Rugby World Cup 2015: How to secure match tickets for the tournament


When and where can I apply for Rugby World Cup tickets?

From 10am on Friday 12 September until 6pm on Monday 29 September, so you have plenty of time to browse the schedule and make your selections. Go to and follow the instructions.

Is it first-come, first-served?

It isn’t. Your chances of getting the tickets you want are no different whether you apply at the beginning or end of the window. If a match you apply for is not oversubscribed by the end of the window, you are guaranteed a ticket. If demand outstrips supply (which in most cases is far more likely), it will go to ballot.

How many matches can I apply for?

You can apply for as many as you like – and then use the “Match Manager” tool to cap the number of games you are allocated tickets for in the ballot. As an example, you could apply for 30 matches but limit the number you are allocated to 10. You do not have to do this but it could increase your chances of landing a ticket to some of the higher-profile fixtures – particularly if you are willing to go up the price categories.

Can I see how well matches are selling, though?

Yes, and this might help you to make as realistic an application as possible when deciding on the tickets that you want. When a match goes to ballot, it will be shown on the website and you may wish to switch your attention to one that is attracting fewer fans if you are not feeling especially choosy.

How many tickets can I request per match?

Generally it is four per game but for 15 designated fixtures the limit rockets to 15. The website lists them in full, but there are some juicy ones on there: matches involving Australia, New Zealand, France and Ireland all feature and 10 of the 13 venues are involved.

Ah yes, the price categories. How much do tickets cost then?

They vary wildly, as you might expect. An adult will not be able to watch the opening match, England v Fiji at Twickenham, for less than £75, while the most expensive ticket for the final is £715. Child tickets, available for the pool games, are priced as low as £7 in some instances and, with Category D prices for adults available at £15 or £20 for certain fixtures, it is possible for a family group to watch matches cheaply. The prices for each game are outlined clearly on the website.

What if I would be happy to pay a little more than I said, if that was what it took to attend the game?

Then you are cut out perfectly for the “Increase Your Chances” facility, which will be flagged up when you apply. If you select it, you give permission to be allocated for tickets in the next-highest prices category – if available – should your preferred category be sold out.

Which matches do you think I should target if I’m not remotely fussy?

Well, it’s not rocket science to suggest that England’s pool games will all be hot tickets and that fixtures such as Australia v Wales, South Africa v Scotland, New Zealand v Argentina and France v Ireland aren’t going to hang around for long either. Some of the smaller stadia such as Exeter’s Sandy Park may find demand higher than you would expect for Tonga v Namibia and its like, too. Somewhere like Brighton or Leicester could be a good bet – both have capacities of a little over 30,000 and games like Argentina v Namibia and Samoa v Japan look eminently watchable without necessarily commanding an unseemly scrum for tickets.

What if I apply and then my circumstances alter or I just change my mind?

It’s ok, you can amend or even cancel your application at any stage during the ticketing window.

I’m not quite ready to commit to next September yet – can I apply nearer the time?

Yes, but you won’t have the safety net of a ballot then. Should any tickets be left over from this month’s window, they will go back on sale in November on a first-come first-served basis. In the spring, supporters will also have the chance to offload their unwanted tickets via the website – details will be announced nearer the time, but rest assured that these sales will be at face value.

What if I fancy chancing it on the day of a game?

Tread very carefully indeed, because there will be no tickets available on a walk-up basis. There have been well-documented fears that touts and criminal gangs will hijack the application process and buy in bulk to resell at exorbitant prices, but if you buy your ticket from someone outside the stadium – or from any other unofficial channel that springs up between now and September – then you run a very serious risk of not being let into the stadium and, of course, of breaking the law.

I am ready to book. How do I pay?

By card, as long as it is not an American Express. Using a MasterCard or debit card avoids a 2% transaction charge incurred by any other kind of credit card.

When do I find out whether I’ve been successful in the ballot?

Pretty soon – you will be notified during October but the actual seats you will be sitting in are not decided until 2015.


