Unprecedented demand for Rugby World Cup 2019 tickets

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  • More than 2.5 million ticket applications received across all ballot phases to date
  • Next ballot application phase open from 19 September to 12 November 

As the countdown to Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan continues, demand for tickets following the recently completed supporter’s club front row sales phase has been remarkable, say the sport's governing body. 

Phenomenal interest from rugby fans both in Japan, and abroad has seen over 2.5 million ticket applications to date since priority applications began in January 2018. 

With tournament organisers Japan Rugby 2019 targeting a total of 1.8 million ticket sales, demand across the tournament, particularly among the top-ranked teams pool matches and finals series, has been exceptionally strong. 

Strong demand

“It is very encouraging to see such strong demand for tickets during the early sales phases," said World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont.

"The level of interest creates a great sense of momentum going in to the next ticket sales period beginning on 19 September, when fans will have another opportunity to get their hands on match tickets for what promises to be a unique and special Rugby World Cup with a fantastic atmosphere in the twelve stadiums and throughout Japan.”

Rugby World Cup 2019 will be the first time the tournament will be held in Asia and the first to be hosted outside of the traditional rugby powerhouse nations. 

With 48 matches played across 12 host cities stretching from the northern island of Hokkaido, to southern island of Kyushu, visiting fans will get to experience the amazing regional diversity Japan has to offer while being a part of the world’s premier rugby tournament. 

Next opportunity

The next opportunity to secure tickets begins on September 19 with the opening of the General Ticket Sales Ballot open to the general public. Fans who have been unsuccessful in securing tickets so far are encouraged to keep trying as tickets are still available for all matches and in all categories, across the entire tournament. 

To increase chances of securing tickets, fans are encouraged to use the traffic-light indicator on the Rugby World Cup ticketing site that clearly shows the level of ticket demand across every match. By choosing matches that are green or amber, fans have a far greater chance of being part of what is shaping up to be a truly once in a lifetime event.

World Cup 2019 Worldwide Partner Mastercard is offering fans who apply for tickets using their Mastercard the chance to receive a double entry in the ticketing ballot. 

With such exceptional demand for tickets, fans are being urged to buy exclusively from official channels to avoid being let down. For more details visit www.rugbyworldcup.com/buy-official. 

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