Criticism has been directed towards Rugby World Cup organise’rs due to their perceived anti-competitive ticket policies, leading to the potential for thousands of vacant seats at the much-anticipated England versus South Africa blockbuster semi-final on Saturday night.
As of Friday night, there were still more than two thousand tickets available for resale on World Rugby’s official website for the rematch of the 2019 World Cup final, with prices ranging up to £300.
Additionally, numerous premium seats, some priced at up to £500, remain available for general sale, as they had not been initially sold.
World Rugby’s decision not to collaborate with ticket resale platforms like StubHub or RUCK partner viagogo has stirred controversy. This choice prevents the re-release of returned tickets at discounted rates to fans and denies supporters unable to attend games the opportunity to recoup a portion of their expenses.
“Attempts to control markets harm fans by limiting their choice, flexibility and access,’ Viagogo’s managing director Cris Miller told Mail Sport.
“It also risks empty seats when so many people would love to experience these huge events.
“Rugby fans who have purchased tickets to knockout games their teams will no longer feature in want the flexibility to recoup some, if not all, of their money via a safe platform, whilst giving other supporters a chance to watch their team.
“Fans want a transparent, competitive and regulated secondary market and that is why it is essential we provide a safe and open marketplace to help them gain access to events.’
You can already get your 2024 Six Nations tickets through viagogo with tickets for England’s clash with Italy starting from £27.
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NIGEL OWENS: MY TOP 5 CAPTAINS
#5. Chris Robshaw (England)
The flanker is a former English rugby union player who captained the national team from 2012 to 2015.
Known for his exceptional work rate and leadership skills, Robshaw was a dynamic flanker who made a significant impact on the field. He enjoyed a successful club career with Harlequins, where he played for over a decade. Robshaw’s dedication and commitment to the sport earned him numerous accolades and the respect of his peers.
Off the field, he is admired for his philanthropic efforts, using his platform to support various charitable causes.
Owens said: “Some people will be surprised at this one to start off. His misfortune was perhaps to be leading England during a difficult time, but he always gave everything for the cause, encouraging others to follow suit, and he was a nice guy off the pitch.”