Sports Tickets International are the “official” ticket reseller for NZRU are well known to Kiwis in the Northern Hemisphere for whacking a massive 50% on to the face value of All Black tickets. Last year I estimated that this dodgy practice earned them around 1.8 million New Zealand dollars from five tests. The New Zealand Herald even rand a story on it titled titled Fans put hard word on NZRU over agent’s ticket charges.

I wrote a blog entry on it and one fan even commented that he and his mates had sued STIL for breach of terms and conditions and they had won thousands of dollars.

The other problem with STIL’s offering this year is that ALL of the ticket packages include the All Blacks v Barbarians match at the end of the tour on the 5th of December. To me this is the test I am least likely to attend.

STIL’s ticket packages are available to purchase here.
http://www.stilrugby.wb.gs/bookings.html

The test dates for the end of year tour are as follows:

31 Oct All Blacks v Wallabies Tokyo
07 Nov All Blacks v Wales Cardiff
14 Nov All Blacks v Italy Milan
21 Nov All Blacks v England London
28 Nov All Blacks v France Marseille
05 Dec All Blacks v Barbarians London

As far as I can tell NZRU haven’t made any official announcement regarding last years Herald article so it’s hard to know if fans will be any better off this year. Anyone looking to book tickets for the Italy, France and the Barbarians tests online and avoid any mark-up form STIL can buy them from these alternative sites.

To buy tickets for the Italy game on the 14th November try this link:
http://www.ticketone.it/EN/chooseProduct.jsp?cdProduct=RCSS2009TE1114

To buy tickets for the Barbarians game on the 5th December try this link:
http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1200428695CB3654?artistid=930704&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=225

To buy tickets for the France game on the 28th November will have to register on this link:
http://partenaires.ticketnet.fr/shop/en/manif.asp?idmanif=175060&idtier=1493223