Terrace closed at Lansdowne Road after fire sees thousands of ticket holders refused entry to Ireland New Zealand rugby match.

An investigation is underway into the cause of a fire at Lansdowne Road stadium resulting in the closure of the North Terrace for the international test between Ireland and New Zealand.

This move sees more than 7,000 rugby fans refused entry to the match, many of whom had travelled from New Zealand for the game. The All Blacks fans are disproportionately affected as most North Terrace tickets were sold on the Internet.

Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) chief executive Philip Browne says an investigation and a full safety report and survey will be carried out,

We'll be pretty hopeful that we’ll have the terrace opened up for the Ireland Australia match next weekend.

This is small comfort for the fans that had travelled from New Zealand to Dublin specifically for the match. Two New Zealanders are annoyed with the situation they find themselves in as they had booked flights and accommodation only to,

Get told on the day sorry you can’t come in and there’s no back-up plan.

Ticket refunds will cost the IRFU a quarter of a million euro, but those who bought tickets from touts at inflated prices will only get the face value returned.

Two New Zealand women who met An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern outside the venue told him of their plight. They are delighted when he organises tickets for them to watch the match. Another pair of New Zealanders are gifted a single ticket but have to toss a coin to see who can go into the stadium. Those less fortunate take solace in the pubs near Lansdowne Road.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 12 November 2005. The reporter is Will Goodbody.