New Zealand cancel over 700 ‘fraudulent’ tickets

Date published: July 19 2019

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) have cancelled over 700 tickets for their clash with South Africa after they were bought on the secondary market.

The Rugby Championship fixture is scheduled to take place next Saturday at Wellington Regional Stadium, which can hold 34,500 spectators.

However, NZR have released a statement saying that any tickets being sold on re-selling websites are “fraudulent” and have been cancelled.

“Unfortunately it is highly likely that some of these tickets will have already been on-sold to unknowing fans on the secondary market,” said NZR chief commercial officer Richard Thomas in a statement.

“Our message to fans is that if you choose to buy All Blacks tickets on the secondary market through online re-sellers like Viagogo, you run a huge risk of not entering the venue or having to pay inflated prices for tickets.

“Those fans may only discover their tickets are invalid when they present them at the gate.”

South Africa won last year’s game against New Zealand at the Wellington venue but the All Blacks went on to claim 2018’s Rugby Championship.