IRFU reject claims ticket policy is 'elitist'
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 in two between South Africa/Samoa (€150-€185 for one ticket per match) and New Zealand/Argentina (€190-€240).
Even with the reductions, many rugby followers around the country believe that the costs of attending the November internationals are prohibitive and that rugby's grassroots is losing out.
However, the IRFU say their pricing policy is necessary to properly fund the game and dispute claims of an "elitist" attitude when it comes to filling the new stadium.
"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.
"We do have to try and find a balance, continuing to make the game accessible but also having to fund the game from the grassroots level up to the representative and professional levels.
"The international game has always been the way the game is funded. Any surplus that is generated goes into the grassroots and all the way up to international level."