For each match, three prices are quoted: for the most expensive adult ticket; for the cheapest adult ticket; and for the cheapest child ticket, if available

Twickenham, London, capacity 81,605

Fri 18 Sep England v Fiji £315; £75; £15

Sat 19 Sep France v Italy £250; £50; £15

Sat 26 Sep England v Wales £315; £75; £15

Sat 3 Oct England v Australia £315; £75; £15

Sat 10 Oct Australia v Wales £250; £50; £15

Sat 17 Oct Quarter-final: Winner B v Runner-up A £250; £95; n/a

Sun 18 Oct Quarter-final: Winner A v Runner-up B £250; £95; n/a

Sat 24 Oct Semi-final: Winner QF1 v Winner QF2 £515; £125; n/a

Sun 25 Oct Semi-final: Winner QF3 v Winner QF4 £515; £125; n/a

Sat 31 Oct World Cup Final £715; £150; n/a

Olympic Stadium, London, capacity 54,000

Wed 23 Sep France v Romania £85; £20; £15

Thu 24 Sep New Zealand v Namibia £175; £50; £15

Sun 4 Oct Ireland v Italy £175; £50; £15

Wed 7 Oct South Africa v USA £85; £20; £15

Fri 30 Oct Bronze final £175; £50; £15

Wembley Stadium, London, capacity 90,256

Sun 20 Sep New Zealand v Argentina £175; £50; £15

Sun 27 Sep Ireland v Romania £175; £50; £15

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, capacity 74,154

Sat 19 Sep Ireland v Canada £175; £50; £15

Sun 20 Sep Wales v Play-off winner £175; £50; £15

Wed 23 Sep Australia v Fiji £150; £50; £15

Thu 1 Oct Wales v Fiji £175; £50; £15

Fri 2 Oct New Zealand v Georgia £150; £50; £15

Sun 11 Oct France v Ireland £250; £50; £15

Sat 17 Oct Quarter-final: Winner C v Runner-up D £250; £95; n/a

Sun 18 Oct Quarter-final: Winner D v Runner-up C £250; £95; n/a

St James’ Park, Newcastle, capacity 52,409

Sat 3 Oct South Africa v Scotland £175; £50; £15

Fri 9 Oct New Zealand v Tonga £150; £50; £15

Sat 10 Oct Samoa v Scotland £150; £50; £15

City of Manchester Stadium*, capacity 47,800

Sat 10 Oct England v Play-off winner £250; £50; £15

Villa Park, Birmingham, capacity 42,785

Sat 26 Sep South Africa v Samoa £150; £50; £15

Sun 27 Sep Australia v Play-off winner £85; £20; £15

Elland Road, Leeds, capacity 37,914

Sat 26 Sep Italy v Canada £85; £20; £15

Sun 27 Sep Scotland v USA £85; £20; £15

Leicester City Stadium*, capacity 32,312

Sun 4 Oct Argentina v Tonga £150; £50; £15

Tue 6 Oct Canada v Romania £60; £15; £7

Sun 11 Oct Argentina v Namibia £85; £20; £15

Brighton Community Stadium*, capacity 30,750

Sat 19 Sep South Africa v Japan £85; £20; £15

Sun 20 Sep Samoa v USA £60; £15; £7

Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, capacity 30,717

Thu 1 Oct France v Canada £150; £50; £15

Sat 3 Oct Samoa v Japan £85; £20; £15

Tue 6 Oct Play-off winner v Fiji £60; £15; £7

Kingsholm, Gloucester, capacity 16,115

Sat 19 Sep Tonga v Georgia £60; £15; £7

Wed 23 Sep Scotland v Japan £85; £20; £15

Fri 25 Sep Argentina v Georgia £85; £20; £15

Sun 11 Oct USA v Japan £60; £15; £7

Sandy Park, Exeter, capacity 12,300

Tue 29 Sep Tonga v Namibia £60; £15; £7

Wed 7 Oct Namibia v Georgia £60; £15; £7

Sun 11 Oct Italy v Romania £85; £20; £15

*Stadium names changed for the event because of sponsorship reasons

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