Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)
It's England V France in London's Watering Holes
Byline: MARK BLUNDEN
PUBS and bars across London are set to reap a [pounds sterling]1 million bonus thisweekend as sports fans watch the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
Thousands of England supporters are crossing the Channel to watch JonnyWilkinson and his teammates take on France tomorrow at the Stade de France inParis.
But tens of thousands more will pack the capital's pubs and bars to watch thegame on television.
They will be joined by some of London's French population - estimated at morethan 135,000 - to see who can make it to the final. It will be one of the mostwatched sporting events since last summer's football World Cup.
The largest London attendance for the England-France game will be at the O2Arena where a giant screen has been erected. Up to 5,000 fans will be cheeringon Brian Ashton's team. To get a free ticket text RUGBY to 60505.
Bish Rodbard, assistant manager of the Rugby Tavern in Twickenham, said: "We'vebeen getting more and more people coming to watch matches as England haveprogressed through the competition and the hype has built up. …