Pricey World Cup awaits fans

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:50
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World Cup organisers may be keen to punt the high number of 'affordable' tickets on offer, but the 2015 World Cup in England will be a pricey affair for fans.

World Cup organisers may be keen to punt the high number of 'affordable' tickets on offer, but the 2015 World Cup in England will be a pricey affair for fans.

Organisers announced on Wednesday that more than one million tickets for World Cup 2015 will be made available at £100 (US$163) or less and 500,000 at £50 (US$82) or less.

This, they claim, means prices were "affordable and accessible".

However, the need to generate a staggering £80-million (US$130-million) means tickets for the play-offs will be almost 25 percent more expensive that those of the last tournament - the 2011 version in New Zealand.

Adult tickets start at £15 (US$25) for pool matches and there will be child tickets available from £7 (US$11) at 41 of the 48 matches.

Ticket prices will range from £7 (US$11) to £315 (US$514) for pool matches, £15 (US$25) to £515 (US$840) for knockout matches and £150 (US$250) to £715 (US$1,166) for the Final at Twickenham on October 31.

England 2015 Chief Executive Debbie Jevans said the pricing was done to ensure more people can support and enjoy the tournament.

"We have a range of ticket prices for every budget," Jevans said, adding: "Our ticketing programme is built for fans who support the game week in week out, whilst encouraging a new generation of fans through World Cup 2015."
 
IRB Chief Executive Brett Gosper added: "This announcement represents a fantastic opportunity for fans around the world to experience what promises to be a very special World Cup. There are affordable and accessible options to suit every need."
 
* Meanwhile the fixtures were also released.

England will face an as yet unnamed side from Oceania at Twickenham in the opening game of the World Cup on September 18.

World champions New Zealand will begin the defence of their crown against fellow Rugby Championship side Argentina at Wembley on September 20.

Ireland take on Canada at the Millennium Stadium the day before, while Wales begin their campaign at the same time and venue on September 20.

Scotland must wait until Wednesday September 23 to get started, when they will face an as yet to be decided team from Asia at Gloucester's Kingsholm Stadium.

The two other Six Nations teams, France and Italy, go head-to-head on September 19.

Two-time World Cup champions South Africa face an Asian qualifier on September 19, while fellow Rugby Championship outfit Australia (also two-time winners) have to wait to September 23 when they face a qualifier from the Oceania group.

The two semifinals will be staged at Twickenham over the weekend of October 24 and 25.

The 48th and Final contest of the tournament also takes place at the historic west London venue on Saturday, October 31.

"Our key priority is ensuring we give the teams a balanced and equitable schedule which we believe we have achieved," said Jevans.

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 26 August 2016
Golden Lions v Boland 15h00 Johannesburg
Pumas v Griquas 17h10 Kimberley
Sat, 27 August 2016
New Zealand v Australia 07h35 Wellington
EP Kings v Western Province 14h00 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Blue Bulls 16h10 Durban
Argentina v South Africa 19h40 Salta
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 20 August 2016
South Africa v Argentina 30 | 23
Golden Lions v Griquas 24 | 30
Australia v New Zealand 8 | 42
Fri, 19 August 2016
Blue Bulls v EP Kings 49 | 35
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs 25 | 32
Boland v Sharks 20 | 41
Sat, 13 August 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls 43 | 20
Golden Lions v Pumas 68 | 26
Fri, 12 August 2016
Sharks v Griquas 46 | 24
EP Kings v Boland 10 | 28
Sat, 06 August 2016
Boland v Free State Cheetahs 16 | 44
Hurricanes v Lions 20 | 3
Fri, 05 August 2016
Pumas v Sharks 10 | 33
Blue Bulls v Western Province 45 | 26
Sat, 30 July 2016
Lions v Highlanders 42 | 30
WORLD CUP
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Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Australia 4 4 0 0 17
Wales 4 3 0 1 13
England 4 2 0 2 11
Fiji 4 1 0 3 5
Uruguay 4 0 0 4 0
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa 4 3 0 1 16
Scotland 4 3 0 1 14
Japan 4 3 0 1 12
Samoa 4 1 0 3 6
United States 4 0 0 4 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand 4 4 0 0 19
Argentina 4 3 0 1 15
Georgia 4 2 0 2 8
Tonga 4 1 0 3 6
Namibia 4 0 0 4 1
Pool D
Team P W D L Pts
Ireland 4 4 0 0 18
France 4 3 0 1 14
Italy 4 2 0 2 10
Romania 4 1 0 3 4
Canada 4 0 0 4 2