The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is urging its fans to ‘recycle’ their tickets rather than looking to resell them on secondary sites.

England’s governing body for the sport is encouraging its fans to offload any 6 Nations tickets they are not able to use through the Ticket Exchange section of the official England Rugby ticket website.

Tickets can then be officially resold to other England Rugby fans and refunds issued to the original purchaser, once resold.

Its statement reads: “Resale websites such as Viagogo, Stub Hub, Gumtree, ebay, or Live Rugby Tickets have no association or official arrangement with the RFU and often market tickets which do not exist on a speculative basis and sometimes at inflated prices.”

Steve Brown, RFU chief executive, said: “Watching England play at Twickenham is a special experience and we value all the fans that come to support our teams.

“We are urging fans not to risk their money or risk being refused entry by using either unauthorised re-selling or buying tickets through unofficial means. All money generated by the RFU from ticket sales is invested back into rugby, so we ask fans to only buy official and offload and recycle unwanted tickets through us.”

At least 50 per cent of the Twickenham’s 82,000 tickets for every international are sold direct to the clubs, constituent bodies, referee societies, universities, colleges and schools that in turn grow and develop the game.

England is set to host Wales in the 6 Nations Championship on Saturday, with Ireland to play at Twickenham on March 17.

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