THE WELSH RUGBY UNION and Ticketmaster, a Live Nation Entertainment company, have recently launched an initiative to create an official secondary market of international ticket sales by member clubs and the public to supporters.
The WRU has agreed the terms of a ground-breaking new deal, appointing Ticketmaster’s resale business, Seatwave, as the official ticket resale marketplace of rugby tickets for Welsh international matches at Principality Stadium – with more details and access to tickets available here: http://www. seatwave.com/wru
Under the terms of the arrangement the WRU will allow a limited number of tickets to be resold above face value by clubs via Seatwave, with clubs then allowed to retain any extra money raised through the sales.
There will be no restrictions placed on debenture holders, supporters’ club members or members of the public when reselling tickets via Seatwave, but all parties will benefit from the verification process on offer.
The WRU and Seatwave will seek to advise on pricing providing guidance to clubs and sellers over the prices to be charged, communicating average listing and selling prices.
The tickets resold will be verified by the Union and then re-issued to the buyer via the WRU Ticket Office. This verification process will ensure ticket buyers can be as confident buying resold tickets on the official marketplace as buying a ticket direct from the WRU.
Also under the terms of the arrangement all supporters will be informed, at the point of sale, of face value tickets if they are available.
As part of the agreement, the WRU, which allocated more than £22m back into Welsh rugby in the last financial year, has agreed that Ticketmaster will invest in the game in Wales.
The WRU has presented details of the new secondary market to member clubs through the district committees and the WRU Board has approved the initiative.
“Within the spirit of the new arrangement the WRU will actively promote the means of obtaining face value tickets so that they are always offered to customers if available,” said Craig Maxwell, WRU Group Head of Sales and Marketing.
“It remains the priority of the WRU to encourage supporters to obtain tickets directly from their local club at face value.
“However, we have chosen to review our position on the use of a secondary market for selling tickets following many years of trying to regulate secondary ticketing sites.
“In this time many sporting bodies have actually seen an increase in the use of secondary ticketing and supporters of the WRU and clubs have been and are continuing to use the secondary market to obtain tickets for Welsh international matches.
“The WRU have taken the decision to follow supporter demands and provide a service that is clearly being used already, but with the guaranteed safety and security for the ticket purchaser that only the WRU can offer.
“Supporters know that when they are using Seatwave, the tickets are genuine and they are guaranteed to see the match.
“We are pleased to be able to work with Ticketmaster, our long-standing ticketing partner, to offer a safe and secure secondary marketplace with an integrated verification process.
“This new arrangement seeks to protect supporters and promote our clubs as the primary sources for tickets to Welsh rugby matches and ensuring further investment into community clubs.”
Commenting on the agreement, Adam Newsam, Managing Director of Ticketmaster Sport, said: “This is a unique partnership that will benefit Welsh rugby, clubs and fans alike, as well as the grass-roots game.
“It’s a credit to the WRU that they have actively engaged with resale recognising the growing demand among fans to buy and sell tickets with confidence.
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the WRU on this innovative market-based response to the challenges and opportunities around ticket resale.
“Their fans will be offered greater choice, flexibility and protection, whilst at the same time the WRU will obtain a greater level of insight and influence on the ticket resale sector for their matches.
“This forward-looking approach to ticket resale will deliver real benefits for the game, and keeps the revenue within the sport and will eradicate the risk of fraud for verified ticket sales.”
Welsh Rugby fans can access the official ticket resale platform online at http://www.seatwave.com/wru. For more information, fans should follow Welsh Rugby Union and Seatwave on social media.
Pontarddulais Workmens seal fine victory in Snooker League
STEVE Dunn’s fine 73 break was the undoubted highlight of Pontarddulais Workmens’ solid 6-1 victory against Burry Port Legion in the Llanelli Snooker first division.
Mike Footman, Keri Davies, Adam Griffiths and Kevin Sullivan added winning support while just Rich Nurse averted the whitewash for the Legion, for whom Rob Davies made a 32 break.
Dan Wells also made a 70-plus break, a fine 74 knock as Matchroom Reds also won 6-1, R.Evans, J.Thomas, L.Grey and C.Price also on top against Upper Tumble Blues; only E.Rees won for the visitors.
Similarly, just Nigel Lewis won as his side, Ponthenri crashed 6-1 at Gorseinon Workmens’; D.Williams (47), J.Wilcox, M.Dodd and K.Murrells added wins for the Brighton Road cuemen.
It was closer at Trimsaran, where the home side edged a 4-3 win against Llandybie Social A, courtesy of J.Tudor, C.Thomas (30) and L.Lloyd; Lindsey Pugh, Huw Morgan and Wyn Major hit back for the latter.
