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Stefan van der Merwe, chief commercial officer of the Blue Bulls Rugby Union, had never seen so many people at Loftus. Two days later, when the returns came in, his impression was confirmed by the official figure: 51,762. The Pretoria stadium had never been that full.

“You expect that many for the All Blacks, but for Wales?” says Van der Merwe, referring to the first Test on July 2. The stadium’s seated capacity is 50,000, but extra staff hired for the day made up the extra numbers.  ..

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