Rugby: Tickets for test all but sold out

Carisbrook is expected to be a sell-out for the test between the All Blacks and France tomorrow night.

Otago Rugby Football Union marketing manager Chris Green told the Otago Daily Times last night the test was "on the verge of a sell-out again".

"I don't envisage any gate sales being available on the night.

"I'm proud of the support the people of the south have given us again."

The capacity of Carisbrook for the test is 28,500.

Included among the 87 tickets are 14 in the main stand that have been returned by a travel agent.

"This includes a block of four and two doubles," Green said.

Because of the strong public support for the Springbok test last year and the expected sell-out for the French test, Dunedin is likely to be awarded a test against Wales next year.

"The best way to ensure this is to sell this test out," Green said.

Dunedin crowds have been small for the Super 14 and the Air New Zealand Cup but the city sets the standard for test sales.

A spokesman for the the Wellington Rugby Football Union said 27,500 tickets had been sold for the second French test in Wellington next Saturday.

The capacity at the Cake Tin is 34,500.

Just 10,500 tickets have been sold for the test against Italy in Christchurch on June 27.

The venue has a reduced capacity of 26,000.

Patrons are advised to collect their tickets from Carisbrook today, because the roads around the ground will be closed to traffic tomorrow.

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