ARU KEEPS BRISBANE TEST TICKETS AFFORDABLE

The Australian Rugby Union has refused to increase prices for the "best seats in the house" at this year's Bledisloe Cup Test between the Qantas Wallabies and the All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Top-end platinum, gold and silver category tickets for the 13 September blockbuster one of the highlights of the 2008 Bundaberg Rum Rugby Series have been maintained at the prices charged for the same match at the same ground two years ago.

Platinum tickets will go on sale at $189, gold tickets at $159 and silver tickets at $119.

Bronze category tickets are $84 a $5 increase on the $79 charged for the 2006 Bledisloe Cup Test involving the Qantas Wallabies and New Zealand in Brisbane.

Family packages in the silver and bronze categories have also been subject to minor price increases.

But for the 5 July Test in Brisbane where the Qantas Wallabies will play France, the ARU is offering a series of price-busting options.

Platinum tickets have been set at $104 and gold tickets at $84 the cheapest on offer in those categories for a Brisbane Test in the past five years.

Meantime, silver category tickets at $69 are at the same price as 2005 when France last played the Wallabies in Brisbane.

The Test against the World Cup semi-finalists will be the first for the Qantas Wallabies in Brisbane under new coach Robbie Deans.

Tickets for the Brisbane Tests go on sale to the general public through Ticketek from 9am on Wednesday, 14 May.