Just The Ticket
Top tickets for Wales v England in next years RBS 6 Nations will be priced at £100
There is no getting away from the fact that at fifty eight years of age, and a budding Victor Meldrew, I am riled by pretty much any price rise, but the news that to watch a Wales match, in Cardiff, could cost as much as my first car makes me very relieved that I am on medication to control my blood pressure.
In 1974 as an acne ridden teenager I attended my first England v Wales match, at Twickenham, the ticket cost the princely sum of 65p.
France’s home international tickets start at 15 euros, which is probably the best value for money to be had anywhere, I know people who are watching the All Blacks and Australia at the Stade de France this Autumn for a total sum of under thirty quid.
As a youngster a ticket for a rugby international was always affordable, just very difficult to get hold of, I hope we are not going to make international rugby an elitist event.
Love At First Bite
Enough has been written about Chris Ashton this week so I will not bore you any further on that score, but it served to remind me of a biting incident that took place in 2015 that went without sanction.
Italian prop Martin Castrogiovanni was forced to miss the Scotland v Italy six nations match last year, after being bitten by a friends dog.
Castro was bitten on the nose resulting in an injury that required fourteen stitches.
I’m not sure as to the colour of the dog but my guess is that it was black, as the four legged assailant was neither cited nor cautioned after the incident.
Saracens defeat at Harlequins brought to an end the young man’s remarkable run of 31 wins in 31 starts for club and country.
Maybe this is the week for unbeaten runs to be broken, in which case it’s over to you Los Pumas….. Vamos !