144 tickets for France Six Nations clash 'lost'
An investigation is underway after 144 match tickets for the home game against France in the RBS Six Nations were "lost in transit".
The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) is advising fans looking to avail of tickets for the sold out Ireland-France encounter on February 14 not to buy tickets off unofficial sellers.
The IRFU will cancel the lost tickets and have reissued them to the clubs they were originally destined for.
It is believed that seven packages containing the 144 tickets went missing during delivery, but it is not believed that the tickets have "fallen into the wrong hands".
An Post said it is investigating the incident as a matter of urgency.
"An Post is working with the IRFU and Ticketmaster in respect of seven registered mail items which appear not to have reached their destination," the spokesperson said.
"Replacement tickets have been issued to the affected customers and while there is no reason to believe that the outstanding items have fallen into the wrong hands, the IRFU have taken the opportunity to remind rugby fans never to buy tickets from unofficial outlets," An Post added.
There was controversy in the lead up to last year's All-Ireland Hurling Final after tickets went on sale on the black market, ranging between €250 and €375 each.
Although Ireland's Valentine's Day affair with France is sold out, tickets can still be bought on 'marketplace' sites.
London based company Viagogo is offering tickets for the match with prices ranging from €120 to €1,888 for section 125.
The site provides fans with what it describes as "a safe and secure platform on which to buy and sell tickets".
Last year, English out-half Owen Farrell found himself at the centre of ticketing controversy after a ticket reserved for him turned up on the Viagogo website for 600pc its original value.
The £70 ticket for last years Ireland-England encounter at Twickenham was meant for the friend of one of Farrell's relations, but ended up being sold on the website for £440.
English rugby's governing body the Rugby Football Union (RFU) determined that the out-half did not act erroneously in the sale of the ticket and did not profit from the transaction and he was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing.