Monday 24 July 2017

Leinster to cover club losses

Daragh Conchir

The Leinster branch has told clubs that they will be recompensed for any losses incurred as a result of the ticketing fiasco surrounding the Guinness Series.

Clubs will be given the choice of accepting a refund or credit towards tickets for the RBS Six Nations.

Leinster are following in the footsteps of Ulster, who have already begun the process of compensating clubs left out of pocket as a result of the opening two Autumn Internationals. Compensation for the second pair of internationals -- grouped together by the IRFU for the purposes of selling tickets -- will be handed out soon.

"I can confirm the Ulster Branch will be ensuring that clubs aren't out of pocket following the Autumn Internationals," said spokesperson Lyndsey Irwin yesterday. "We have already refunded clubs for unsold tickets for South Africa and Samoa, and will be doing the same for the New Zealand and Argentina games."

The Leinster and Ulster executives have come to their decisions even though the IRFU has yet to make any public statement in this regard, as it awaits the report of the Hussey Committee established to investigate the debacle surrounding the pricing and ticketing strategy.

Leinster chief executive, Mick Dawson, revealed his branch's stance in a letter emailed to clubs on Tuesday night. Dawson welcomed the Union's decision to adjust its pricing structure for the home games against France and England, describing them as "a tangible acknowledgement of the mistakes made in the pricing of the Autumn Series".

Dawson also reveals that the branch executive decided at its last meeting not to pay for tickets sold until a solution agreeable to all parties could be found.

"Without knowing the details of losses due to unsold tickets, tickets sold below price, etc., it is impossible to know how much is due to the Union for some weeks to come. Our clubs, in co-operation with the branch will sell our Six Nations tickets. We look forward to transferring those monies over to the Union following the production of 'a fair and equitable solution.'"

Irish Independent

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