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Confirmed: Lions rugby tickets to go on general sale this Sunday

Get online this weekend and you could be joining Jonny, Jamie, Brian and Cian in Australia.

Keith Wood and Brian O'Driscoll on the 2001 Lions tour.
Keith Wood and Brian O'Driscoll on the 2001 Lions tour.
Image: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

TICKETS FOR THE British and Irish Lions tour matches against Australia will go on sale this Sunday from 10pm.

The Australia Rugby Union has confirmed today that vendors Ticketmaster, Proticket and Ticketek will release the first batch of match tickets for public sale over the course of the night [or day if you are in Australia].

In June and July, the Lions, led by coach Warren Gatland, will travel to Australia for six warm-up and three Test matches against the Wallabies. It will be the first time the Lions have toured Down Under since 2001.

Tickets for the second and third Tests and the tour matches against the Rebels, Brumbies, Waratahs and New South Wales will go on sale at 10pm [Irish time] on Sunday.

First Test tickets and entrance stubs for the tour match against Queensland Reds will be released an hour later, with the general sale for the tour opener against Western Force at 1am on Monday morning [Irish time].

Queue jumping

Batches of match tickets have been available for Super Rugby members in Australia for the past fortnight while there was a six day sale to the ‘rugby community’ Down Under, for many of the matches, in early February.

Individuals signed up as Qantas airlines frequent flyers have also been able to jump the queue ahead of the upcoming tickets release.

Many rugby supporters in Ireland and Britain have already secured tickets through tour  and club groups, with the latest release of seats open to the general public.

Ticketek is running five pricing categories for the Test matches - platinum, gold, silver, bronze and silver alcohol-free.  The cheapest adult ticket [bronze] is approximately €72 with the most expensive [gold] coming in at about €225.

The maximum number of tickets that may be purchased for the Test matches is four. Eight is the limit for tour games.

Gatland will not name his touring squad until mid May but several Irish players, including Jonathan Sexton, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Brian O’Driscoll and Sean O’Brien, will be hopeful of inclusion.

To get you in the spirit of the upcoming tour, here is Irish star O’Driscoll running amok against the Wallabies in 2001.

YouTube credit: MyRugbyTV

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