The Rugby Football Union is "set to enjoy a record-breaking autumn windfall as the unexpected sell-out of England's Test against Fiji at Twickenham on Nov. 10 will lead to ticket-sales revenue of £17.5M ($28.2M)," according to Chris Foy of the London DAILY MAIL. All of the forthcoming QBE Int'ls -- against the Pacific island nation, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand -- will be played in front of capacity crowds" at Twickenham. It is the first time that a four-match campaign "has completely sold out and also the first time that a match against a tier two nation has drawn a full house." The union has "budgeted for ticket sales for this autumn series generating a return of £17M ($27.4M), but the higher-than-anticipated demand for the opening game has brought an additional £500,000 ($805,000) profit" (DAILY MAIL, 10/31).
Events and Attractions
The Gillette Federer Tour revealed that "an additional day" will be added to the event along with the presence of two more tennis players from the ATP tour, according to GAZETAESPORTIVA.net. The event, staged in the Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil will be played from Dec. 6-9. World No. 5 David Ferrer and his Spanish compatriot Tommy Robredo were added to the field, which already includes Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki (GAZETAESPORTIVA.net, 10/31). AGENCY DO ESTADO reported that the event in São Paulo was created "due to the enormous interest" in the sport from Brazilians. Ferrer will play against Federer on Dec. 9 and is looking forward to playing in São Paulo. Ferrer said, "I think it's going to be really great, I am anxious for the competition. I have never been to São Paulo. Also, it will be great for the fans to see Federer on the court, a man that to me is the best in history" (AGENCY DO ESTADO, 10/30).
The heavyweight fight between former All Black Sonny Bill Williams and South African veteran Francois Botha "has been postponed until next year." The bout was scheduled to take place in Brisbane, Australia on Nov. 24, but Williams' chest injury suffered playing Japanese club rugby last weekend "has forced the delay" (AAP, 11/1). ... India's Home Ministry cleared Pakistan cricket team's tour of India "for a limited-over series beginning on Dec. 25 and said that the government will provide foolproof security to the visiting team" (PTI, 10/30).