Wales fan loses ticket to Wales Six Nations clash with England at Millennium Stadium
A SWANSEA Valley rugby fan has lost the ottest tickets in town.
Amer Hussain was delighted when his local rugby club, Trebanos RFC, said that he had been successful in his bid for a pair of tickets.
The 34-year-old Trebanos player was over the moon as the move would mean he would be able to see the village's hero, Justin Tipuric, line up for Wales in their attempt to win this year's 6 Nations title through defeating the Old Enemy by seven points or more.
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Cue that sinking feeling - long before the game had kicked-off.
The tickets had been mislaid and despite the rugby club having exact details of the allocation and payment, the Welsh Rugby Union were unable to provide replacement tickets.
An unhappy Mr Hussain explained: "I realised that they were lost on Wednesday so the WRU have had plenty of time to sort it out. It isn't as if I bought them online and they can't be traced, the club have the record and the serial numbers and have validated my claim.
"I'm absolutely gutted, what a match to miss, it's the last game of the season, Wales against England, a chance to win the championship and Justin Tipuric is playing!
"I suppose I will just have to watch the game at home on the television now as I'm down £150."
Trebanos RFC chairman, Chris Penhale, said: "It's a bit disappointing in this day and age, with modern technology, that they can't issue replacement tickets.
"We just hope that somebody hasn't picked them up and kept them for themselves.
"There is always a demand for tickets from the club but with it being such a big game and with our very own Justin Tipuric in the side, the demand has gone through the roof.
"It must be really disappointing for Amer, especially and his friend is playing."
A Welsh Rugby Union spokesman said: "It is important we make clear that the WRU fully sympathises with Mr Hussain's situation, but it is, unfortunately, a scenario which we encounter from time to time when tickets are lost or otherwise misplaced.
"In 2005 the WRU introduced a policy of declining any request to issue duplicate tickets for a defined seat or seats at the Millennium Stadium.
"The reason for the move is that we were faced with a scenario in which more than one individual turned up for a Wales international rugby match with a valid ticket for the same seat.
"Lost tickets are not uncommon so, as the organiser of frequent major events at the stadium, we risked creating match day problems which it was unreasonable to expect stewarding staff to unravel at sell-out games."
The WRU spokesman added that they had offered Mr Hussain the chance to buy replacement tickets.