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World Cup tickets on sale Friday

Tickets for next year's Rugby World Cup go on sale on Friday morning with high-demand games to be decided via a ballot.

Prices for adults range from £15 for low-profile group games up to £715 for the best seats at the final at Twickenham. The cheapest adult ticket to watch an England group game at Twickenham will be £75, and £50 for their match against a play-off winner in Manchester.

The cheapest seats for Wales and Ireland matches are £50, but Scotland fans will only have to pay £20 for the category D tickets against Japan and the USA. Tickets for children start at £7.

England Rugby 2015 have to raise £250million from tickets to cover the cost of the tournament and pay the International Rugby Board £80million under the hosting agreement, meaning the average ticket will cost around £100. Organisers say almost a quarter of all tickets will be under £50 however.

An England Rugby 2015 spokeswoman said: "We have worked hard to create as many low priced tickets as we can - and prices start at £7 for children and £15 for adults. Over half a million tickets will cost £50 or less - but it is a balance as ticketing revenue is our only revenue stream to fund the tournament.

"The pool stages of the tournament will have a much lower average price than the knock-out stage of the tournament, where prices are generally higher."

There will be a 'traffic light' indicator system on the ticket website - www.tickets.rugbyworldcup.com - to show which matches are receiving a lot of applications and are likely to go to ballot.

Debbie Jevans, chief executive of England Rugby 2015, said: "This is an exciting moment as up to one million tickets go on sale for Rugby World Cup 2015. As we approach a year to go, it's the moment that rugby fans all around the world have been waiting for.

"We have worked hard to develop a ticketing system which makes the application process easy and efficient as possible, and offers flexibility to fans. Fans have 17 days to apply, so there is no rush and they should take time to consider what they would like to purchase."

Fans have been warned they can be refused entry if they buy them from unlicensed sources under the organisers' terms and conditions.

The ticket agency Ticketmaster has brought in measures to combat secondary agencies using sophisticated software to flood their website with ticket applications for high-demand games.

Rugby World Cup chairman Bernard Lapasset said: "Our objective is to ensure that fans have a great time and therefore we urge all fans to be vigilant and check that that they are buying from official channels as we are very much aware that unofficial sources will attempt to exploit supporters."

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