The Rugby Football Union (RFU), governing body of English rugby union, has warned of the “high price” that could be paid by fans misusing their tickets for games at Twickenham Stadium ahead of the start of the Six Nations tournament this weekend.

While England will get its 2019 Six Nations campaign underway with a trip to face Ireland on Saturday, Twickenham will then host three home games against France (February 10), Italy (March 9) and Scotland (March 16).

The RFU operates a policy whereby at least half of Twickenham’s 82,000 international match tickets are sold within the game, in an effort to reward those involved in rugby and who underpin the success of the sport.

The remainder of the tickets are sold via the official England Rugby Hospitality business or to RFU Debenture Holders and the members of the England Rugby Club First XV. These are the only official ways to purchase tickets for the England men’s senior team matches and the RFU has moved to reiterate that it has no official relationship with any secondary ticketing or hospitality resale services.

The RFU has reminded fans that those entitled to buy tickets because of their rugby status are subject to sanctions for misuse of international match tickets, including the cancellation of tickets and the suspension of the entitlement to access tickets in the future. The RFU added that it is also monitoring the websites of secondary ticketing companies.

An RFU spokesperson said: “At the very core of the RFU’s constitution is the commitment to reward those who play, support and volunteer in rugby week in and week out, which is why at least 50% of the stadium’s 82,000 tickets for every international are made available to those that do.

“If these tickets are misused, in breach of the terms and conditions, the RFU will take action and the publication of the sanctions makes that process transparent. All ticketing profits are reinvested in the game so we are urging people not to misuse their tickets.”

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