World Rugby has announced that more than
4.5 million Rugby World Cup 2019 ticket applications have been
received since the programme launched in January 2018.
With Japan proving the place to be next
year, the general ticket application period, which ran from 19
September to 12 November, saw in excess of two million tickets
applications for an available inventory of 300,000 tickets.
Over 40% of demand came from outside
Japan, suggesting that Rugby World Cup 2019 is on track to host the largest number
of overseas visitors in the history of the tournament.
World Rugby Chair Bill Beaumont said, "Rugby
World Cup 2019 is shaping-up to be a very popular, special and
game-changing Rugby World Cup. 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."
The next opportunity to purchase tickets begins
at 10:00 (JST) on 19 January 2019 when first-come-first-served
general ticket sales begin.
With limited availability for matches
involving Japan, New Zealand, Ireland, England and the knockout
phases, fans are encouraged to use the ticket availability
indicator on the ticketing website to give themselves the best
opportunity to secure Rugby World Cup 2019 tickets.
are also reminded to check out the Official Supporter Tour and
Hospitality programmes, which have also been experiencing
significant demand with unprecedented demand for ticket-inclusive
travel packages experienced by official travel agents and
significant hospitality interest with the prestigious Webb Ellis
Suite and private suites already sold out.
Limited quantities of Rugby World Cup 2019 tickets will
be periodically made available for sale across 2019 as new ticket
inventory becomes available. These tickets will be a mixture of
seats released from ongoing venue planning and configuration, handbacks from the tournament's commercial programme and unions,
and tickets that have been registered for official resale by fans
who can no longer attend matches.
All future ticket sales
opportunities will be announced in advance, while further details
on the Rugby World Cup 2019 Official Resale site will be provided
in March 2019.
Japan Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising
Committee CEO, Akira Shimazu, said, "The response from both
Japanese and international rugby fans across the ballot phases has
been truly amazing. In particular, the demand for matches
featuring the host nation Japan, top-tier nations New Zealand,
Ireland and England, as well as the knockout stages has been
nothing short of phenomenal. Anybody considering buying
tickets for matches that still have availability should move
quickly when first-come-first-served sales begin on January 19
next year. The huge demand from domestic rugby fans unable to
secure tickets for Japan matches will spread quickly to the
tournament’s remaining fixtures. 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."
When purchasing tickets, fans will be
able to opt-in and donate to the ChildFund Pass It Back programme.
In partnership with World Rugby’s Impact Beyond programme, Pass It
Back inspires positive social change through the delivery of an
integrated life-skills and non-contact tag rugby curriculum,
educating children and young people in areas of leadership,
problem-solving, gender equality, conflict resolution and life
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