There might be a recession but it hasn’t stopped ticket touts seeking boom-time prices for the Ireland-England rugby clash this weekend.
The eagerly awaited Six Nations match on Sunday is already being billed as this year’s championship decider following victories by both teams in their opening games last weekend.
And ticket sellers haven’t been slow to try to cash in on the huge interest generated by the meeting of the two favourites in this year’s tournament.
Two premium level tickets with a face value of €125 each being sold in an online auction yesterday had attracted a combined bid of €425.
An IRFU spokesperson said the vast majority of the 51,700 tickets for Sunday’s game in the Aviva Stadium had been allocated to the four provinces which distribute them onwards to clubs and schools.
The English Rugby Football Union has also taken up its full allocation of 5,500 even though demand also far outstripped supply for its supporters.
The IRFU spokesperson said tickets for Ireland’s home matches in the Six Nations championship had not gone on general sale to the public for many years because of the huge level of demand from rugby club members.
He pointed out that even the IRFU’s Supporters Club, which usually receives some tickets for each game, were not being allocated any tickets for Sunday’s game. However, he confirmed the Supporters Club would receive “a limited number” for Ireland’s match against France on Mar 13.
Ticket prices for this year’s Six Nations games in the Aviva range from €50 to €125. They have been held at the same level as for matches against England and France in 2011.
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