Confident rugby fans buy 9,000 final seats
CONFIDENT Irish rugby fans have snapped up 9,000 tickets to the Heineken Cup final.
With three Irish teams in the quarter finals, fans of Leinster, Munster and Ulster have been eagerly purchasing tickets for the final, which will take place in London's Twickenham Stadium on May 19.
Figures supplied by tournament organisers ERC to the Herald reveal that an estimated 9,000 Irish fans have already got their tickets to the showpiece.
It is thought that the majority have been secured by fans of champions Leinster. A spokes-person said that over 45,000 tickets have already been sold.
With 27,000 tickets reserved for officials and various rugby associations, that leaves only 10,000 tickets left on sale to the public. The short supply of tickets could become a major problem if an all-Ireland final comes to pass. For the first time Ireland has the most participants in the quarter finals, with three. France has two, with England, Scotland and Wales one each.
Recent history suggests the tickets won't be going to waste either, as Irish teams have been in four out of the last six Heineken Cup finals.
The tournament resumes after the Six Nations, with the quarter finals on Easter weekend. Leinster resume their challenge against Cardiff Blues on April 7 in the Aviva Stadium, while Munster and Ulster clash in Thomond Park a day later.