Rugby World Cup gaffes bode badly for French Olympics

Crammed trams and beverage shortages at venues last week left fans frustrated and organisers on the back foot

Delays at Stade Véldorome in Marseille meant thousands of England and Argentina fans failed to get into the ground in time for kick-off. Fans also complained that the stadium ran out of beer. Picture: INPHO

Fans who attended the Ireland vs Romania game in Bordeaux and the England vs Argentina game in Marseille were left frustrated last week as transport systems strained under the weight of getting people to the ground. And, once there, many found getting a beer or even a bottle of water far from easy.

World Rugby has promised there won’t be a repeat of the difficulties faced by fans in accessing games for the rest of ...