Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

World Cup prices known in November

England Rugby 2015 chief executive Debbie Jevans has confirmed that ticket pricing and kick-off times for the World Cup will be announced in November.

Preparations for the eighth edition of the tournament have reached the two years to go milestone with Jevans promising "the building blocks are in place to have a great event".

Ticket prices will range from £7-£715 and will go on sale 12 months before the competition starts, although further details are still being finalised, while kick-off times are close to be agreed.

"In the last 12 months we have achieved a great deal and laid the foundations - two years out we are on track and in good shape," Jevans said.

"We are now focused on agreeing the kick-off times and the ticketing strategy by the end of the year.

"We continue to work with the International Rugby Board and all our key stakeholders and our aim is for tickets to be as affordable and accessible as possible.

"As we move into 2014 we begin to fully engage and mobilise our plans with the launch of the volunteer programme, international Webb Ellis Cup tour and tickets going on sale."

The England Rugby 2015 organising committee will increase from 50-strong to 70 by the end of the year and Jevans also revealed that 75% of the 6,000 volunteers required will be drawn from rugby clubs.

Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie hailed the World Cup as the "opportunity of a lifetime" to raise the profile of the sport in this country.

"We want to be able to look back and say we really didn't miss a trick in capitalising on the interest generated by the sport," Ritchie said.

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