The Welsh Rugby Union has unveiled a controversial ticketing policy ahead of their Rugby World Cup warm-up games this summer. Following on from the hugely contentious decision to award caps for the recent exhibition game against the Barbarians, the WRU have announced all Welsh fans who attend the August matches in Cardiff against England and Argentina will be awarded full caps.
Desperate to fill the Millennium Stadium due to ongoing financial burdens, as well as the loss of income from the lack of November internationals in World Cup year, the WRU marketing department believe the policy will lead to both matches being a sell out.
"We are delighted to announce that our match against England on the August 13 should see at least 60,000 new caps awarded," said WRU spokesperson Geriant Williams. "This is a great moment in the proud history of Welsh rugby and a key moment in our 130th Anniversary celebrations. We urge all Welsh fans to get behind the team and reach for that credit card. For as little as £15, plus a small booking fee, you can win your first Welsh cap."
The WRU have revealed that all Welsh fans that purchase tickets and supply documentary proof of Welsh heritage, or can prove at least three years residency in Wales, will be recorded in the WRU record books as internationals. There will be no age or gender barrier to those being awarded caps.
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