With less than 64 days to go until Rugby World
Cup 2019 kicks off in Japan, tickets destined for international
fans began shipping on Thursday from the DHL Express Tokyo
This significant milestone was marked with a symbolic
ticket dispatch ceremony in which the very first batch of tickets
were officially passed from the Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising
Committee to DHL for onward distribution around the globe.
With around 33 per cent of Rugby World Cup 2019
tickets destined for international fans, the ceremony marks the
beginning of a process that will see hundreds of thousands of
tickets shipped to fans in more than 170 countries worldwide.
As Rugby World Cup 2019 tickets began their
global journey, Thursday the
forthcoming dates for sales of the remaining tickets was announced. The current
sales period, open since 18 May, will finish at 23:30 Japan
Standard Time (JST) on Wednesday, 24 July. Remaining ticket
inventory will then be available for a final general sales phase
set to begin at 18:00 JST on Saturday, 10 August.
These tickets will be a mixture of seats released from
ongoing venue planning and configuration and hand-backs 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.
Japan Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising
Committee CEO Akira Shimazu said: "Today marked another major
milestone in the Rugby World Cup 2019 journey. The sense of
excitement and expectation I experienced today will be replicated
hundreds of thousands of times across the world in the coming
weeks, as fans in more than 170 countries receive their Rugby
World Cup tickets. For overseas fans still contemplating
coming Japan, I cannot encourage you strongly enough to take this
opportunity to secure tickets for what promises to be a truly
memorable Rugby World Cup. The entire country is getting swept up
in Rugby World Cup fever and our 12 host cities are ready to offer
an incredibly special and unique welcome. No matter which match
you attend, I can assure that you will have an experience of a
With Rugby World Cup match tickets often kept by fans as a
treasured memento, demand for printed tickets has been typically
strong. The deadline for fans looking to secure printed tickets
will be Wednesday, 24 July when the current sales phase ends. Any
tickets sold beyond this date will be available in self-print,
e-ticket format only.
Another option for fans looking to
secure specific match tickets is through the Rugby World Cup 2019
Official Supporter Tour and Hospitality programmes.
Ticket-inclusive travel packages provided through RWC 2019
official travel agents for some of the most popular matches are still available.
prestigious Webb Ellis Suite and private hospitality suites are
already sold out, however some other match-day hospitality options
are also still available.
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 preparation.
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Pictures of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Games Qualifier in Hong
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