Friday 22 November 2019

Reds in Toulouse ticket raid

Munster's Donnacha Ryan is tackled by CJ Stander during squad training at the University of Limerick this week ahead of tomorrow's game against Treviso
Munster's Donnacha Ryan is tackled by CJ Stander during squad training at the University of Limerick this week ahead of tomorrow's game against Treviso

John Fallon

Munster supporters have pulled off another daring raid on opposition tickets and the vast majority of the fans in Thomond Park for the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Toulouse will be backing Rob Penney's men.

Toulouse, under ERC regulations, have been allocated a quarter of all tickets for the clash tomorrow fortnight, but it seems now that the bulk of their 6,150 tickets will end up in the hands of Munster supporters for the big match.

Toulouse will this weekend have to return any unsold tickets, but it is believed that a large chunk of their allocation has already been snapped up by the home fans.

Last year Reds supporters managed to get their hands on a disproportionate number of tickets for their Heineken Cup quarter-final against Harlequins at the Stoop.

And it seems they have repeated the feat this time round, with the airline transport link between Shannon and Toulouse, where the Airbus factory is located, proving crucial in securing the tickets.

Toulouse insisted on selling tickets only to fans with addresses in France, but the large number of people working in the aviation industry there from the Shannon region proved very helpful.

So, too, did the large number of Munster people who have holiday homes in the south of France.

These addresses were used to access tickets and it is now believed that close on 24,000 tickets have found their way into Munster hands for the crunch collision.

Munster Rugby say they have been inundated with queries for tickets and, while there will not be enough to satisfy the demand, a big chunk appears to have been wrestled from the opposition long before the game kicks off.

It is now estimated that only around 1,500 Toulouse supporters will be in Thomond Park.

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