They were forced to do so for London 2012 as a precondition of hosting the
Olympics and Paralympics. The International Rugby Board did not apply the
same condition for the Rugby World Cup and England Rugby 2015 did not
request it either. That was until London 2012 veteran Debbie Jevans became
its chief executive two years ago. But the Government was not convinced of
the need to legislate when other measures could be used to combat the
And they are?
Limiting the number of tickets per match that can be applied for to four,
creating a ballot system, using sophisticated software to detect and prevent
botnet attacks, and threatening to refuse entry to anyone holding a resold
ticket. None of these are fool-proof.
What should I do if I want to buy World Cup tickets?
Firstly, there is no rush. The general sale begins at 10am tomorrow and runs
through to September 29 but it is not being operated on a first come, first
served basis. Register your details with tickets.rugbyworldcup.com and apply
for the matches you want to see. Any oversubscribed games will be balloted
so even the criminals will have to wait to October to learn if they have
How much do tickets cost?
They start at £7 for children and go all the way up to £750 for the most
expensive ticket for the final.
What if I don’t get what I want in the ballot?
There is an official resale platform for consumers to legitimately buy or sell
unwanted tickets. However, even ordinary fans may be tempted to make a
profit by selling on secondary sites. This is not illegal but is a breach of
the ticket terms and conditions and you could be denied entry if found in
possession of such a ticket.
How do I maximise my chances of getting tickets?
Everyone will be chasing high-demand games such as England matches and
fixtures between the game’s heavyweights. Cover your bases by targeting
other games – particularly those outside London – to avoid disappointment.
You should also use the website’s Match Manager, which allows you to apply for
all game but will only allocate you tickets for a maximum number of games
you wish to attend.
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