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'Ticketing not elitist' -- IRFU

RUGBY: The IRFU have rejected claims that their ticketing policy for the redeveloped Lansdowne Road has priced the 'ordinary' rugby fan out of the Aviva-sponsored stadium.

They initially offered four-game packages for Ireland's November internationals against South Africa, Samoa, New Zealand and Argentina for prices ranging between €340 and €425.

This policy was revised last week when the packages were split between South Africa/Samoa and New Zealand/Argentina.

Even with the reductions, many rugby followers around the country believe that the costs are prohibitive and that rugby's grassroots are losing out.

"We wouldn't agree that there is an intention of making rugby an elitist sport," said an IRFU spokesman yesterday. "We have a responsibility and are trying to fund the game as best we can."

Blues beat Ulster

Rugby: Holders Leinster made it two wins out of two in the Schools U-18 Inter-provincial championship at Donnybrook yesterday, beating Ulster 37-13.

Captain Luke McGrath gave a mature display as Leinster got tries from No8 Luke Satchwell, centres Conor McEllin and Rory Kavanagh and wings Michael Mellett and Mark Roche.

CRICKET: Pakistan's High Commissioner to Britain has accused the (Pakistan Cricket Board of lax communication of cricket laws during the match-fixing controversy and a failure to maintain discipline.

High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan wrote a letter to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, who is also patron of the PCB, complaining that the PCB management "kept the diplomats unaware about the laws of ICC relating to alleged match-fixing."

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