It is virtually a given that French rugby teams do not travel well. Nonetheless,it still came as a surprise when Saracens announced on Wednesday that their first opponents in the new European Champions Cup on Saturday, Clermont – who were entitled to 20% of the tickets for the 10,000 capacity Allianz Stadium – had only sold 33 tickets to fans. That number would be exceeded by the French club’s official entourage.
Saracens’ comment via their website was “the lack of response is surprising.”
And not quite the brave new dawn the new competition was hoping for……