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By Lisa Smyth

Published 01/04/2015

Australian halfback George Gregan looks over the southern French city of Marseille from Fort St Nicolas,Tuesday Oct 2, 2007. Australia plays England in a quarter-final in Marseille on Saturday Oct 6.
Australian halfback George Gregan looks over the southern French city of Marseille from Fort St Nicolas,Tuesday Oct 2, 2007. Australia plays England in a quarter-final in Marseille on Saturday Oct 6.
New Zealand's Sione Lauaki runs with the ball during the Rugby World Cup Group C match between New Zealand and Romania in Toulouse, France, Saturday, Sept .29, 2007. All Blacks No. 8 Sione Lauaki has been suspended for two weeks after committing a dangerous tackle in Saturday's 85-8 crushing of Romania.
US rugby team supporters smile before the Rugby World Cup Group A match between South Africa and the United States in Mosson Stadium in Montpellier in southern France, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007.
South African rugby team supporters smile before the Rugby World Cup Group A match between South Africa and the United States in Mosson Stadium in Montpellier in southern France, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007.
United States' Takudzwa Ngwenya, right, runs at South Africa's Ruan Pienaar, left, during the Rugby World Cup Group A match against South Africa in Mosson Stadium in Montpellier in southern France, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007. South Africa won the match 64-15.
Argentina's Manuel Contepomi, left, and Ireland's Geordan Murphy vie for the ball during the Rugby World Cup Group D match between Ireland and Argentina at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007. Argentina defeated Ireland 30-15.
Argentina's supporters react after Argentina defeated Ireland 30-15 in their Rugby World Cup Group D match at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007.
Supporters of Ireland react prior to the Rugby World Cup Group D match between Ireland and Argentina at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007.
Julien Bonnaire, right, and David Skrela of France battle for the ball with Georgia's Irakli Giorgadze during the Rugby World Cup Group D match between France and Georgia in Marseille, France, Sunday Sept. 30, 2007.
A French rugby team supporter reacts before the Rugby World Cup Group D match between France and Georgia in Marseille, France, Sunday Sept. 30, 2007.
Italy's Kane Robertson, left, is knocked into touch by Scotland's Jason White during the Rugby World Cup Group C match between Scotland and Italy, in Saint-Etienne, France, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007.
A Scotland rugby team supporter shouts out before the Rugby World Cup Group C match between Scotland and Italy, in Saint-Etienne, France, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007.
Fiji's Vilimoni Delasau, right, and Wales' Mark Jones chase the ball during the Rugby World Cup Group B match between Fiji and Wales in Nantes, France, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007.
Wales Shane Williams looks up after passing the ball during the Rugby World Cup Group B match between Fiji and Wales in Nantes, France, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007.
A supporter of the Welsh rugby team smiles before the Rugby World Cup Group B match between Fiji and Wales in Nantes, France, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007.
England's Paul Sackey dives to score a try during the Rugby World Cup Group A match between England and Tonga at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Friday Sept.28, 2007. England won the match 36-20.
An England's fan reacts before the Rugby World Cup Group A match between England and Tonga at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Friday Sept.28, 2007.
Members of the Ballet Preljocaj perform a haka ballet for a group of the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team in Aix en Provence, France, Wednesday, Sept 26, 2007. New Zealand have been based in Aix en Provence for the Rugby World Cup.
Australian scrum half George Gregan poses next to a rugby ball statue in the city of Toulon, France, Monday, Sept 17, 2007 after he signed to play for RCT (Rugby Club of Toulon) in the 2007-08 season. Gregan is the most capped international rugby union player in the history of the game and also became the Australian Test captaincy record holder when he led the team to a 20-18 victory against South Africa in Sydney. RCT have also signed formers All Black flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens and team manager Tana Umaga. Gregan, will arrive at Toulon after the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
Julien Bonnaire of France secures lineout ball during the Rugby World Cup Group D match between France and Namibia, in Toulouse, southwestern France, Sunday Sept. 16, 2007.
Members of the Fijian rugby team perform their 'Haka' before the Rugby World Cup Group B match between Fiji and Canada at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Sunday Sept. 16, 2007
Supporters gather in the stands ahead of the Rugby World Cup Group A match between Samoa and Tonga, at the La Mosson Stadium, in Montpellier, southern France, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007.
Samoa's Alesana Tuilagi is stopped in his tracks by a Tongan defender during the Rugby World Cup Group A match between Samoa and Tonga, at the La Mosson Stadium, in Montpellier, southern France, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007. Tonga won 19-15.
Olly Barkley of England, in the air, is tackled by Paul Emerick of the United States, rear, as Valinese Malifa, left, looks on during the Rugby World Cup Group A match between England and The US at the Bollaert stadium in Lens, northern France, in this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007 file photo. Emerick was banned for five weeks for a dangerous tackle Tuesday and will almost certainly miss the rest of the Rugby World Cup. The American outside center was sent to the sin bin in the 80th minute of the United States' 28-10 loss to England at Lens on Saturday for dumping England flyhalf Olly Barkley on his head in a spear tackle.
Argentinian team captain Agustin Pichot, right, gets pictured by fans after the Rugby World Cup Group D match between France and Argentina, Friday, Sept.7, 2007 at the Stade de France stadium outside Paris. Argentina won 17-12.
Ireland's Paul O'Connell lifts up Georgia's Giorgi Chkhaidze during the Rugby World Cup Group D match between Georgia and Ireland in Bordeaux, France, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007.
A Scotland fan plays a the bagpipes before the Rugby World Cup Group C match between Scotland and Portugal, Sunday Sept.9, 2007 at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in St Etienne, central France.
New Zealand's Sione Lauaki, right, tackles Portugal's Tiago Girao during the Rugby World Cup Group C match between New Zealand and Portugal, Saturday Sept. 15, 2007 at Gerland stadium in Lyon, central France.
Supporters of Ireland wave their national flag before the Rugby World Cup Group D match between Ireland and Namibia at the Chaban-Delmas stadium in Bordeaux, soutwestern France, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007
Australia's Wycliff Palu takes a high ball in front of Wales' Gareth Thomas during the the Rugby World Cup Group B match against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales Saturday Sept. 15, 2007.
Fans wave South African flags prior to the Rugby World Cup Group A match between South Africa and Samoa, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.
Italy's Ramiro Pez, right, prepares to kick as Valerio Bernabo rests during the Rugby World Cup Group C match between Italy and Romania., at the Velodrome Stadium, in Marseille, southern France, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007.
England's Jason Robinson, top, is grabbed before catching the ball the Rugby World Cup Group A match between England and South Africa, Friday Sept. 14, 2007 at the Stade de France stadium in Saint Denis, outside Paris.
Chris Wyles of the U.S., left, is grabbed in midair by Tonga's Epeli Taione during the Rugby World Cup Group A match between the U.S. and Tonga at the Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier, France, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007.
Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu of Samoa jumps over Bryan Habana of South Africa during the Rugby World Cup Group A match between South Africa and Samoa, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.
Ireland's Donnacha O' Callaghan wins lineout ball during the Rugby World Cup Group D match between Ireland and Namibia at the Chaban-Delmas stadium in Bordeaux, soutwestern France Sunday Sept. 9, 2007.

