We have been advised by the RFU that the basis for the allocation of international tickets will change for this coming season, covering the Autumn Internationals, and the 2021 Six Nations Championship.
Whilst the RFU are confident that the Quilter Autumn Internationals, including matches against New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and Tonga, will go ahead as planned the impact of Covid-19 means that the capacity of Twickenham will be severely restricted to just under 10,000 as opposed to 80,000+. As this will have a significant effect on RFU finances (estimated at £85m) the normal system of allocation has been suspended for this season alone.
Currently over half of the tickets are supplied to clubs and other constituent bodies with the remainder to debenture holders, hospitality clients, corporates and sponsors and some ticket agencies. For this season an “income – focused approach” will be adopted i.e. selling tickets to those paying the highest prices and only when this market has been satisfied will tickets be made available to clubs. As can be seen from the figures quoted it is unlikely that any will be available to clubs.
The Six Nations is likely to be covered under the same principles although it may be that capacity will be increased by then, although the allocation system will not be restored until capacity is increased beyond 50,000.
Should any tickets become available members will be notified in the normal way.