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New Zealand rugby fans are converging on Tokyo clutching their tickets to Friday night’s bronze medal match at the Rugby World Cup – but at least two Kiwi fans have admitted they’ve lost their tickets to the final.
Ian from Riverton and his friend had tickets to the final, until they went missing on a night out on the town in Tokyo.
“We just can’t remember where we have been, so we can’t remember how to get back to find them,” he toldRNZ.
“My mate lost his whole wallet, including the tickets, which are now very very valuable.”
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RNZhas previously reported that the ticket re-sale website Stubhub is selling top level tickets to the England-South Africa final for $25,687 – a 1771 percent increase on the original price of $1450.
The cheapest ticket in Category D at International Stadium in Yokohama sold for $1113 – it’s original price on the Rugby World Cup website was $363.
Saturday will mark the first appearance in the final for both South Africa and England since they played each other in the 2007 decider in Paris, won by the Springboks.
The disappointment of missing out on the World Cup final still lingers for All Blacks fans in Japan.
But having come all the way to watch the former world champions, most opted to stay on for tonight’s bronze final rather than head home early.
Jason from Rotorua says he thinks he’s more more gutted than the players, but he’ll be there on
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