Tickets for ‘incredibly tough’ autumn series on sale
WALES’ Autumn Nations Series matches against New Zealand, South Africa, Fiji and Australia go on public sale for the first time on Thursday, August 12.
Tickets will go on sale online from 10am, on a first come first serve basis, with half-price concessions (u17s) available on all tickets.
Wales face the might of the southern hemisphere in arguably their toughest autumn campaign to date, with Principality Stadium back to 100% capacity.
It would be dubbed the ‘ultimate group of death’ if Wales were pooled with the All Blacks, Springboks, Wallabies and flying Fijians in a World Cup competition.
The current aggregate world rankings of each opposition side add up to 20, significantly better than the six nations opposition (26) overcome by Wales when they lifted that 2021 Guinness Six Nations title last season.
“It’s an incredibly tough set of fixtures,” said Wales head coach Wayne Pivac.
“We start with the top two sides in the world on back-to back weekends in Cardiff and there is no let up, with Fiji and Australia both capable of testing us to our limits.
“But this is what international rugby is all about. Testing ourselves against the best and we will relish the challenge.”
The grouping has only happened three times in autumn fixtures since the turn of the century, when Wales began hosting the four-match series – in 2005, 2010 and 2014.
In ’05 all games in the series sold-out as the nation celebrated the first Six Nations Grand Slam for 27 years sealed only a few months earlier.
And tickets to watch New Zealand are normally the hottest in town with the fixture producing a capacity occasion at Principality Stadium each time of asking (10) in autumn games so far.
If demand from the official supporters club members is anything to go by, All Blacks tickets in 2021 will be gold-dust once again after like for like sales, on day one, doubled the figures reached in 2017.
Prices for the clash start at £40, with tickets also still available in limited numbers at £75, £85 and £95 – half-price concession prices also apply for under-17s across all categories for the first time (£20, £37.50, £42.50 and £47.50).
Supporters can buy with confidence with a full refund policy, in the event of circumstances changing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, remaining in place after Wales has moved to alert level 0 making Principality Stadium now available at full capacity.
Wales will be looking for a first win over the Men in Black since 1953, and only their third of all time
There have been 31 attempts since the 13-8 win at Cardiff Arms Park almost 70 years ago, ten in modern ‘autumn series’ matches in Cardiff, but all have ended with New Zealand wins.
Outside of summer tours and World Cup games, the two sides have met at least every two years in the autumn since the turn of the century, when the new Principality Stadium was opened.
That is until 2017, when a 33-18 win marked New Zealand’s last visit of the decade to Wales.
Four years on, and the Wales head coach can think of no better way to welcome supporters back to a packed-out Principality Stadium, after a pandemic induced hiatus, than for his Six Nations Championship winning charges to take on his native country.
“South Africa are World Champions, they can now add Lion-tamers to their list of achievements and we will have the utmost respect for them in our preparation, as we will with both Australia and Fiji,” said Pivac.
“But New Zealand are the yardstick by which we all measure ourselves throughout the world game.
“We want to win every game, but they are also a team we would particularly like to beat. It is neither accident nor coincidence that no Wales side has achieved that ambition for the best part of 70 years.
“We will be doing our best to change the statistic. We know it will be difficult, but it will be all about what happens on the day and I can guarantee it will be worth watching us try.
“We have to back ourselves. The All Blacks will not take us lightly and they will want their winning run to continue, but runs end.
“We have built a strong squad and will be able to welcome some experienced internationals back for the series after a gruelling British & Irish Lions tour, which will have only left them even more hungry for wins against the very best opposition.
“We are excited about an incredibly tough campaign but, most importantly, we are delighted to finally be able to share the experience with the many thousands of supporters who will be there to cheer us on at Principality Stadium.”
Digital tickets are available from wru.wales/tickets with prices ranging from £10 to £35 for Fiji (that’s £5 to £17.50 concession) and from £25 to £75 for both the Springboks and Wallabies matches (or £12.50 to £37.50 at concessionary rates) with the half-price U17s offer available in all ticket categories for all matches. Supporters who have successfully purchased tickets are encouraged to download the Principality Stadium ticketing app to be able to receive their digital tickets for the autumn fixtures
Official WRU Hospitality packages are also now available to purchase, with prices from £325 +VAT. For more information and details of how to book please visit: wru.wales/VIP.
For supporters wanting to incorporate a night’s stay with their match day ticket, The Parkgate Hotel, Cardiff’s newest and most luxurious hotel is offering Autumn Nations Series match day packages. More details can be found on the hotel website: www.theparkgatehotel.wales
Off-site hospitality packages are via Events International and can be found here and Official Travel Packages can be purchased through Gullivers Sports Travel at: gulliverstravel.co.uk
For more information on the Autumn Nations Series 2021 matches at Principality Stadium, please visit: wru.wales/autumn2021
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