Nottingham Rugby are pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for the match against one of the giants of South Pacific rugby; Tonga, who will visit Lady Bay on Friday 28th August (7.30pm kick-off), for what promises to be an exciting and memorable international encounter.
The ‘Ikale Tahi’ or ‘Sea Eagles’ when translated, are all set to bring their star-studded squad down to The Bay to face the Green & Whites, as they look to test their wits against strong opposition, in preparation for the biggest international competition the sport has to offer.
History will also be made on the night, as Nottingham have never previously faced an international side in their entire 138 year existence, which is sure to add extra spice and prominence the Pacific islanders’ trip to The Bay.
Tickets are now available to purchase using the club’s online ticketing system, with the options of sending them via post (with an extra £1 charge for postage) or by collection from the ticket office on the night of the match.
Presently, tickets may be available to purchase on the night of the fixture, although the club recommends that you book in advance to avoid match night queues and the possibility of a sell-out crowd at The Bay.
Due to circumstances beyond the club’s control, there will not be any seating available for this fixture, although there will be a designated disabled supporters viewing area, where seats will be provided for anyone unable to stand. Club staff have worked very hard over the past few weeks to secure this fantastic fixture but despite the club’s best efforts, no viable temporary seating option was available.
Ticket prices are £15 for Adults, £12 Concessions (Over 60s & Disabled), £7 Students (with full-time student card) and £2 for Under 16s.
Please click here to purchase tickets or click on the ‘Tickets’ section at the top of the website. If you have any queries regarding ticketing, please call the club office on 01159070070.
The club are also hoping to introduce a ‘Print At Home’ ticketing option in the coming days. Further information on when this will be launched will follow in due course.
Hospitality is also available at the game for the great price of just £50, which includes a match ticket, 2 course meal, car parking, Q&A session featuring a first team coach or player and a match programme. Places in our brand new marquee are already going fast, so book now to avoid disappointment, as a sell-out is expected.
Tonga’s squad is certainly guaranteed to be littered with stars from some of the top clubs across Europe and the Southern Hemisphere, with the likes of Newcastle Falcons flanker Nili Latu, Exeter Chiefs hooker Elvis Taione, Western Force lock Steve Mafi, as well as their second all-time try scorer Fetu’u Vainikolo, amongst the big names likely to be called-up for duty.
There’s also little doubt that Tonga head coach Mana Otai will field a full-strength squad to face Martin Haag’s men, with their World Cup kicking-off against Georgia, just 22 days later.
After meeting Georgia on the 19th September, at Kingsholm, Gloucester, the ‘Ikale Tahi’ then face further World Cup pool games against Namibia, Argentina and the might of current world-champions New Zealand.
The game will also be Nottingham’s final pre-season clash before their 2015/16 Greene King IPA Championship season begins on Sunday 6th September, as they make the long trip to Penzance to face the Cornish Pirates (3pm kick-off). The action at Lady Bay then gets underway the following Sunday, as Nottingham play host to local-rivals Doncaster Knights on 13th September (3pm kick-off), in what is being dubbed the ‘Big Kick Off’ down at the Bay.