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Wednesday 23 January 2019

RFU defend £195 All Blacks tickets

The RFU faces challenging times
The RFU faces challenging times

Mick Cleary

The Rugby Football Union has defended ticket prices of £195 for England's match against New Zealand in November, the highest at Twickenham outside of World Cup tournaments, by stating that every penny of profit will be ploughed back into the sport.

The rise from a top-end Six Nations price of £165 is counter-balanced by the fact that children's tickets will be offered for the first time - except for the most popular Six Nations fixtures - with the lowest price at £20. There are discounts for 50pc of the 82,000 tickets, with the most expensive New Zealand ticket reduced for members of rugby clubs to £160.

Even though the pricing categories have been set, the precise percentage of ticket categories in each tier has not yet been disclosed.

RFU chief executive Steve Brown made no apology for looking to exploit the huge demand for the All Blacks game, as the union capitalises on the first meeting of the teams in four years.

"We are not here to make profit per se but to generate a return to be invested back into the game," said Brown, who also revealed that there would be around 8,000 free tickets offered to 16 to 24-year-old players registered at clubs for the England v Barbarians game at Twickenham on May 27.

"New Zealand is a blockbuster fixture and supply always outstrips demand for our games. Our research shows that we could have priced every ticket at £195 and still sold out. The demand is exceptional. As it is, we get 1.5 to 2.5 million inquiries for tickets for big matches. Twickenham has become a big event."

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