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Harlequins’ annual Christmas trip to Twickenham is to be televised on BT Sport this weekend.

The London outfit host Exeter Chiefs in an Aviva Premiership Round 11 fixture on Saturday December 28th, with kick-off at 4pm live on BT Sport 1.

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Each year since 2008, Quins have upped sticks to the national stadium for the 'Big Game' over the festive period.

The club's home ground - The Stoop - only has a capacity of 14,816, whereas around 80,000 people can watch live rugby union at Twickenham, which is just a stone's throw away in TW2.

Last December, a capacity crowd saw Quins beat another team from the capital - London Irish - 26-15, with England's Danny Care getting on the scoresheet.

A year earlier, in 2011, Harlequins were beaten 19-11 by Saracens, for whom Owen Farrell kicked 14 points.

This year's 'Big Game' promises to be a close encounter, with Harlequins and Exeter having near identical records in the league so far.

Both XVs have won six and lost four of their first ten matches, with only a single try bonus point separating the fourth and fifth-place sides.

Exeter won comfortably last week, seeing off Newcastle Falcons 16-3, however Quins were beaten 14-3 by high-flying Bath at the Recreation Ground.

Premiership Rugby’s Commercial Director Dominic Hayes said Harlequins’ Christmas trip to Twickenham Stadium "has become an unmissable fixture in the English rugby calendar".

"It is fitting that the BT Sport cameras should make another trip to HQ for this game,” he stated.

“We have already heard that many Chiefs fans have made plans to make the journey east, so it should be an unforgettable Aviva Premiership Rugby occasion with a cracking atmosphere.”

BT Sport fans have two other televised games to look forward to this weekend.

Newcastle Falcons host London Wasps at 7:45pm on Friday December 27th, while Gloucester Rugby travel to London Irish on Sunday December 29th for a 2pm kick-off.

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