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Rugby World Cup tickets prove costly with final seats going for £715

By Martyn Zeigler

Tickets for next year's Rugby World Cup go on sale this 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 found to be higher."

There will be a 'traffic light' indicator system on the official ticketing website – www.tickets.rugbyworldcup.com – to show which matches are receiving a lot of applications and are likely to be decided by the ballot system.

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