19 May, 11:13
There are six uncapped players in the Ireland squad for the summer tour to North America that was named this morning. An Emerging Ireland squad has also been selected for the Tblisi Cup in Georgia.
The decision by ERC Ltd to sell 26,000 tickets has led to the current problem and why or how they arrived at that particular figure remains a mystery. Well not so much the why perhaps, for profit of course, but who decided it should be 26 and not, for example, 21 or 23.5. And did most of the 26k end up, as one Leicester source suggested, "in the hands of the glorified ticket touts."
It's a shame that Munster and Leicester supporters have been treated so shabbily. Throughout Ireland, the phones of anyone even remotely connected with Munster or any senior level in Irish rugby, are been bombarded by those desperate for tickets. Travel agents who sold packages in the expectation of receiving tickets are now faced with cancellations, angry customers, lost revenue.
With that in mind how ironic the comment from ERC Chief Executive Derek McGrath in the media saying, "We are delighted to have two of the best supported teams in the European Cup final."
Congratulate yourselves on the Millennium Sell out if you will but spare a thought for the others who were sold out - the genuine Leicester and Munster supporters.