All Blacks test tickets at more than three-times the price

By Donna Miles

All Blacks captain Kieran Read in action. Photo / Brett Phibbs
All Blacks captain Kieran Read in action. Photo / Brett Phibbs

Tickets to this weekend's sold-out Bledisloe Cup match are being resold at more than three times their original price on Trade Me.

Standard tickets to the Eden Park game originally cost between $75 and $95, but tickets listed on Trade Me today have bids of up $260.

There are 20 tickets listed on the auction site - and with as many as 46 people watching some of the listings, the prices are likely to go up further as the auction heats up nearer to the closing time.

The match, which kicks off at 7.35pm on Saturday, is the third and final game between the All Blacks and Wallabies at Eden Park.

Auckland Rugby Union project manager Grant McKenzie said public tickets for Saturday's game went on sale on July 18 and were all sold out within three to four weeks except for some scattered single seats.

"This now happens with all All Black test matches," he said.

McKenzie said Auckland Rugby Union was aware of the secondary sales of tickets on some resale sites but did not have a position on the matter.

"We neither support or condone this method."

The Major Events Management Act, introduced ahead of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, gives officials greater powers to combat scalpers. However, the law only applies to major sporting tournaments.

Last year, after tickets to the Super Rugby final fetched up to $1500 online, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce ruled out new laws targeting scalpers.

Betting agency TAB has the Wallabies paying $10 to win. The All Blacks are at $1.30.

MetService meteorologist Stephen Glassey said Saturday was going to be fine with showers clearing in the morning.

But rugby-goers should still dress warm as Glassey expected the weather to be on the "cool side of things".

Glassey said he expected temperature of around 13C, and a fresh southwesterly wind of 13km/h.

- NZ Herald

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