Additional tickets on sale as the countdown to Rugby World Cup 2015 marks 50 days to go
Issued on behalf of England Rugby 2015
Fans across the world have just 50 days to go until the start of Rugby World Cup 2015, hosted in England and in Cardiff between September 18 and October 31, 2015.
As the countdown continues, to what is predicted to be the biggest Rugby World Cup to date, fans will today have further opportunities to be part of Rugby World Cup 2015 as an additional 30,000 tickets go on general sale from 1200 (BST) for matches in Pools A and B via tickets.rugbyworldcup.com. Tomorrow (July 31) a further 25,000 tickets will also go on general sale from 1200 (BST) for matches in Pools C and D.
The additional tickets go on general sale following sales of over 45,000 tickets this week for England and knock out matches, sold to fans who applied for these matches during the ballot in September 2014 and had been unsuccessful in purchasing tickets to date.
Tickets are also still available for international and domestic fans via the official supporter tour programme at www.rugbyworldcup.com/supportertours.
With 50 days to go, fans across the UK & Ireland are already enjoying the build-up to the world's third largest sporting event with over 50,000 people engaging with the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour. The 100 day tour of the UK & Ireland today reached Housesteads Roman Fort, visiting Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland, where the Webb Ellis Cup was welcomed Cup by 25 members of the Ermine Street Guard in authentic dress waving the flags of the 20 competing nations. Rugby World Cup 2003 winner Mark Regan and England Rugby 2015 Managing Director Stephen Brown also marked the halfway point of the Trophy Tour which has already travelled over 5,000 miles and to over 150 events. Click here (see notes to editors for login details) to view images from Housesteads Roman Fort and here to view the highlights of the last 50 days of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.
England Rugby 2015 Managing Director Stephen Brown, said: "With just 50 days to go, the countdown is on for everyone looking forward to Rugby World Cup 2015. Today fans have further opportunities to be part of Rugby World Cup 2015 with an additional 30,000 tickets on general sale for Pool A and B matches via tickets.rugbyworldcup.com and a further 25,000 tickets for Pool C and D matches tomorrow.
"Excitement continues to build for the Tournament and we are delighted that over 50,000 people have already been part of the 100 day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour of the UK & Ireland. The Tour has travelled to Scotland, Wales, Ireland and spent 25 days in England so far, and the interest and enthusiasm has been fantastic. You can feel momentum building right across the country and, with planning on track, we look forward to our next phase of testing and readiness as we get ready to deliver what promises to be a fantastic Tournament."
World Rugby Chairman, Bernard Lapasset, said: "England 2015 is going to be a truly special celebration of Rugby and the fantastic ticket sales to date reflect the enormous public desire to be a part of the sporting highlight of the year. Every Rugby World Cup generates its unforgettable moments on and off the field. From the host venues to Fanzones, the feel-good factor is beginning to sweep the nation and further afield as we look forward to an England 2015 Tournament that will write another very special chapter in this remarkable Rugby World Cup story."
As well as engaging with the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour, fans across the country will start to see the Rugby World Cup 2015 City Dressing programme from August 7. All Rugby World Cup 2015 Host Cities, plus Rugby, will begin to dress their streets, celebrating Rugby and getting ready to welcome the world in advance of September 18.
Fans can also start planning their Tournament with the Rugby World Cup 2015 Spectator Journey Planner now live at www.rugbyworldcup.com/journeyplanner and download the official Rugby World Cup App via http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/mobile. As Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets start to be despatched, ticket holders are being encouraged to plan in advance. The user-friendly journey planner informs fans of additional travel options in place to assist them on their journeys to and from match venues and Fanzones during the Tournament. Fans can also follow @RWC2015Travel to get live travel information during the Tournament and ask any travel related questions.
Images and footage from the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour can be accessed here. Login details are:
In order to enjoy the best possible spectator experience and not be let down or misled, Rugby World Cup 2015 are urging fans to only buy tickets from these official sources. For more information and to check whether a company or certain website is an official RWC2015 channel, fans can see the 'Official Checker' list of agents located at www.rugbyworldcup.com/buyofficial
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Tackle Hunger is a partnership between World Rugby and its official humanitarian partner, the UN World Food Programme, which highlights the importance of good nutrition not just to play rugby but to enable children to develop both physically and mentally. For Rugby World Cup 2015, the Tackle Hunger Million Meal Challenge aims to generate one million meals for the WFP school feeding programme to help nourish the bodies and minds of the world's hungry children. A series of planned activations including profile-raising events, donation opportunities when purchasing tickets, social media activity and in-stadia messaging is encouraging the rugby family to take up the challenge to help build a brighter future for undernourished children. To find out more, click HERE
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