Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Autumn Internationals Rugby 230,000 hospitality sold

Welsh fans have snapped up more than 230,000 hospitality for the four games in this autumn International , with the sold-out signs already having gone up on public sales for the matches against wales V argentia and wales V Australia.

While there are limited hospitality packages left for those two matches, there are still hospitality available for the matches against 2011 World Cup opponents wales V Samoa on Friday, 13 November and wales V Argentina, who finished third in the 2007 World Cup, eight days later.

With the Welsh regions having done so well in the opening two rounds of the Heineken Cup, sales are now beginning to pick up for the Invesco Perpetual Series games, with more than 30,000 having been sold for the Samoan match and more than 50,000 for the game against the Australia

"The rate of sale of this hospitality has certainly quickened in recent weeks and the success.

"Warren Gatland always said that Heineken Cup form would be crucial to his team selection and it looks as though the players have responded to his call judging by the wins over London Irish by the Scarlets, ASM Clermont Auvergne by the Ospreys, Harlequins by Cardiff Blues and Glasgow by the Dragons.

"It means the fans will see Welsh players running into peak form when they are on parade for the national side next month in this vital series of matches. What a challenge it promises to be against three teams sitting above Wales in the IRB World Rankings and one of our 2011 World Cup Pool opponents.

"Th sales hospitality have surpassed the corresponding figure for our 2008 Invesco Perpetual Series clash England VAustralia - that game was eventually played in front of a crowd of 58,000 - and we are way ahead of the sales for the last two visits to Cardiff by the Argentineans.

"They have played Wales three times at the Millennium Stadium. We had a full house when we met them in the historic opening game of the 1999 Rugby World, had 39,000 at the 2001 match that the Pumas won and 36,736 for the Welsh win in August, 2007."

Selected hospitality packages remain the only way to watch Gatland's Welsh side take on the All Blacks or the Wallabies although the top priced 'platinum package' for England V New Zealand are sold out.

Remaining tickets for theWales V Samoa and Wales V Argentina matches in the Series are available from, Tel: +44 (0) 208 4943 243 , fax: +44 (0) 208 614 0811, Email: hospitality for Wales v Samoa on Friday 13 November are priced at £95 hospitality for Wales v Argentina on Saturday 21 November are available at £145

Fans interested in purchasing hospitality for all games, which ranges from £95 to £145 per person and is now sold on an individual basis, should call the hospitality team on: +44 (0) 208 4943 243 or visit

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