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Friday 30 October 2015 | Published in Regional


TWICKENHAM – Tickets are still available for seats at the Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham, with prices ranging from $1300 to an eye-watering $18,000.

The All Blacks and Australia face off in the final at Twickenham on Sunday.

Olivier Wheeler, a spokesman for international secondary ticketing website Viagogo, said there were some great bargains available – despite one person on the site asking more than $18,000 for their ticket.

People could offer tickets for whatever price they liked but the market decided what it was worth, Wheeler said.

Tickets were going for under face value, with category A tickets selling for about $1300, he said.

“A lot of tickets come on to the market unsurprisingly when each of the home teams went out of the tournament, and that led to a lot of tickets, which led to prices crashing.

“They’ve stabilised now at just under face value.”

The bargains were great for people who had to pay a lot of money for flights and hotels.

Meanwhile, fans on both sides are getting ready to watch the world’s ultimate rugby rivals face off.

In Auckland, Brett MacLean has decked out his downtown sports bar, The Fox, for the tournament – the flags of the two rivals take centre stage behind the bar.

He said the bar had been “crazy busy” during the big games so far and he was expecting bigger crowds this weekend.

“It’s like a Bledisloe on steroids. I mean, anything could happen but it will be the big one.”

The early starts had not put the punters off, MacLean said.

“The crowd really gets in a wild state when their team wins, and we’re kind of looking forward to the All Blacks coming through on the final. It’ll be pretty intense in here.”

Other rugby fans out and about in Auckland told Radio New Zealand they would be watching the game from their homes, and backing the All Blacks.

“I’m totally loyal, so I know they’re going to win, big time,” one person said.

“Very confident they’re going to pull through, because they’ve got Richie McCaw and Dan Carter,” another fan added.

Others were just keen to have the tournament over and done with. - RNZ