The English are among the world’s biggest rugby fans. If you are in England you are sure never to be far from a rugby game. Rugby is played on several different levels in England, from local teams through professional club sides to the international level. The ticket acquisition process is different at each level of play.
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Just turn up at the rugby field to watch a local team play. These teams rarely require tickets to be purchased in advance, and you can usually find fixture details in the local newspaper or club website. Use the Find A Club tool on the Rugby Football Union (RFU) website to find the club nearest to you (see the link in the Reference section below).
Buy a season ticket to guarantee entrance to the games played by a professional club. Top level club rugby in England is played in the Guinness Premiership, and all teams at this level offer season tickets. Although they can be quite expensive, having a season ticket means you can attend all your team’s home fixtures throughout the season, often with your own allocated seat. Some season tickets offer extra benefits, such as tickets for additional games and events. For example, holders of 2010-11 season tickets for the London Wasps team could also attend a preseason rugby sevens tournament. Alternatively, you may be able to buy a ticket at the stadium on the night of the game, but bear in mind that many games sell out in advance.
Join the England Rugby Supporters Club (ERSC) to enter a ballot for international tickets. England’s home games are played at the 82,000-seat Twickenham Stadium outside London, but demand for tickets far outstrips supply. The ERSC ticket ballot takes place for both the Six Nations (played in the spring) and England’s autumn internationals, usually played against teams from the Southern Hemisphere such as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The only sure way to guarantee tickets to England’s home internationals is to invest in a debenture, which entitles the holder to tickets for 10 years, or to hire a luxury executive box for a specific game. For current prices on all these options, check the RFU website.
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