Monday 11 December 2017

Organisers warn Irish fans not to travel to U-20s World Championship final without tickets

Andrew Porter of Ireland is tackled by Marcos Kremer of Argentina. Photo: Sportsfile
Andrew Porter of Ireland is tackled by Marcos Kremer of Argentina. Photo: Sportsfile

John Fallon in Manchester

Supporters hoping to watch Ireland’s bid for glory against England in the World Rugby U-20 Championship have been urged not to go to the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday if they do not have a ticket.

There are some remaining tickets on sale for the showdown on Saturday but these are expected to be snapped up for the 11,500 stadium.

The game is taking place at the home of Sale Sharks RFC and the Salford Red Devils rugby league side, and is located at Eccles in Greater Manchester, about ten kilometres south-west of Manchester United’s base at Old Trafford.

The AJ Bell Stadium was built four years ago on a brownfield site and can be difficult to access on match days and a spokesperson for World Rugby urged fans not to go to the ground unless they had a ticket.

“We expect a sell-out crowd, especially with the hosts England taking on Ireland, and we are advising fans not to travel to the AJ Bell without a ticket,” he said.

The limited number of remaining tickets are on sale and Ireland’s match will be the third of the day at the venue on Saturday.

South Africa and Argentina will battle it out for third place in the first match at 2.30pm, followed by the clash of reigning champions New Zealand and Australia for fifth place.

Ireland’s clash with England will kick-off at 7pm and will be broadcast live by TG4 and Sky Sports.

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