By Laura Lambert For The Daily Mail
Published: 00:26 GMT, 2 March 2019 | Updated: 00:27 GMT, 2 March 2019
The huge extent of corporate hospitality at Twickenham means that one in eight seats at this year’s Six Nations matches has been reserved for VIP guests.
Of the 82,000 seats at the home of England rugby, just under 11,500 have been set aside for those being wined and dined by England Rugby Hospitality.
A further 1,640 tickets have been reserved for guests of commercial sponsors.
Yet no tickets were made available directly to members of the public for the team’s most recent match against France in February.
The huge extent of corporate hospitality has meant that of the 82,000 seats at Twickenham Stadium, just under 11,500 have been set aside for VIP guests.
Although the Rugby Football Union’s (RFU) ticketing policy is intended to prioritise commercial supporters of the team, tickets seem to be going to secondary ticketing websites. (Stock image)
Although the Rugby Football Union’s (RFU) ticketing policy – in which 41,000 are offered to rugby clubs, schools and colleges – is intended to prioritise commercial supporters of the team and avid rugby fans, it seems to instead be feeding the secondary ticketing website vultures.
Hundreds of fans are turning to websites like Viagogo in desperation to watch England play, and are spending vastly-inflated sums for tickets that may not even get them through the Twickenham turnstiles.
The RFU says it will refuse entry to fans who buy tickets on resale sites and has threatened to take action against any clubs or members who