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Rugby-Massive local demand for Lions tickets: South Africa Rugby

CAPE TOWN, Sept 24 (Reuters) - South Africa Rugby said on Thursday it could have sold its local ticket allocation for next year’s tests against the British & Irish Lions three times over such was the demand.

SA Rugby held an online ballot for local fans to register their interest for tickets, which will be allocated on Friday, with 323,964 applications received for the tour.

Supporters from outside South Africa had a separate ballot but no figures have so far been released on the number of applications received.

“As we expected, interest in the three tests was extremely high – they are two to three times oversubscribed – but we are confident that we’ll get as many people as possible into the stadiums,” SA Rugby Chief Executive Jurie Roux said in a media release.

“We also know that not everyone will take up the tickets they are issued and there will be a re-sale phase later on, so all doors are not necessarily closed.

“But we do want to warn fans and discourage them from buying from illicit vendors as those tickets cannot be guaranteed.”

The Lions will play three tests, two in Johannesburg and one in Cape Town, on an eight-match tour from July 3-Aug. 7 next year.

Reporting by Nick Said; Editing by Peter Rutherford