There are 500 days to go until the kick-off of the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the dates of ticket sales have been announced.
England Rugby 2015, the organising committee for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, has today announced the dates of the general ticket sales window.
Tickets for all 48 games will go on sale via an application window which opens on September 12 and closes on September 29, 2014, a year in advance of the tournament.
From September 12, members of the public will be able to select the matches they want to attend across the country and in Cardiff, with any oversubscribed matches balloted.
England Rugby 2015 today also announced details for the international Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour, celebrating rugby and taking the Webb Ellis Cup to 15 countries in the build-up to the tournament.
The tour will be delivered in partnership with Land Rover and DHL and will depart for Japan on May 20, 2014 for the first leg of the tour.
In addition to Japan, the route will include visits to Australia, Fiji, Madagascar, Kenya, South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay, China, USA, UAE, Italy, Germany, Romania, France before returning to England on 100 days to go (June 10, 2015) for a tour of the UK and Ireland.
As tournament planning progresses at pace, the search to find the 6,000 volunteers to welcome the world to England and to rugby in 2015 is well underway with over 20,000 applications received to join ‘the Pack’.
Try-outs (selection events) will be held between June and December 2014 in every 2015 Rugby World Cup host City with members of ‘the Pack’ confirmed in January 2015.
Debbie Jevans, England Rugby 2015 CEO, said: “Our plans are right on track with 500 days to go. We are pleased to announce the dates of the general sale today, allowing fans to save the date and plan.
“We have seen a very strong response to the Rugby Community Ticket Programme and we are pleased we have enabled clubs to recognise their loyal fans with access to tickets for the 2015 Rugby World Cup on home turf.
“From today, members are being registered and 500,000 tickets will go on sale from May 16 through to June 30.
“We are very excited to announce the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour plans. This gives us a unique opportunity to celebrate rugby around the world in the lead up to 2015, engaging and exciting rugby fans and potential new audiences ahead of the tournament.
“Visiting 15 countries, including nations qualified for the World Cup and emerging rugby markets, gives us an opportunity to showcase the global game and its shared values.
“In Land Rover and DHL, we have two brilliant partners who are longstanding supporters of rugby, and we look forward to the start of the tour in Japan later this month.”
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