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England v Barbarians: 20,000 fans could attend Twickenham clash

Up to 20,000 fans could be allowed into Twickenham to watch England play Barbarians on 25 October, the Rugby Football Union says.

It would be the largest crowd at a sporting event in the UK since lockdown restrictions were imposed in March.

Clearance to admit fans is subject to the obtaining of the relevant licence and approvals, including those from public health authorities.

The match was postponed in June because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Less than a quarter of Twickenham's 82,000 capacity would be filled under the proposal.

The RFU is planning a number of safety measures to reduce the risk of the virus being transmitted in the stadium - with fans required to wear face masks except when in their assigned seats, or when eating or drinking, digital tickets only, as opposed to paper ones, and one-way systems to manage crowd movement.

England's match against the Barbarians - for the Quilter Cup - takes place a day after the Premiership final and the weekend before the final round of Six Nations fixtures.

"This game will be an important start to the autumn for us," England head coach Eddie Jones said.