Andrew Hatto and Gavin Lewis were on the ball for Morfa, who went down 5-2 at Snooker World Whites; Andrew Whitfield (51 break), B.Thomas, J.Gimblett and A.Krysa added wins for the Ammanford side ,who, in a busy week, also won 4-3 at Pontyberem, thanks to A.Krysa, C.Jackson and B.Thomas; E.Bowen, S.Caton and A.Harris replied for ‘Berem.
Pontyberem also during the week were beaten 5-2 at Cross Hands B, whose frame winners were A.Phillips, Dai Isaacs, Gary Stead and Paul Martin.
Llanesco enjoyed a 5-2 victory at Llanelli Cons A, following wins from P.Shoulder, L.Lloyd, D.Bohn and M.Stevenson; Cons’ winning duo were Mark Sargent and Gavin Quinnell.
Elsewhere, C.Jones and L.Jones (31) were on top for Reading Room Blues in the Burry Port side’s 5-2 defeat at Matchroom Whites, with C.Davies, D.Roberts, L.Davies and W.Bowen on song for the “Gwyns”.
In Division 2, D.Jones, D.Sigsworth and S.Wright edged an aggregate win by just 12 points for Llandybie RFC in a 4-3 result against Upper Tumble Reds, who hit back via Mike Sainty, S.Marsall and N.Allinson.
T.Rawlings, J.Dean and C.Hurley claimed a similar 4-3 win for Burry Port Reading Room Reds against Snooker World Blues; Chris Waters, Callum Fuge and Steffan Rees were on song for the visitors.
It also needed the aggregate to split the sides as Llandybie Social B saw off Cross Hands A 4-3, Steve Pearson, Ian Matthews and Howard Wood winning; Adam Rees, Scott Bundfuss and Elwyn Williams were on the ball for the latter.
Matchroom Blacks returned from their visit to Upper Tumble Reds clutching a 5-2 success, after Rhys Morgans, Dean Shoulder, Ryan Maides and James Anthony had all won their frames; Steve Marshall and R.Williams replied for the hosts.
Bern Price, Ray Barney, G.Stollery and K.Gronow gave the Gremlin Club A a 5-2 victory against Bryn A; J.Townsend and J.Jones replying.
In other news, there were Cup wins for Llanesco (4-1 against Cross Hands A), also Llanelli Cons A (5-2 at Matchroom Blacks), and for Llandybie Social B (5-2 over Bryn B).
Bury Port withstand Tenby fightback
BURY PORT had to withstand a strong second half comeback from Tenby United on Saturday (Nov 27) as they earned a 27-21 victory.
The Blacks had raced into a 27-0 at half time with tries coming from Lewis Daniel, David Booth, Bradley Crossman and Joshua Evans
Lee Evans added two conversions and a penalty as they built up a commanding lead.
In a game of two halves it was the Seasiders who started well in the second half and their play was soon rewarded.
Luke Dedman, Yannic Parker and Jack Broadhurst all scored tries for Tenby in the second half as they looked to get something from the game.
Gwion Jones converted all three tries from under the posts as the visiting Seasiders at least earned a losing bonus point for their efforts.
They were however left feeling that they could have won the game following their second half display.
They will look to put that right on Saturday, December 4, when they travel to Pontarddulais.
The win for Burry Port puts them top of the League 2 West table with 9 points from their opening two games.
On Saturday they will look for another win as they travel to Pontyberem.
PHOTO by Darren Harries
Legg departs Llanelli Town
MANAGER Andy Legg has left Llanelli Town as the club seeks to make a number of changes.
Lee departed on Thursday evening (Nov 25) while coaches Gary Lloyd and Chris Thomas have also left their roles.
It comes just hours after the club announced that captain Kyle Copp had also left the club.
Kyle made 42 appearances for the Reds scoring 8 goals. He made his debut against Goytre back in August 2019.
The club had also announced on Tuesday that Zac Brown was leaving the club. He had played 41 times for the Reds scoring nine times.
Speaking of Legg’s departure a statement on the club’s social media pages reads: “Although not an easy decision given his club status and what he has achieved over the years here at Stebonheath Park we would all like to wish him the best and he will always receive a warm welcome here.
“With our club vision set out by chairman Wayne Stephens many changes will be made throughout the whole club over the Christmas period.
“We will announce Andy’s successor in due course. Thanks again Leggy.”
Commenting on his departure on Twitter, Andy said: “Just a quick message to say thank you the supporters for you support during my time at the club. We wish the club well.”
Llanelli Town currently sit in sixth place in the JD Cymru South table with six wins, five draws and four defeats in their 15 league games so far this season.
Legg’s last game in charge of the club was a 3-0 loss away at Goytre United.
They are next in action on Friday, December 3, when they face Goytre United in the reverse fixture at Stebonheath Park, kick off 7:30pm.
PHOTO by Llanelli Town
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