Viagogo Offer More Than A Thousand 6N Tickets

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8 February 2019

The RFU has defended its ticketing model and hit out at the resale market after secondary ticketing site, Viagogo claimed that it is providing a necessary service by offering the public Six Nations tickets that would otherwise be unavailable.

An investigation by the Guardian newspaper found more than 1,100 tickets available on Viagogo for the Six Nations.

Some of the tickets were for England home matches despite the governing body’s terms and conditions stating that reselling tickets on secondary websites is prohibited.

Two-thirds of the tickets on offer were in the hands of just five Viagogo “traders” who were not fulfilling the transparency criteria recently demanded by the CMA (Competitions and Markets Authority).

“The reason nobody can get a Six Nations ticket from the box office is because the RFU doesn’t make tickets available to the general public,” a Viagogo spokesperson told TheTicketingBusiness.com. “Thankfully tickets to every game are available on Viagogo.”

Viagogo added in a later statement: “RFU members should have the right to buy and resell tickets just like anyone else. It’s unfortunate that the RFU would punish the people who have supported the sport the most.

“Members, debenture holders, season pass holders and the general public have the legal right to do whatever they want with their own property. It is well-known that the RFU allocates a great number of ‘VIP Hospitality’ tickets to well-connected VIPS and elites, by selling them through England Rugby Travel, their affiliated travel company.

“Insiders estimate that at least

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