Fans going to see the 2019 Six Nations may have to buy the most expensive tickets in Welsh history.
Category A tickets are being set at £110 with a limited number at the minimum price of £40.
Many supporters have expressed outrage at the move including WRU Supporters Club member Ian Thompson, who said that a family of four going to see both matches would be facing a bill of nearly £1000 when taking account of the match-day experience with includes travel and other fees. He added that people in Wales don’t have the disposable income that fans from the south-east of England would have, meaning that working-class Welsh rugby fans will be priced out despite being the backbone of the sport.
For last years 6 Nations, supporters going to Twickenham were paying up to £161 for their games against Wales and Ireland, with prices being over £30 more for their autumn clash with the All Blacks.
For last month’s Autumn Internationals at the Principality Stadium, the priciest category saw tickets for matches against Australia and South Africa selling for £75, a decrease of £35 from the cost of matches this spring.
A WRU spokesperson said that Six Nations matches “are steeped in history and always much anticipated”, and stressed that matches against England and Ireland “sell-out quickly”.
Despite the price rise, the WRU are still confident of selling out their matches against two of the highest-ranked teams in world rugby, expecting the matches to sell-out through their member clubs rather than going on sale to the general public.