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# Tickets
'It was a great shame' - Brian O'Driscoll explains frustration with IRFU ticketing fiasco
Ireland captain admits that the poor turn-out affected the team’s performance last autumn.

IRELAND RUGBY CAPTAIN Brian O’Driscoll has criticised the Irish Rugby Football Union because of the ticketing fiasco that marred the November Tests.

The autumn series was played in front of a half-empty Lansdowne Road as a row over pricing structure erupted with the country’s clubs.

Now, the Leinster centre has expressed his frustration with the sorry episode in the latest edition of Hot Press magazine.

“For the 11 years I’ve been playing for Ireland it’s been a given that our home games have been full or close to full regardless of the opposition,” he said. He added:

This was not the first time we didn’t have that and it was a great shame, because the bigger crowd, the bigger buzz you get from them and the better you play.

“The cheer you get from a full stadium definitely affects the team.”

Read more in the latest edition of Hot Press magazine