England Rugby and Rugby World Cup Limited have announced the fixture times for the RWC 2015.
There is a uniform spread of four kick-off times for the pool stages: 12:00, 14:30, 17:00 and 20:00. This compares favourably to a range of 11 times for France 2007 and nine at New Zealand 2011.
The opening match of Rugby World Cup 2015, between hosts England and the Oceania 1 qualifier at Twickenham, kicks off at 20:00 on September 18. New Zealand’s title defence will begin against Argentina at Wembley at 17:00 on September 20, while the Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals are scheduled for 14:00 and 17:00 at the Millennium Stadium and Twickenham. The Rugby World Cup 2015 Final at Twickenham will kick-off at 17:00 on October 31, guaranteeing a prime-time television platform in the host nation.
Check out the full fixture list here.
Ticket prices, and how you can buy them, have also been announced. 2.3 million tickets will go on sale in 2014, with more than one million available at less than £100, while 500,000 will be priced at £50 or less. At 41 of 48 matches, children will be able to get £7 or £15 tickets, and adult prices will start at £15.
Pool matches – £7-£315
Knockout stages – £15-£515
Final – £150-£715
Key dates to purchase tickets:
January 1, 2014 – Travelling fan packages go on sale (available to everyone through Official Travel Agents)
February 2, 2014 – Hospitality packages go on sale
May/June 2014 – Tickets on sale to Rugby fans through Rugby clubs
September 2014 – General sale application process begins
November/December 2014 – Real time sale of remaining tickets
One year out from the tournament, in September 2014, tickets will go on general sale by a public application process. Fans can apply for tickets, with oversubscribed matches being entered into a ballot system.
England 2015 Chief Executive Debbie Jevans said: “Today we are launching our ticketing plans so that fans understand the ticketing process for Rugby World Cup 2015. We want the tournament to be a celebration of Rugby, encouraging more people to support and enjoy the game.
“We have a range of ticket prices for every budget – for fans and families who want to come to one of the world’s greatest sports events. Our ticketing programme is built for fans who support the Game week in week out, whilst encouraging a new generation of Rugby fans through Rugby World Cup 2015.”
IRB Chief Executive Brett Gosper added: “This announcement represents a fantastic opportunity for fans around the world to experience what promises to be a very special Rugby World Cup. It is the day that they can start to plan. There are affordable and accessible options to suit every need.”