negotiations with television broadcasters.

Harlequins have only lost at the Stoop once this season in all competitions.

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