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2,3 million tickets for Rugby World Cup

More than 500,000 tickets priced at R850 or less will go on sale in 2014 in a staged process.

Rugby fans can start planning their 2015 Rugby World Cup experience following the announcement of the ticketing programme. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Rugby fans can start planning their 2015 Rugby World Cup experience following the announcement of the ticketing programme for the showpiece event.

The tournament organiser and the International Rugby Board confirmed that at least 2,3 million tickets will be available for the tournament.

Tickets will only go on sale in 2014 in a staged process, which will give loyal fans a fair chance. More than 500,000 tickets priced at R850 or less will be for sale.

Child tickets will be available for less than R120 for 41 of the 46 matches, while the cheapest tickets for adults will be available for close to R250.

Committed fans who want to attend the final of the World Cup at Twickenham will have to fork out between R2,450 and R12,000.

The key dates to purchase tickets are:

  • January 1, 2014 - Travelling fan packages go on sale

  • February 2, 2014 - Hospitality packages go on sale

  • May/June 2014 - Tickets on sale to rugby fans through rugby clubs

  • September 2014 - General sale application process begins

  • November/December 2014 - Real-time sale of remaining tickets

England 2015 Chief Executive Debbie Jevans said, "Today we are launching our ticketing plans so that fans understand the process for Rugby World Cup 2015. We want the tournament to be a celebration of rugby, encouraging more people to support and enjoy the game.

"We have a range of ticket prices for every budget - for fans and families who want to come to one of the world's greatest sports events. Our ticketing programme is built for fans who support the game week in week out, whilst encouraging a new generation of rugby fans."

IRB Chief Executive Brett Gosper added, "This announcement represents a fantastic opportunity for fans around the world to experience what promises to be a very special Rugby World Cup. It is the day that they can start to plan. There are affordable and accessible options to suit every need."