Munster fans eye Marseille shores for semi-final clash

So the mad Munster scramble for tickets and flights begins, after Leinster bowed out in Toulon.

Munster fans eye Marseille shores for semi-final clash

Once the final whistle went, and hopes of an all Irish Munster v Leinster showdown in the Aviva Stadium were shattered, all eyes in Munster turned towards French shores and the semi-final showdown with defending champions Toulon in Marseilles.

There was to be no last hurrah for Brian O’Driscoll in European rugby’s premier competition, but that won’t bother Munster fans as Peter O’Mahony’s men march on to Toulon after hammering Toulouse in Thomond Park on Saturday.

The match will take place in the 40,000 capacity Stade Velodrome in Marseilles and no doubt Munster people living both home and abroad will be trying to get their hands on as many of those tickets as possible.

Unfortunately for quick-thinking fans rushing to their laptops after the match, neither Ryanair nor Aer Lingus currently offer flights to Marseilles this early in the year.

Neither airline was available for comment last night as to whether or not they would put on additional flights for fans trying to get to the game.

However, a quick trawl for flights to nearby airports revealed that rugby fans would not be having a cheap weekend.

For example a Munster fan flying from Cork to Nice (about 160km from Marseilles) leaving on April 25 and returning on April 28 was being quoted €583 on the Aer Lingus website.

The same flight leaving from Dublin on April 26 and returning on April 28 was being quoted a price of €361.

Ryanair do offer flights to Marseilles but, like Aer Lingus, do not offer them for this early in the year.

Taking Nice as the closest base, last night the airline was offering flights from Shannon to Nice leaving on April 25 and returning on April 28 for €372.

If you fly out from Dublin on April 26 and return on April 28, you can get a flight for the cheaper rate of €291.

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