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Rugby World Cup Ticket Plans Unveiled

posted 27 Nov 2013, 10:23 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 27 Nov 2013, 10:24 ]

Young fans will be able to watch Rugby World Cup matches in 2015 at special discount rates, organisers reveal.

 LONDON, UK (NOVEMBER 27, 2013) (ITN) - Tickets for many matches at the 2015 rugby World Cup will be seven pounds ($11.33) for children and 15 pounds for adults as organisers unveiled a strategy aimed at opening up the tournament to families and grass-roots fans.

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Forty-one of the 48 matches will have child tickets (under 16 years old) at seven pounds or 15 pounds with organisers aiming to attract a new generation of young fans to the game.

Adult tickets for pool games will also start at 15 pounds, with half a million available at 50 pounds or less and more than a million on sale for 100 pounds or less.

Every one of the more than 2,000 clubs affiliated to the Rugby Football Union(RFU) will be guaranteed at least one ticket to the final at Twickenham on Saturday Oct. 31, which will kick off at 1700GMT.

With many of the tournament's organising team having moved directly from the 2012 Olympics, progress has been made in making public the number of tickets available in each category, in stark contrast to the London Games' opaque approach.

"What's important to us is to have a wide range of prices, a range of prices from those matches in the pool stages right up to the top price for the final, and we've managed to achieve that," England 2015 chief executive Debbie Jevans - who was director of sport for Olympic organisers LOCOG - said at Twickenham on Wednesday (November 27).

"Forty-one of our 48 matches have a children's concession which is fantastic and those start at seven pounds, which I think is extraordinarily competitive for a childrens' price for a major sporting event, to watch the world's best teams."

Tickets for each match are split roughly equally into four categories, with no limit on the number of child tickets available in the lower two categories for all pool games and the third/fourth place playoff.

The best seats at the final will cost 715 pounds with the cheapest at 150, and while the top adult price at the lowest-key pool games is 60 pounds that rises to 315 for matches such as England's Twickenham clashes with Australia and Wales.

($1 = 0.6180 British pounds)