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Farrell's 6 Nations ticket cost me €534

A RUGBY fan paid five times the face price for a 6 Nations ticket allocated to England player Owen Farrell.

Rose Waldron (39), from Co Offaly but working in London, was desperate to get to Ireland and England's Triple Crown clash at Twickenham last weekend.

"I'd tried every other avenue and at 10pm on Friday night I decided to buy a ticket online," she said.

The ticket should have cost £70 (€85), but it was on the Viagogo website for £350 (€425). Ms Waldron ended up paying £440 (€534) after VAT and re-seller fees.

When she got it she noticed it was an "England Team" ticket and had the name O Farrell.

"What a surprise when I received my ticket to find it was allocated to Owen Farrell of the England rugby team," she said.

The England fly-half is understood to have been shocked to hear the ticket was sold online because it had been intended for a relative who it turned out could not attend the game.

There is no suggestion that the 22-year-old intended to make any money from it, or that he benefited.

The English Rugby Football Union (RFU) last night confirmed it was investigating.

A spokesman said: "We're looking into how this ticket came to be available on a secondary site, which we take extremely seriously."

Ms Waldron said she was happy with her seat in the East Lower Stand, only five rows from the pitch and close to the try line.

"I had a clear view of the teams," she said. "Owen Farrell was practising his kicks right in front of me."

But she also called on the RFU to hand all tickets not needed by players to supporters' clubs.

Twickenham Stadium confirmed it had clamped down on rogue tickets and had hired solicitors in a bid to identify the people selling them.