The scramble for Rugby World Cup tickets begins again this week, but getting your hands on a ticket to watch your team may be tricky.
Organisers have warned that supply is tight for certain matches.
“While there is still reasonable availability for certain pool matches, tickets for the most popular matches remain extremely limited. These include all knockout stage matches and pool matches featuring the host nation Japan, defending champions New Zealand, as well as Ireland and England”, World Rugby said.
Tickets will now go on sale on January 15th for those applicants who missed out in the 2018 ballot, before the general public are allowed to try and snaffle a ticket, on January 19th.
Japan Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee CEO Akira Shimazu said: “With less than 250 days to go before Asia’s first Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan, it’s incredibly exciting to see the phenomenal response from rugby fans here in Japan and from across the world. The huge demand for tickets points to Rugby World Cup 2019 being a truly special tournament.”
“For anybody considering buying tickets for matches that still have availability I suggest you move as quickly as possible when first-come-first-served sales begin. The huge demand from domestic rugby fans unable to secure tickets for Japan matches will spread quickly to the tournament’s remaining matches. There are still some great tickets available and we want to ensure that we welcome as many foreign fans as possible for this once-in-a-lifetime tournament.”
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World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont added: “Rugby World Cup is proving to be the event to attend in 2019 with record ticket applications. The incredible demand for tickets demonstrates that Asia’s first Rugby World Cup has truly captured the imagination of fans around the world. It will be a tournament that has fans and teams at heart, celebrates rugby and Japan and will further the reach and growth of the sport across Asia and around the world.”
But if fans are unable to secure tickets in the January sales window, organisers have said that limited quantities of tickets will be periodically made available for sale across 2019 as new ticket inventory becomes available.
How to get your RWC 2019 tickets:
Log on to https://tickets.rugbyworldcup.com
2019 Rugby World Cup two-stage sales process:
Stage 1: Exclusive sales for unsuccessful ballot applicants begin 20:19 Japan Standard Time (JST) on Tuesday 15 January until 23:59 (JST) on Thursday 17 January, 2019 (The ticketing site will close for essential maintenance between 01:00 and 05:30 (JST) on Wednesday 16 January, 2019)
Stage 2: General sales begin 10:00 (JST) Saturday 19 January until 23:59 (JST) Sunday 31 March, 2019
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