Rugby World Cup tickets hard to get

2014-09-21 15:00

It’s going to cost big bucks to watch the Springboks in action in next year’s Rugby World Cup in England.

Last Friday, up to 1?million tickets to the rugby showpiece went on sale to the public via the ticketing website of the International Rugby Board (IRB), and Thursday marked the one-year countdown to the start of the tournament on September 18 2015.

The IRB has adopted a policy of selling the tickets in tranches – first to operators of tour packages, then hospitality packages, then to the rugby community (club members).

The opening of ticket sales to the public resulted in key games being immediately oversubscribed – especially for play-off matches.

Online tickets were not sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

The application window closes on September 29, and oversubscribed matches and price categories will go to a ballot to ensure fair allocation.

Next month, fans will be advised of the tickets they have successfully been allocated.

With the tournament mostly staged in London, one of the world’s most accessible and frequently visited tourist destinations, or in close proximity to the city, tickets to the World Cup are going to be difficult to get – and expensive.

A prime seat at Twickenham for the final – provided you can lay your hands on one – will set you back £715, a whopping R12?922 at the current exchange rate.

The other categories are £515, £315 and £150, but most of these will be in the upper reaches of the stadium and are unlikely to still be available given Twickenham’s crowd capacity of 82?000.

The best option for South African fans, albeit well-heeled ones, will be to buy a package from the SA Rugby Union’s travel partner, SA Rugby Travel (, or its sub-agents, Edusport Travel and Makro Sports Travel.

But a first-class trip to see the semifinals and the final (always a risk in case the Boks don’t get that far), including flights, accommodation and match tickets, will cost about R105?000 per person.

Packages are available excluding accommodation (attractive to many South African fans who have family or friends in the UK), but even these are pricy. For instance, R18?250 to watch the Boks play against Scotland at St James’ Park and the USA at London’s Olympic Stadium during the pool stages.

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