World Rugby has reinforced its commitment to protecting fans with the successful seizure of a significant number of tickets supplied at unauthorised hospitality events in a direct breach of the Rugby World Cup 2015 ticketing terms and conditions.
The operation was successfully executed in advance of the opening match between Fiji and England at Twickenham on Friday night, following intelligence obtained by Rugby World Cup through its integrity programme.
The holders of the tickets that were seized had attended an unauthorised hospitality event arranged by The Hospitality Group (THG) in Teddington under the marketing title The Triple Crown Club and other unauthorised hospitality at Cole Court under the marketing title The Grand Slam Club.
In line with the significant Buy Official education programme undertaken by World Rugby and tournament organisers England Rugby 2015 in partnership with the City of London and Met Police since the ticketing launch in November 2013, purchasers were refused entry to the ground and provided with information regarding the Buy Official programme.
World Rugby spokesperson: “This seizure reinforces our commitment to protecting the genuine fan and that we are serious about cracking down on unauthorised providers who breach the ticketing terms by purchasing tickets and coupling them with unauthorised hospitality at a massively inflated price.
“It is prohibited within the Rugby World Cup 2015 ticketing terms and conditions to couple any tickets with unauthorised hospitality packages and fans are urged to only buy tickets via the official public, travel and hospitality ticketing routes detailed via rugbyworldcup.com in order not to be let down.
“We continue to gather intelligence regarding unauthorised hospitality providers and urge any fans who believe that they have unwittingly purchased tickets through unofficial sources to contact the official hospitality programme via our website www.rugbyworldcup.com/hospitality”
A spokesperson for Rugby Travel and Hospitality, the exclusive provider of hospitality and travel packages, said: "We fully support the action taken by Rugby World Cup in tackling the unofficial hospitality market for Rugby World Cup 2015.”