More than 30,000 of the 34,000 available tickets for this weekend’s Heineken Cup semi-final clash between Leinster and Clermont Auvergne have now been sold.
The game at Stade Chaban-Delmas is expected to sell out by the end of the week.
It will prove costly for Leinster fans to get there however as Aer Lingus are offering return flights from Dublin – Bordaux for over €400. Ryanair are charging €114, but there is no return flight.
There are other options with a connecting flight to Bristol and on to Bordeaux being charged at €100. Some have chosen the ferry but that could be the most expensive option considering French fuel rates.
Clermont prepared for the weekend’s clash with the defending Heineken Cup champions by impressively 22-9 beating Montpellier, though they suffered a number of injuries during the game and now face a back row injury crisis.
“We were expecting a huge physical challenge against Montpellier and we got it,” said French international Julien Malzieu. “It was great preparation for the semi-final against Leinster.”
Meanwhile Ireland and Leinster two-time Heineken Cup winner Shane Horgan has delivered an impassioned plea to the IRFU as Leinster continue their fight to hold on to star backs Isa Nacewa and Luke Fitzgerald.
“There’s a group of players at Leinster who only know success and they should be nailed down to continue that into the future. We shouldn’t be losing top players,” said the Meath native, who had to retire earlier this year due to injury.