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I'm looking for some advice on getting tickets to an AFL match and a rugby match while we're in Australia in July and August. We don't know much about rugby, and nothing about Australian rules football, but the family is interested in checking out some matches. However acquiring tickets is not easy.

There's an AFL match on July 26 between Hawthorn and Essendon in Melbourne that fits with our schedule really well. Tickets are on Ticketmaster, but it appears that they are either sold out, or only available to all sorts of various Inner, Club, Premium, and AFL members or something. We're not familiar with the terms, and there's not much explanation on the website. When I click on those links it asks me to input a barcode, so I'm guessing those are for people that have signed up for some sort of membership. It's not clear whether the public tickets are sold out or just haven't gone on sale yet. Will public tickets be released at some later point? If not, is it possible to buy them from third parties (scalpers)? Here in the US there are lots of websites doing that (e.g., StubHub); not sure if that's even legal in Oz.

Then there's a match between the Wallabies and the All-Blacks on Aug 17 in Sydney. Looks like tickets haven't gone on sale yet. But the website ( says that they're only available to Australian residents. Is this true? Or easily circumvented? If not, how is a visiting American to buy tickets?

Any advice for us clueless sports fans is greatly appreciated!

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