U-turn as IRFU kicks €340 Aviva tickets into touch
THE IRFU last night performed a U-turn on a controversial decision to charge rugby fans €340 to see Ireland's autumn matches in the new Aviva Stadium.
Supporters were furious when they were told last month they would have to fork out the significant sum for a ticket for the four international games in the Guinness 2010 Series this November, and were refused the choice of paying for individual matches.
But in a statement released by the rugby body through its website, supporters were told they now had the option of buying one of two ticket packages -- one for Ireland's games against South Africa and Samoa, and another for the national team's ties with New Zealand and Argentina.
The Irish Rugby Players Association joined fans in their anger over the original proposal, pointing out the massive price was being brought in at the same time that some players' salaries were being cut by up to 30pc.
Members of Irish rugby clubs and the provincial branches will be the first to get the opportunity to buy the tickets.