Countdown to Rugby World Cup 2011 begins

The International Rugby Board has confirmed that tickets to the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand next year will go on sale on April 27th, marking the beginning of the countdown to the event.

The video below has been created by the IRB’s marketing department, and it certainly got me excited and jogged a few incredible memories from previous tournaments.


If you fancy taking the trip to New Zealand, you can apply to enter a ballot for tickets to all pool matches at a chosen venue, and tickets to all pool matches featuring a particular team from April 27th. Then in August and September, you’ll be able to apply for individual tickets to every game except the semi-finals and final.

A package to see all of England’s pool matches will set you back between £127 (for Cat D tickets) and £374 (for Cat A). The Wales package is marginally cheaper, whilst Scotland’s and Ireland’s packages are slightly cheaper again at to £104 to £326.

I’m quite tempted to get myself out there for what is sure to be an amazing trip, but not sure if any of the home nations will be competitive enough. What do you think? Is it worth going?

Some people have been claiming that ticket prices are too high, but these costs suggest that you could see every match that England play in the competition for just £127!

7 thoughts on “Countdown to Rugby World Cup 2011 begins

  1. I would love to go, but get real £127 to see all of the England pool games. The cost of flights from about £1200, accommodation and travel from Christchurch to Duneaden and back. So unlike France in 2007 getting there was not the problem the cost of tickets was and also for France you could have splashed out on one game, for NZ it is unlikely that you will do that. So its nice to see the cost of tickets at a sensible price, but the sheer logistics in getting there will cost. I think the NH teams are in with a shout, I think the gap between NH rugby and SH has closed, but I do fancy NZ to win.

  2. I’m going to be bold and predict that the Boks will achieve the first back to back RWC wins. I reckon France will be the best NH team, but the Boks will be too strong for them.

    England will make the quarter finals, the Aussies might make the semis this time. As for the hosts, I expect to once again hear the words “Four more years boys, four more years”!

    Remember where you heard it first.

  3. Wouldn’t bet against South Africa, but the “Blacks” are going to be desperate for this one. Perhaps too desperate, that would let France in with chance on their current form, but if they play like thaey did against England in the 6N then thay may get knoked out by Wales. ;-)

  4. Rugby World Cup 2011 should be a fantastic tournament. I found a great range of ticket inclusive travel packages at England Rugby Travel – They offer Explorer packages for those wishing to travel around the New Zealand host cities independently, as well as full travel packages that take care of everything, from your return flights, internal travel and centrally located hotels. Both of these packages include guaranteed match tickets.

  5. I’m planning to take a trip to NZ for the world cup – sailing my yacht from Jamaica, through the Panama Canal and across the South Pacific, calling at various spots on the way. The trip will begin at the end of February, taking seven months(ish). I’m looking for three rugby fans, preferably with some sailing experience to join me. If you’re interested, add a comment with your email address and I’ll be in touch.

  6. HI guys we have a 7 bedroom house 10 mins drive from Ami stadium in Christchurch NZ thats available for rent during the RWC. 10 minute walk from Brighton beach and Que2 stadium where the britts will be training I believe
    Get a group together and base yourselves here in chch at our place. Good local ‘real ale’ on tap
    We’ll have a van available as well for you guys to travel around in
    Email me for more details

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