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    Munster match becoming scalper's paradise
    By DUNCAN JOHNSTONE in Limerick - RugbyHeaven | Tuesday, 11 November 2008


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    BIGGEST GAME IN TOWN: Tickets for the All Blacks' historic rematch with Irish club Munster next week are being touted for as much as $1200 - more than 10 times their value.


    The match is being played at Limerick to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Munster's famous 12-0 win over Graham Mourie's 1978 tourists - a result remains the only time an All Blacks team has lost to any Irish side.


    It will also help celebrate the opening of Munster's new 26,000 seat stadium and it has long been a sell out.


    Stand tickets which are normally priced between $120 and $150 are being advertised on an Irish ticketing website for $1200.


    A terrace ticket bought for $90 is going for $900.


    Complicating the situation is that there have been no public ticket sales in rugby-mad Limerick.


    Tickets have been fed out through schools and rugby clubs in the area and also through the Munster Supporters Clubs.


    The flash new corporate facilities at the stadium have also soaked up their share.


    It's a situation similar to the troubles New Zealand has faced in recent seasons, particularly during the 2005 tour by the British & Irish Lions.


    And it's one that is disturbing the Munster organisation who are promising action to stop the touts.


    Munster CEO Garrett Fitzgerald said that tickets had been sold on the understanding that they wouldn't be resold at a higher rate and each ticket was traceable.


    The internet selling could prove difficult to counter. Needaticket.ie, who make take a 25% commission for onselling tickets, told the Limerick Leader newspaper they saw nothing wrong or illegal with their practice.


    Major sporting an entertainment events in this area of the word are renowned for touts scalping tickets outside stadiums and theatres.


    They will do that at their peril next Wednesday (NZ time) with the black market being targeted.


    "We will have guys looking out for touts and if we do find a ticket that is being sold at an increased price, we will identify where it came from and take action," promised Fitzgerald.


    He said that could include fines while organisations could face reduced or cancelled allocations in the future.


    RugbyHeaven visited the city of around 100,000 today and discovered that the All Blacks are certainly the hottest ticket going.


    The blood-red Munster flags drape many of the buildings in the city and fly from car windows. Fans are wearing their colours and there are plenty of rugby-themed pubs gearing up for the occasion.


    Shops are having a window-dressing competition


    The fact that both teams are likely to field weakened sides with the match falling between tests certainly hasn't affected the appeal of the fixture.


    Munster, the Heineken Cup champions, provide the backbone for the Irish test pack while the All Blacks are playing this match between their tests against Ireland and Wales.


    Match organisers are even running an on-site event underneath the new stadium at a facility called The Dugout where the match will be shown live on screens, enabling fans to say "they were there". Ticket prices for that are $60.


    The 1978 Munster team is having a reunion dinner and several members of the 1978 All Blacks are believed to be coming to the match.


    Bryan Williams, who played on the left wing in the only loss the All Blacks suffered as they became the first Grand Slam winners, is leading a supporters tour on the current visit.


    Halfback Mark Donaldson could also be in attendance.


    It will be a huge occasion and some of the current All Blacks will help open Munster's new $1m rugby museum which is part of the impressive Thomond Park Stadium, rebuilt on the same site where the 1978 match was played.


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    #2
    That some of the '78 All Blacks will be there shows a great commitment from the NZ side. Maybe we could look forward to more frequent midweek games. I mean once a year or every couple of years. Its great that the ABs are willing to make one step in the direction of a traditional tour.

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      Originally posted by KapKremmen
      That some of the '78 All Blacks will be there shows a great commitment from the NZ side. Maybe we could look forward to more frequent midweek games. I mean once a year or every couple of years. Its great that the ABs are willing to make one step in the direction of a traditional tour.

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        #4
        Anyone paying 10 times the face value of a ticket ,needs therapy.

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          Originally posted by leftwinger
          Anyone paying 10 times the face value of a ticket ,needs therapy.
          In most cases they would be people who have absolutely no other ticket source, leftwinger. With no public sale, there are a lot of people in this position.

          I suspect however, that those looking for 10 times the face value may well end up having to sell for a lot less. I recall seeing some idiots outside the Irl vs Eng game in 2006, looking for 500 for a spare, nobody was showing any interest and I can only assume that those tickets end up going for a lot less.

          As for ebay auctions, from what I can see, the tickets are mostly going for around 160-250, now ebay take about 10-15 euros out of that and paypal another chunk. Somebody touting a ticket for 220 euros may well only get 180 or so in the end. Pretty stupid really.

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