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The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and South Sydney Rabbitohs Good Friday match has today set a new regular NRL season attendance record with 51,686 people coming through the turnstiles for the fixture at ANZ Stadium.

The crowd figure today has surpassed the previous biggest NRL crowd since Darren Lockyers farewell match in Round 26 of season 2011 (50,859) at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Todays match was also the biggest Sydney rugby league crowd since the St George v Souths match at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1967 with 50,153. It has also gone over the Nathan Hindmarsh and Luke Burt farewell game in 2012 which 45,863 fans attended.

The Good Friday match is now one of the marquee events on the Sydney sporting calendar and todays attendance shows that, Bulldogs CEO Todd Greenberg said.

Its great to see so many passionate sporting fans coming out to support their team and we hope this continues throughout the remainder of the season and in future years.

NRL CEO Dave Smith today paid tribute to both the Bulldogs and Rabbitohs clubs for working together to provide an event that captured the imagination of fans.

It was a fantastic game of football and I want to thank the fans of both teams for creating a wonderful atmosphere, Mr Smith said.

Its the biggest crowd for a stand-alone regular season game in the NRL and a sign of the excitement in this years competition.
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Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.