IRB warns England fans

The International Rugby Board have warned England fans not to buy semi-final tickets from disgruntled All Black and Wallaby fans.

The IRB has warned that not all tickets are transferable, which means despite being in possession of a ticket some fans may not be granted access to the stadium.

“There is the risk they won’t get entry,” said IRB spokesman Greg Thomas.

After their shock win over Australia it is expected around 40,000 English fans could descend on Paris for their semi-final with France. (some reports say 60 000)

The IRB has already put an extra 2,000 tickets on sale for the match but had more than three million hits on its website from fans trying to buy them.

Many more fans are likely to travel to the French capital hoping to buy tickets sold on by people who do not want to go to the game or cannot resist making a profit.

Others will come to savour the atmosphere and watch the game in bars or on big screens being erected in the city.

The early indications are that fans of both Australia and New Zealand will be there, too, despite their country’s surprise exits.

“People have reserved and paid for their accommodation in advance, some through official tour organisations, and will also have paid for their tickets,” added Thomas.

“They will not be able to get refunds so we would encourage them to hold on to their tickets, stay around and watch the games.

“There can’t be many better places to watch rugby than Paris.”


365 Digital

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