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Healy hits out at 'disgraceful' touts

LEINSTER prop Cian Healy has hit out against ticket touts seeking boom time rates for tickets to the Amlin Challenge Cup final in just over a week's time.

Leinster take on Stade Francais in an eagerly anticipated clash at the RDS on May 17.

And ticket sellers haven't been slow to try to cash in on the huge interest generated by the clash.

Alongside a picture of tickets being sold online for €1,000, Healy took out his frustration on Twitter, posting: "People ruining things for the real supporters. . . this will cause empty seats and I think it's a disgrace."

Tickets for the final have been on sale since last May, and have been split between the two finalists, with fans also buying them through the organisers, European Rugby Cup (ERC).

Yvan Cebenka from ERC said the face value of tickets for the sold-out event ranged from €15 to €55.

The RDS will host a capacity 18,000 fans for the crunch tie.

The club could easily sell double that amount of tickets if the final was being staged at a larger venue.

However, the match will remain at the RDS regardless of ticket demand, as the Heineken Cup final is being played at the Aviva Stadium the following day.

Irish Independent