Rugby fans have been left furious after they were unable to buy tickets for the upcoming World Cup from the official website - while other websites are selling tickets for £2,000 each.

More than 70,000 additional tickets went on general sale on the England 2015 Rugby World Cup website yesterday.

Those hoping to buy tickets through official channels were redirected to a page on the Rugby World Cup website and placed in a queue - but were faced with an uncertain wait. At the same time, tickets to watch Ireland take on Romania and Canada in September were available to buy on www.stubhub.com for £2,000.

Meanwhile, tickets on www.viagogo.com for the Ireland versus France game were selling for £1,594.

One fan said that he had been waiting more than six hours on the official website and still had not made it to the top of the online queue yesterday afternoon. "It's a mess, total chaos," he said.

He had been trying to buy tickets for the France versus Ireland match at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff - certain to attract heavy interest from fans in Northern Ireland.

"This is probably the best match people are scrambling to get tickets for, but to be left hanging for hours shows what poor communications the Rugby World Cup has.

"It doesn't bode well for the future." Another fan said: "It's ridiculous but it doesn't surprise me. I tried to get tickets through the ballot just after Christmas but didn't have any joy. The organisers say they don't want their tickets sold through unofficial channels but they allow these websites to advertise at rugby games."

People buying tickets from unofficial sources can be refused entrance. No one from England 2015 Rugby World Cup was available to comment.

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