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Tickets for Ireland's Grand Slam bid on sale for £4k

By Ian Begley

English rugby bosses have issued a warning over the resale of tickets for Ireland's Grand Slam clash with England as the precious passes are being flogged in excess of £4,000 online.

Unscrupulous sellers are taking advantage of those desperate to witness sporting history at Twickenham this weekend, with many tickets being offered on resale sites for well over their original value. had 139 tickets for sale yesterday evening, ranging from €916 to a staggering €4,949.

UK-based Stubhub also had a number of Ireland v England tickets left for sale, with the most expensive being £3,750 (€4,226) per ticket for a seat on the lower west section of the stadium.

The cheapest ticket on the website last night was for £599 for an upper east seat. also had 12 tickets up for grabs, ranging from £715 to £990.

It was reported that people on the popular ticket website were also selling tickets for more than €1,000. However, there were none left by 8pm yesterday.

Other touts were turning to websites such as eBay and Gumtree to sell the high-in-demand tickets.

England's RFU urged people not to purchase tickets being offered for far more than their face value.

"If you buy tickets or hospitality from a party who is not authorised by the RFU to sell them, you risk being denied entry with an invalid tickets or not receiving a ticket/hospitality at all," read a statement on the union's website. "The RFU takes the issue of black-market tickets very seriously and is doing everything in its power to curtail the activities of unofficial sales through street touting, unauthorised ticket agencies/corporate hospitality providers, as well as internet sites such as Viagogo, eBay, Seatwave and Get Me In."

The IRFU also have strict rules on the resale of tickets.

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