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... but rugby chiefs climb down with cheaper deal

RUGBY bosses have backed down after furious fans complained about ticket prices for Ireland's autumn internationals.

The IRFU had expected supporters of Brian O'Driscoll's team to fork out a massive €340 for tickets as part of an inflexible package deal.

But last night the union released a statement saying a second package will now be available for less than €200.

Initially, fans were being told they must buy tickets to all four autumn games at the Aviva Stadium.

The squad will play South Africa, Samoa, New Zealand and Argentina in a series of high-profile matches.


However, fans argued they simply couldn't afford to attend all four games and the prices would dent supporter numbers.

But last night, the IRFU said: "Following consultation with the provincial branches and various constituent clubs, the IRFU has announced amended linked ticket packages for the series

"Clubs will receive their quota of tickets for all four international matches in the Guinness Series as a single package, but have the option to distribute them to individual members within the club on a linked basis for the South Africa/Samoa and New Zealand/Argentina games."

The price of tickets for both the South Africa and Samoa matches will be €150 while the New Zealand/Argentina option will cost €190.